Heating & Air Conditioning Technician

Recruitment #19-4036-001

Definition

Performs skilled journey-level heating and air conditioning work in the installation, inspection, maintenance, alteration, and repair of hot water, high and low pressure steam, and direct gas-fired heating, chilled water and direct expansion refrigeration and air conditioning, and ventilating systems, equipment, and controls at a college.

Typical Duties

Inspects, maintains, repairs and modifies hot water, high and low-pressure steam, and direct gas-fired heating, chilled water and direct expansion refrigeration and air conditioning, and ventilating systems, equipment, and controls, including pilots, relays, coils, heating and condensate piping, controls, valves, compressors, fans, dampers, vents, blowers, pumps, burners, gauges, and traps.

Installs heating, ventilating, refrigeration, and air conditioning systems, equipment, and controls on new construction, alteration, improvement and rehabilitation projects.

Calibrates and adjusts thermostats, valves, and controls to specified levels of operation.

Ignites gas or oil fired burners and monitors pressure, temperature, and draft meters to assure specified levels of operation.

Reads meters and gauges and records data such as temperature of equipment, hours of operation, fuel consumption, and temperature and analysis of fuel gases.

Tests and treats circulating water to prevent scale and corrosion.

Reviews plans, blueprints, and specifications for heating and air conditioning projects to understand scope of projects and to recommend potential changes to supervisor.

Attends to trouble calls for emergency repairs to heating units, refrigeration, and air conditioning equipment.

Effectively utilizes energy management systems software programs to program and monitor energy resources used in the heating and air conditioning trade.

Safely operates tools and equipment used in the heating and air conditioning trade.

Maintains heating and air conditioning hand and power tools and equipment to ensure their safe and efficient operation.

Maintains shop area and supplies in a safe, clean, and orderly condition.

May assist in estimating job costs, preparing material lists and job records, and maintaining an inventory of supplies and tools for assigned area/projects.

May assist in planning and developing modifications to existing heating and air conditioning systems.

May inspect facilities for heating and air conditioning maintenance work and safety problems related to heating and air conditioning materials and equipment.

May assist in inspecting of heating and air conditioning work performed by outside contractors.

May assist in developing job specifications, diagrams, and blueprints related to heating and air conditioning work.

May provide work direction to staff assigned to the heating and air conditioning unit.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics

A Heating and Air Conditioning Technician performs skilled journey-level heating and air conditioning work in the installation, inspection, maintenance, alteration, and repair of heating, ventilating, refrigeration, and air conditioning systems, equipment, and controls at a college.

A General Foreman plans, coordinates, and supervises the work of skilled journey-level workers of at least three building trades and other staff assigned to work projects at a college, and has job site responsibility for various building trades projects.

A Lead Heating and Air Conditioning Technician acts as a lead over a small group of journey-level workers of the heating and air conditioning trade and other assigned staff and performs the more complex work related to the installation, inspection, maintenance, alteration, and repair of heating, ventilating, refrigeration, and air conditioning systems, equipment and controls at a college. Lead responsibilities include guidance and instruction on techniques, methods, and procedures for accomplishing assigned tasks and solving problems. A small group of employees typically consists of at least three people, two of whom must be at the journey-level.

Supervision

General supervision is received from a General Foreman or Director of College Facilities. May provide work direction to Maintenance Assistants.

Class Qualifications

Knowledge of:

Hot water, high and low pressure steam, and direct gas-fired heating systems and related equipment

Chilled water and direct expansion refrigeration and air conditioning systems and related equipment

Ventilating systems

Principals of alternative and renewable energies

Load shifting

Design and function of mechanical, pneumatic, electrical, electronic and digital control systems used on heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning equipment

Current practices, hand and power tools, equipment, materials, and supplies used in the heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning trade

Digital energy management systems

Use of solar energy in heating and air conditioning systems

Installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilating, refrigeration, and air conditioning systems, equipment, and controls

Testing and inspection methods for heating, ventilating, refrigeration, and air conditioning systems, equipment, and controls

State and local regulations pertaining to heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning systems

Fire and safety regulations and practices pertaining to the heating and air conditioning trade

Industrial and commercial building construction

Harmful effects of hazardous or toxic materials and the protection and safeguards required when working with or controlling such materials

Basic recordkeeping procedures

Capabilities of computer applications, systems, and hardware used in the heating and air conditioning trade

Skills in:

Using tools and equipment of the trade

Ability to:

Install, inspect, maintain, modify, and repair a wide variety of heating, ventilating, refrigeration, and air conditioning systems, equipment, and controls

Diagnose electronic, electro-mechanical, electrical, and mechanical malfunctions

Make complex emergency repairs

Effectively use test equipment

Safely lift heavy tools and materials

Safely operate tools and equipment of the heating and air conditioning trade

Read, interpret, and work from blueprints, drawings, schematics, diagrams, sketches, and specifications

Follow oral and written instructions

Work effectively and cooperatively with District staff, students, and outside contractors

Keep accurate records

Effectively utilize computer systems and software applicable to the heating and air conditioning trade

Learn characteristics of new systems and equipment of the heating and air conditioning trade and update skills to adapt to changing technology

Learn general and specialized software applications

Entrance Qualifications

Education and Experience:

A. Graduation from high school or its equivalent AND completion of a recognized apprentice training program of at least four years' duration in the heating and air conditioning trade AND one year of recent, full-time, paid, journey-level experience in the heating and air conditioning trade.

OR

B. Graduation from high school or its equivalent AND five years of recent, full-time, paid experience in heating and air conditioning work under the supervision of a journeyman or crafts supervisor. One year of the required experience must have been at the journey-level.

Special:

Successful candidates hired at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College will be required to obtain a current and valid Boiler Operator or Steam Engineer License issued by the Department of Building and Safety of the City of Los Angeles within 130 working days of employment.

Possession of a certificate of competence of chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) License type Universal in accordance with EPA Rule 608, Clean Air Act.

A valid Class "C" California driver's license may be required for some positions.

Travel to locations throughout the District may be required for some positions.

SPECIAL NOTE:

Prior to employment, all successful candidates will be required to pass an asbestos medical examination in compliance with the General Industry Safety Orders, Section 5208, Title 8 of the California Administrative Codes.

Benefits

  • Medical and dental insurance and vision care plans are provided for employees and their dependents.
  • A $50,000 life insurance policy is provided free of charge for each employee.
  • New employees receive 12 full-pay days and 88 half-pay days of illness leave.
  • At least 15 paid holidays per year.
  • Vacation days accrue annually beginning at 10 days and increasing incrementally to 24 days depending on years of service with the District. Vacation days for management and confidential positions begin at 15, 20, or 24 days.
  • Other paid time off includes: bereavement leave, personal necessity leave, court subpoena, and jury duty.
  • Employees become members of the Public Employees Retirement System. Employees are also covered by Social Security.
  • Employee Assistance Program

Selection Process

The examination process may consist of one or more parts which may include a training and experience evaluation, written test, performance test and/or oral interview.

Reasonable Accommodations

Our class specification generally describes the duties, responsibilities, and requirements characteristic of the position(s) within this job class. The duties, responsibilities, and requirements of a particular position within this class may vary from the duties of other positions within the class.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Los Angeles Community College District provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with covered disabilities on a case-by-case basis throughout the application, examination, and hiring processes and throughout employment. If an individual is in doubt about his or her ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of a position or possession of any other requirement noted in a class specification or job announcement, he or she should always apply for a position and request reasonable accommodation at the appropriate time.

 



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