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HVAC Technician
University Operations
Physical Plant
Full time
Full time hourly

The HVAC position is a technician-level position performing general maintenance and repair of the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) equipment within a variety of campus buildings. This individual is responsible for completing tasks and projects related to the systematic inspection, detection, and correction of early failures of equipment or facilities either before they occur or before they develop into major defects. This position works independently on tasks and performs moderately complex to complex tasks with varying levels of supervision. This position will be expected to interact with students, faculty and staff in a professional manner that enhances work effectiveness for the HVAC crew.

This is a full-time, non-exempt (hourly – generally 40 hours per work week, although overtime hours will be required dependent on operational needs.), 12 months per year position with benefits. Benefits include: medical and dental insurance, life insurance, sick time and vacation time consistent with University policies, long-term disability insurance, flexible spending account benefits, tuition remission benefits generally starting after 90 days (employee) or 2 years (spouse and children) of employment, retirement contributions generally starting after 2 years of employment, and eligibility for the University’s home purchase assistance program consistent with program requirements. (Benefits are subject to all relevant University policies, practices, contracts, and any other relevant materials.)

The full job description is available at:

This posting was posted on August 6, 2019, and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Review and respond to work orders received through the TMA computer system and complete assigned tasks – including any necessary follow-up or customer service.

Develop and follow preventive maintenance plans, including regularly scheduled tasks, i.e. change filters and valves, clean diffusers, change thermostats, repair/replace coils, fans, belts, etc.

Walk through campus facilities daily to proactively identify heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) issues requiring maintenance and repair.

Inspect and clean systems, areas, and mechanical rooms, interpreting verbal and written guidance and translating that guidance into work; maintain tools and equipment for service and maintenance activities.

Maintain, troubleshoot and repair HVACR equipment, including walk-in coolers/freezers, air handlers, rooftop units, small split-systems, water source heat pumps, chillers, blowers, dampers, etc.

Provide support and assistance for steam line repair issues and pump house duties.

Act as Physical Plant weekly on-call staff person based on department schedule (typically once per 10 weeks).

Respond to facilities emergencies on campus and provide timely resolution to problems.

Other duties as relevant to the duties of the position or as assigned by supervisor or designee.

Please note that the above list of duties is not comprehensive but generally demonstrates the types of matters under this position’s purview and responsibility.

Education and Experience

Required: 2+ years’ experience with heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, refrigeration, and/or boiler systems, preferably in a campus setting.

Preferred: Associate Degree and/or trade certifications

Preferred: 1+ year experience with preventive maintenance work

Preferred: 1+ year experience soldering, brazing, and welding

Preferred: general experience with multiple construction trades and/or experience having worked with a general contractor.

Preferred: experience using a variety of heavy equipment, such as high lifts, forklifts, hand and power tools.

Certificates and Licenses Required

Required: Oregon driver’s license.

Required: EPA Refrigeration Certification (Section 608)

Preferred: Limited Maintenance Electrician (LME) certification

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge, skill, and ability regarding the safe operation of a variety of construction related hand tools, power tools, and heavy equipment, such as fork lift, high lift, genie, and a variety of hand and power tools.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities relating to different types of refrigeration systems.

Knowledge of current technologies for heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, refrigeration systems and equipment (chilled beam, variable air volume, etc.)

Knowledge of DDC building-control systems (Siemens, Alerton, etc.)

Knowledge, skill, and ability related to a broad variety of construction and maintenance work.

Knowledge, skill, and ability related to preventive maintenance and handyperson skills.

Able to read and follow blueprints or other design documents.

Knowledge of OSHA/safety and prevention regulations. Knowledge of safety and health practices relating to carpentry/construction work.

Strong customer service and interpersonal skills.

Ability to establish effective working relationships, professional rapport, and effectively accomplish work within a University setting that includes a wide array of individuals, groups, policies, and processes.

Ability to read, understand, and carry out labels, directions, and work orders.

Ability to read, write, and speak English sufficient to meet the requirements of the position.

Ability to apply commonsense understanding to carry out written or oral instructions, generally in a sequence or with scheduled work activities occurring on a regular basis.

Superior attention to detail.

Able to follow through with and complete projects. Strong orientation towards taking initiative and ownership of projects and assignments and being proactive with projects, assignments, and process improvements.

Ability to prioritize, multitask, and meet deadlines.

Ability to function well in a busy work environment, working independently and as part of a team. Ability to receive supervisory direction.

Computer skills appropriate to job requirements, including ability to access trainings or information via computer or internet, or ability to be trained in such computer skill areas.

Physical Requirements

Regularly or frequently: while performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk, bend, twist, climb (including ladders), balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; use fingers and hands to handle, lift, and use a cellphone, materials, tools, and equipment; reach with hands and/or arms; lift and/or move up to 50 pounds with or without assistance and with or without the use of devices and/or equipment to assist in the lifting effort. *

As needed: sit, perform desk-based computer tasks; use fine manipulation and grasp; use a telephone; write by hand; sort and file paperwork.

Occasionally: ability to attend events and activities on or off campus.

As needed: ability to interact and communicate with members of the University and others as necessary.

Required: ability to safely drive a motor vehicle.

* When lifting is required, employees are asked to use good judgment, make safety a top priority, and ask for assistance of others or of equipment as necessary.

Working Conditions

Hours of employment: will require overtime and on-call duties, flexible hours (including early mornings, evenings, nights, overnight hours, weekends, and holidays), and response with little to no notice to situations involving emergencies or urgency.

Work related stress: stress from work situations involving tight deadlines, significant matters, or multiple projects.

Environment: while performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts and vibration causing tools or equipment; may be exposed to fumes or airborne particles or blood borne pathogens and toxic or caustic chemicals; may be exposed to high, precarious places, outside weather conditions, extreme temperatures, confined spaces, and risk of electrical shock.

Noise: the noise level in the work environment is usually moderate; occasionally noise level may be high in which case personal protective equipment (PPE) is required

Please see full job description (link in most postings) for information about physical requirements, working conditions, work standards, and statement about reasonable accommodations.

Supplemental Questions

1. Why are you interested in this position at the University of Portland?

2. What are your areas of work-related strength? What are work-related areas that you would like to improve?

3. Please explain what diversity, inclusion, and equity means to you. Please describe your education and work-related experiences applicable to diversity, inclusion, and equity.

Cover Letter, References, Resume, Supplemental Questions

Notice of University requirements regarding offers of employment and background investigations: Offers of employment by the University are in in writing and signed by the head of the Office of Human Resources and the President, the Provost, or a Vice President. Any offers of employment that do not meet these requirements are not final and are contingent on final approval by Human Resources and receipt of a written offer of employment that meets the previously-stated requirements. A background investigation process is required before final hiring procedures can be completed for all faculty and staff positions. Any offers received before a background investigation is successfully completed are not final and are contingent on successful completion of a background investigation.


For those requiring a reasonable accommodation to apply: Applicants who have a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation regarding the application or hiring process should contact Human Resources (503) 943-8484.


The University’s mission and EEO statement: Founded in 1901, the University of Portland is a private, comprehensive, Catholic university with a mission of teaching and learning, faith and formation, service and leadership. The University of Portland is an equal opportunity employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. The University of Portland does not discriminate in its educational programs, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school-administered programs, or employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by and consistent with the law. Please see the University’s full Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Policy here: