HVAC Preventive Maintenance Technician

McDaniel College:

About McDaniel College:
McDaniel College, recognized nationally among “Colleges that Change Lives” and U.S. News and World Report top-tier liberal arts colleges, is a four-year private college of the liberal arts and sciences offering more than 60 undergraduate programs of study, including dual and student-designed majors, plus 20 highly regarded graduate programs. At McDaniel College we value our employees by offering our full-time employees tuition remission, 403B retirement accounts, paid time off, medical insurance, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and paid maternity and parental leave. Visit College website for details.

Job Description:
Performs preventive maintenance on heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) equipment throughout the College. Performs duties that may be outside of the HVAC trade to support priorities of the Physical Plant.

Basic Responsibilities

  • Provides positive, pro-active, and timely customer-oriented service.
  • Perform routine, preventive maintenance on heating and cooling systems and equipment.
  • Assists HVAC technicians, contractors and other physical plant trades as needed.
  • Makes entries on work orders, obtains product and service-related quotes and submits information for materials to be ordered.
  • Must be able to work weekends and evenings as necessary. Must be able to respond to emergencies on an on-call basis as needed and participate in a department rotational on call schedule. Will be scheduled for overtime to check and monitor temperatures and systems for important events, holidays, etc.
  • Must comply with all applicable health and safety regulations, policies, and established work practices.
  • Must complete jobs as assigned by Director of Building Operations and Maintenance or their designee safely and according to common trade practices.

Specific Responsibilities
The following are typical examples of the type of work performed under this job description. This list does not include all work to be performed and duties are subject to change as deemed necessary by the Director of Building Operations and Maintenance.

  • Perform routine and preventive maintenance on air conditioners, air handlers, fan coil units, laboratory and kitchen vent hoods; grease motors/bearings/pumps, change filters, calibrate stats, clean condenser and evaporator coils, cooling towers, etc.
  • Assists HVAC technicians to make necessary repairs or replacements to bearings, fans, motors, actuators, controllers, pumps, refrigeration equipment etc.
  • Perform preventive maintenance and repairs to ice machines, refrigerators and freezers.
  • Use automated control systems to: Verify temperatures and make necessary adjustments to maintain temperatures until repairs can be made. Document all actions taken.
  • Perform minor electrical work such as replacing fuses, receptacles, switches, resetting breakers, etc.
  • Work as part of the maintenance team to perform group projects such as but not limited to: Installation of Window Air Conditioners in April, Convocation Set Up in May, Turn Over of residential buildings mid May to mid June, ready buildings for student return in August, Convocation in August, and Removal of Window Air Conditioners in October. There is limited time off during these periods and working hours are subject to change according to the College’s schedule.
  • Make local and remote adjustments to controls, thermostats, timers, etc.
  • Perform chemical testing of cooling towers, fountains, pools and hydronic systems and take appropriate action based on test results.
  • Replace floats, sump strainers and clean cooling towers.
  • Clean equipment in related areas. Keep mechanical rooms, storage rooms and work areas clean.
  • Complete work tickets in a timely fashion and according to department guidelines.
  • Report work status to Supervisor daily.
  • Perform maintenance and repairs of a general nature as requested.
  • Fulfill all responsibilities as required by the On-call policy.
  • Perform snow removal.
  • Operate, maintain, and use in a safe manner College equipment, tools, and vehicles.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • One year’s experience in building maintenance, building construction, or related area. Work experience with HVAC systems is preferred.
  • Must have valid driver’s license with two or less points.
  • Must be able to work during emergency weather events including but not limited to snow, hurricanes, tornados, etc.
  • Must be able to respond to campus emergencies when called.
  • Must have the ability to read and comprehend written instructions, procedures, and service manuals.
  • Must have the ability to express oneself orally as well as in writing.
  • Must have the ability to learn departmental policies, procedures, and mechanical systems, proper use of tools and materials used to perform duties within a ninety-day probationary period.
  • Must be able to become certified and maintain certification as a Certified Pool Operator.

Employee Responsibilities

  • Must provide good customer service.
  • Must attend in-service/departmental meetings.
  • Must be familiar with employee handbook.
  • Must be familiar with and follow departmental policies.
  • Must attend in-service education as directed.

Physical Characteristics
This job requires the incumbent to be able to:

  • Lift up to 75lbs., pull, climb, work overhead, stand on ladders, and walk throughout college-owned property.
  • Work in conditions subject to noise, heat, cold, odors, dirt, outdoor temperatures, snow, steam, and emergency situations.
  • Perform duties in all areas of college properties including areas that are non-handicap accessible.

Additional Information:
McDaniel College, an equal opportunity employer, does not discriminate in the recruitment, admission, and employment of students, faculty, and staff in the operation of any of its educational programs and activities. McDaniel College will not tolerate any discrimination or harassment on basis of any protected status including race, religion, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, military status, genetic information, marital status, veteran’s status or any other legally protected status. For more information on the College’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, please visit https://www.mcdaniel.edu/about-us/diversity-equity-inclusion.

Application Instructions:
Completed applications must include the following: Cover Letter addressing position qualifications and related experience; Resume, Names and Contact Information of three professional references, and completed Job Application. Review of applications begins immediately. The position will remain open until filled.

To apply, visit: https://apptrkr.com/3061969