Building Service Engineer (Housing)

Humboldt State University

Job #20-43

Close Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021

(Job #20-43) Building Service Engineer (Housing), $5,742-$7,414/month. Appointments are typically made at the beginning of the salary range. This is a full-time, benefited, 12-month pay plan, permanent position with a one-year probationary period in Facilities Management. This position comes with an extensive benefits package that includes comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage, CalPERS retirement, Fee Waiver eligibility (reduced tuition on most CSU system classes), life insurance, and voluntary pre-tax health and dependent care reimbursement accounts. Additional benefits information can be found at

Humboldt State University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution that strives to foster an inclusive and equitable community to support our students of diverse backgrounds. HSU is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality committed to working in a multicultural and multiracial community that reflects the diversity of the state. Additional information about Humboldt State University can be found at

Position Summary: Under general supervision of the Director of Facilities Maintenance, specifically assigned to Housing, the incumbent performs a full range of independent skilled trades work and related tasks as required to maintain and/or modify building heating, ventilation, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, refrigeration, air conditioning and water systems. Incumbents in this classification also may provide instruction and lead direction to unskilled and semi-skilled assistants. This position typically works a 40 hour per week shift that can include occasional nights, weekends and holidays.


  • Operate, maintain, repair and inspect heating, ventilating, air conditioning, refrigeration, water systems and equipment.
  • Test, adjust and calibrate boiler and air conditioning machinery and mechanical, electrical, pneumatic and/or microprocessor control instruments. Test and chemically treat boiler water and water from other systems.
  • Maintain, inspect, diagnose and make emergency repairs to steam, natural gas, water, refrigerant, air and oil distribution systems.
  • Use and monitor features of building automation and control systems to diagnose and troubleshoot problems in the HVAC systems and make adjustments while optimizing energy usage.
  • Respond to service requests to adjust air flow, temperature, and humidity balances for individual rooms, building areas or buildings.
  • Repair and maintenance of food service equipment.
  • Maintain logs of maintenance and repairs using manual and computerized record keeping systems.
  • Repair and replace bearings, shafts, seals, rings and electrical wiring and install central system parts, gauges, valves and pipes which require the application of journey-level skills in one or more of the applicable trades.
  • Perform basic tasks in various trades as required to ensure University facilities remain operational.
  • Respond to fire alarms, power outages, flood and other adverse conditions as required to ensure University facilities remain operational.

Minimum Qualifications:
Equivalent to two years of journey-level working experience in the operation, maintenance and repair of boiler, heating, ventilating, refrigeration and air conditioning equipment and systems, or the equivalent combination of formal course work in mechanical technology and hands-on experience.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Mechanical skills equivalent to journey-level in one or more related trades such as plumbing, pipe fitting, sheet metal, electrical or air conditioning.
  • Thorough knowledge of hydronic boilers, pneumatic and digital control systems, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration and other mechanical equipment.
  • Thorough knowledge of materials, methods, equipment and tools used in the operation, maintenance and repair of mechanical systems and equipment.
  • Incumbent must possess EPA 608 refrigerant certification or be willing to take the required training to obtain the certification. HSU will provide the necessary training.
  • Ability to provide instruction to unskilled and semi-skilled assistants.
  • Ability to analyze and respond appropriately to emergency situations.
  • Ability to work independently with general supervision to accomplish assigned tasks.
  • Ability to operate and maintain all applicable tools and equipment necessary to perform skilled work.
  • Ability to effectively use computers and tablets as well as basic software programs such as Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite.
  • Ability to observe safety requirements and safe work practices and methods as required including the use of personal protective equipment and fall protection gear.
  • Ability to initiate, establish, and foster communication and teamwork by maintaining a positive, cooperative, productive work atmosphere while establishing effective working relationships within a diverse population and with those from various cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to recognize and accommodate changing priorities, as communicated by a supervisor, in order to meet short and long term deadlines/goals.
  • Ability to operationalize sustainability concepts (economy, society, environment) into all aspects of performing job duties.
  • Ability to perform work involving regular physical activity including tasks with repetitive physical motion, traversing uneven slopes and climbing stairs; in areas involving heights of up to 80 feet using lifts and/or involving the use of fall protection equipment; involving use of a respirator and working within confined spaces; requiring the ability and agility to work in tight crawl or attic space; involving trenches including the use of shoring equipment; in noisy and/or dusty environments; including exposure to raw sewage and in areas that may involve exposure to hazardous materials such as lead and asbestos.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Four years of journey-level working experience in the operation, maintenance and repair of HVAC equipment and systems, or the equivalent combination of formal coursework in mechanical technology and hands-on experience.
  • General knowledge of fire and intrusion alarm systems
  • General knowledge of ventilation principles, thermal dynamics, and close water systems.
  • Working knowledge of energy management systems including ability to understand and use system features.
  • Ability to read, interpret and work from blueprints, plans, drawings and specifications
  • Ability to estimate the cost, time and materials of maintenance, repair and renovation assignments or projects.
  • Ability to use maintenance management and work reporting systems such as those used to track work orders, obtain warehouse supplies, and maintain facility/equipment data.
  • General knowledge of applicable building and safety codes and regulations related to mechanical and HVAC systems.
  • Possession of a valid California driver’s license and appropriate safe driving record.

Application Procedure:
To apply, qualified candidates must electronically submit the following materials via Interfolio (link below):

  • Letter of Interest
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information for at least three professional references
  • HSU Employment History Form (HSU Employment History Form:; NOTE: Download the HSU Employment History Form and save it as a PDF file prior to filling it out. If the form is completed in an online browser, content WILL NOT be saved).


Application Deadline: The deadline to submit application materials is 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 8, 2021.

Any inquiries about this recruitment can be directed to mailto:[email protected] or HSU’s Human Resources Office at (707) 826-3626.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Humboldt State University is a Title IX/Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

 HSU is committed to enriching its educational environment and its culture through the diversity of its staff, faculty, and administration. Persons with interest and experience in helping organizations set and achieve goals relative to diversity and inclusion are especially encouraged to apply.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide complete and accurate employment information. Evidence of required degree(s), certifications(s), or licenses(s) will be required prior to the appointment date. Incorrect or improperly completed applications will not be considered for vacancies. Any reference in this announcement to required periods of experience or education is full-time activity. Part-time experience or education (or activities only part of which are qualifying) will receive proportionate credit. In accordance with applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements, preference may be given to the campus applicants covered by these agreements. However, positions are open to all interested applicants, both on and off campus, unless otherwise stated.

A background check (including a criminal records check, employment verification, and education verification) must be completed satisfactorily as a condition of employment with the CSU. Certain positions may also require a credit check, motor vehicle report, and/or fingerprinting through Live Scan service. Adverse findings from a background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

Compliance with the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) and CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 (EO 1083) is a condition of employ-ment. CSU employees in positions with duties that involve regular contact with children or positions which supervise such employees are designated as Mandated Reporters under CANRA and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in EO 1083. Upon appointment to this position, the successful candidate(s) will be notified of and required to acknowledge their CANRA reporting status.

Additionally, all CSU staff and faculty receive training annually on their obligations in responding to and reporting incidents of sexual harassment and sexual violence. You will be notified by email when you are required to take this mandated training.

New faculty employees hired by the CSU for the first time who first become CalPERS members on or after July 1, 2017 are subject to a 10-year vesting period for retiree health and dental benefits. Staff employees covered under bargaining agreements 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, C99, E99, M80 and M9 hired by the CSU for the first time who first become CalPERS members on or after July 1, 2018 are subject to a 10-year vesting period for retiree health and dental benefits

If accommodations need to be made during the recruitment and interview process, please contact Human Resources at (707) 826-3626 or [email protected]