HVAC Mechanic

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

HVAC Mechanic
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Position Number: 02191778, 02363068 02363069

Introduction (Description of School/College/Dept/Program)

Job Summary

The HVAC/Refrigeration Specialist Advanced positions are critical to the overall success of the University Housing mission. UWM University Housing’s mission is to enhance community members’ cultural understanding, leadership skills, academic success, social connections, and social responsibility by creating safe, comfortable, and well-maintained living learning environments that inspire growth and development for over 4,300 residents and 5,000 guests each year.

The positions will work for the Facilities Unit for University Housing. The unit is in charge of the upkeep of 1.2 million square feet of residential and retail space. The areas are comprised of Maintenance (which takes mechanical infrastructure, electronics, paint, and elevators) and Custodial which keeps our buildings clean and in tip top condition. The unit also facilitates our capital improvements and long-term project planning.

University Housing is currently hiring for three positions for 1st & 2nd shift. The shifts are:
Position 1: Sunday-Wednesday: 6:00am-4:30pm (4 days, 10 hours)
Position 2: Wednesday-Saturday: 6am-4:30pm (4 days, 10 hours)
Position 3: Wednesday-Saturday from 2:00pm – 12:30am (4 days, 10 hours)

The positions will be responsible for providing maintenance repair work within the buildings of Sandburg Halls, Kenilworth Apartments, Riverview, and Cambridge Commons. Under general supervision of the Building & Grounds Supervisor, the positions are responsible for troubleshooting, repairing, adjusting, and modifying mechanical and HVAC equipment specifically within the residence halls. The positions are responsible for reexamining our HVAC standards, practices and usages for University Housing, trouble shooting of building mechanical problems, and identifying, correcting, reporting and communicating building operational and maintenance needs. Also requires performing repairs on equipment, performing scheduled and unscheduled maintenance on equipment, and ensuring satisfactory operation of building systems to meet the programmatic and energy conservation needs and objectives of the building. The METASYS, Carrier i-vu, InnCom and traditional mechanical controls are used to effectively balance the strict tolerances including temperature, humidity, and air quality of the environment inside the buildings.

The incumbent should maintain a positive relationship with co-workers, residents, tenants, and guests of the Housing Facilities, and be able to accomplish tasks independently as well as working as part of a team.


• Ability to climb ladders or steps to access equipment
• Must have sufficient vision to read directions, diagrams, and to adjust equipment
• Must be able to lift and carry items weighing over 60 pounds
• Must not be affected by heights or closed areas
• Must have sufficient physical dexterity to work on, under, and around equipment
• Must have the ability to bend, reach, and kneel
• Must be able to stand for long periods of time

Student Affairs is required to conduct Post-Offer Pre-Employment screenings on the selected candidate for this role. Employment is contingent upon successfully passing the screening.

Responsibilities Include, but are not limited to:

• Monitors, tests, maintains, and repairs Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems, related equipment, and controls according to established policies and procedures
• Receives, prioritizes, and responds to service requests according to established timelines and policies
• Identifies, prioritizes, troubleshoots, and escalates system problems, equipment malfunctions, and repair needs
• Performs scheduled preventative and routine maintenance and documents activity on equipment and systems to ensure optimal and safe operation
• Develops and schedules operational work plans for staff occasionally

Minimum Qualifications

• Professional experience in the HVAC trade and/or commercial experience with boilers, chillers, furnaces, and air handlers
• Ability to work in various environments without adverse physical reaction (e.g., within confined areas; extreme temperature ranges; in hot noisy, dirty and/or dust-filled areas; at heights in excess of 30 feet, etc.)
• Proficiency in common business productivity software and applications (e.g., MS Office suite, email, internet, etc.)
• Ability to maintain a flexible schedule that may require nights, weekends, and holidays as dictated by operational need
• Ability and desire to perform a wide range of HVAC and Maintenance type work in a residential facility (i.e. simple to complex mechanical problems arise (blown circuit breakers, steam leaks, no heat, flooding toilets)

Preferred Qualifications
• Associate degree or higher from a 2-year college or tech school with a certificate in HVAC and/or similar applicable training as received in a military service school
• Facility Operating Engineer – 3rd Class License
• Experience with computerized climate control systems
• Carpentry experience
• Plumbing experience
• Electrical experience
• Professional experience in a 365/24/7 operation performing HVAC and/or maintenance responsibilities

Application Instructions

Interested applicants are required to apply online and provide a cover letter addressing your education/experience as they apply to all minimum and preferred qualifications, a resume, and a document listing the names and contact information for three professional references. UWM will not consider paper, emailed or faxed applications.

In instances where the Search and Screen Committee is unable to ascertain from a candidate’s application materials whether they meet any of the qualifications, they will be evaluated as not meeting such qualifications.

All application materials will be further evaluated as evidence of excellent written communication skills.

Candidate(s) selected for hire will be required to submit copies of licenses/certifications.

Student Affairs is required to conduct Post-Offer Pre-Employment screenings on the selected candidate for this role. Employment is contingent upon successfully passing the screening.

Application Notes

For this position, applicants are required to apply online. UWM will not consider paper, emailed or faxed applications. Additionally, applicants must complete all required fields and attach any required documents. The process is complete when the message “Your application has been submitted” is displayed and you receive a confirmation number.

Legal Notices
AA/EO Statement
UWM is an AA/EO employer: All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.

Reasonable Accommodations
UWM provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual with a disability. If you need assistance or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact [email protected] or 414-229-4463. This job announcement and other material on this site will be made available in alternate formats upon request to an individual with a disability.

Confidentiality of Applicant Materials
UWM is a State agency and subject to Wisconsin’s Open Records Law. UWM will not, however, reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing except as may be required by Wisconsin’s Open Records law. In certain circumstances, the identities of “final candidates” and/or the identity of the appointed applicant must be revealed upon request.

CBC and Reference Check Policy
Employment will require a criminal background check. UWM takes the prevention of sexual misconduct seriously. As such, you and your references will be required to answer questions regarding any past findings of sexual violence and sexual harassment or any pending allegations of sexual violence or sexual harassment.

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (Clery Act)
For the UWM Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports (i.e., Clery Report), which includes statistics about reported crimes and information about campus security policies, see http://www.cleryact.uwm.edu/, or call UWM’s Dean of Students Office, Student Union 345 at (414) 229-4632 for a paper copy.

Employment Authorization
In compliance with federal law, all persons at the time of their start date will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

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