HVAC Technician

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Maintenance / Grounds / Skilled Trades


Enrich the University of Denver's global prominence and community impact through excellence in innovative Facilities Services.


Through exceptional customer service, we provide sustainable stewardship to the university community that creates an engaging and thriving environment to learn, live, teach and work.

Core Values

  • Stewardship: We effectively use all resources to meet the needs of today without compromising the future.  We work in a safe manner using equipment and procedures as appropriate and encourage others to do the same.  We maintain confidences and protect the security of operations and assets by keeping information confidential and equipment/facilities secure.  We demonstrate efficient use of time, equipment, and other resources with a focus on sustainable operations and best practices. 
  • Teamwork: We work together cooperatively in support of our mission. We value individuals and their contributions to the team and treat each other with respect and dignity.  We actively work to create and support an inclusive and equitable workplace by embedding diversity into all aspects of the workplace.  We communicate honestly and openly, listen attentively, and assume responsibility for resolving difficulties appropriately.  We encourage cooperation, collaboration, and co-ownership of success.
  • Professionalism:  We earn the trust of others through professional conduct that includes honesty, reliability, and competency.  We exhibit a courteous, conscientious and businesslike manner in the workplace. We actively endorse and support DU's mission and work to fulfill its vision, mission, and goals.  We pursue professional development to increase expertise and improve our capabilities to deliver improved job performance. 
  • Service:  We contribute to the success of others by responding in a courteous, timely and accurate manner, seeking assistance when necessary to create a positive DU experience that exceeds the expectations of students, and internal and external contacts. We understand that our performance directly affects the future of DU and strive to perform to enhance the DU experience.  We embrace a positive attitude and participate through engagement with changes in procedures, environment, or responsibilities. 
  • Integrity:  We accept responsibility for the University's and public's trust and are accountable for individual actions. We conduct ourselves and perform our duties in an environmentally, socially, and economically responsible manner that is reflective and protective of the trust placed on us as stewards of the University's facility related resources.
  • Excellence:  We strive to achieve excellence in all endeavors and are committed to continuous improvement. We enthusiastically deliver quality services to our customers while consistently seeking to improve those services through creativity and innovation.
  • Engagement:  We seek to "tell our story" through collaboration, communication, and inclusion with the greater DU community. Through involvement, we ensure the needs of students, faculty, staff, alumni, visitors, and neighbors are met and efforts from each department are understood. We take every opportunity to augment the education and research mission of the university through demonstration of real world applications of theories and principles.

With minimal or no supervision, this position repairs, maintains and installs heating, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, including but not limited to: pumps, fans, compressors, cooling towers, chillers, air compressors, pneumatic and electrical controls and heat exchangers.

Essential Functions

  • Performs daily rounds to check equipment in various mechanical rooms throughout campus to include, but not limited to:  1)  checks and maintains alignment of motors with pumps, compressors and V-belt drive equipment, 2)  checks and maintains operation of electric controls and starters, 3)  logs equipment temperatures, pressures and amperage draw, 4)  monitors all water columns, gauges, meters, thermometers and other indicating equipment, and 5)  performs chemical analysis and adds chemicals to equipment as needed.  
  • Diagnoses repair needs on all heating and cooling equipment and performs full corrective actions. 
  • Performs seasonal changeover of heating and cooling systems as well as seasonal shutdown and start-up of various systems.  
  • Cleans waterside equipment, cooling towers, condenser tubes and pump strainers.
  • Able to operate steam and hot water boilers, auxiliary equipment, transmission and distribution systems. 
  • Reads and sketches control diagrams and schematics.  
  • Works with high temperature solders, brazing methods, oxyacetylene and electric arc welding.
  • Keeps records and prepares analytical reports.  Completes work orders distributed by the foremen  on a daily basis and tracks time and material for each work order.  
  • Regulates and adjusts operating controls.
  • Responds to call outs for all shops and takes appropriate action.
  • Must be computer literate in order to monitor building automation system and to respond to alarms generated by the software.  
  • Drives to work sites with tools and equipment. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Language Skills: Must be able to read and interpret drawings and specifications and must be able to effectively communicate with supervisor, co-workers and other staff and faculty within the community.   

Mathematical Skills: Basic math skills required

Reasoning Skills: Detailed procedures.  Daily priorities are established by the employee.  Employee responds to situations requiring immediate attention.

Other Skills and Abilities:

  • Expert skills.  
  • Competency in electrical fields/functions. 
  • Ability to read and understand service manuals technical specifications, control diagrams, schematics and blueprints. 
  • Computer skills necessary. 
  • Must be knowledgeable of related OSHA and EPA regulations and able to take appropriate safety precautions. 
  • Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot control circuits with and without printed schematics, using a meter.

Required Qualifications

  • A High School Diploma or G.E.D.
  • Journeyman skill level and minimum of five years experience in HVAC field .
  • Journeyman refrigeration certificate EPA Certification in classes I, II and III
  • Acceptable knowledge of boiler field functions
  • Must be knowledgeable  of related OSHA and EPA regulations and be able to effectively communicate regulations to others.

Please note, this position will also require a valid Colorado driver’s license and insurable by the University of Denver’s insurance carrier and a post-offer, pre-employment health screening.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Stationary Engineer Certificate or Boiler Operators license or four years experience in boiler field

Working Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to extreme heat, risk of electrical shock and vibration.  The employee frequently moves near moving mechanical parts, in high precarious places, and in outside weather conditions and is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and fumes or airborne particles.  The noise level in the work environment can be extremely loud.

Physical Activities

Moderate to strenuous physical effort required.  This position demands frequent amounts of crouching, walking, standing, bending, reaching and repetitive motions of the hand-wrist and elbow-shoulder.  The employee is occasionally required to climb and balance, talk and hear.  Tasks involve being in cold and hot, noisy, possibly constricted spaces.  Workers are required to push, pull, carry and lift objects of up to 100 pounds.  Specific vision abilities demanded by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.  Should be able to wear approved OSHA respirators.

Work Schedule

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on February 28, 2020

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Hourly Range:
The hourly pay for this position is $29.16 with scheduled increase to $32.21

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume and application 
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.


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