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Job ID: 207560

HVAC Mechanic (8193C) - 50505
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Mar. 21, 2023
Title HVAC Mechanic (8193C) - 50505
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Facilities/Maintenance/Transportation

HVAC Mechanic (8193C) - 50505

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

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Departmental Overview

Residential and Student Service Programs (RSSP) is part of the Division of Student Affairs under the direction of the Associate Vice Chancellor of RSSP. RSSP provides student housing, residential life programs, self-operated dining services for undergraduate and graduate students and their families, and child care services for students, faculty, and staff; it also conducts a year-round conference business, operates eleven campus restaurants, and manages twenty-six faculty apartments. The Central Maintenance, Design, and Minor Capital Projects units provide a comprehensive group of services to all units within RSSP. These services include performing or managing all building trades and related maintenance services, performing interior design services, space planning, renovation project planning and management services, major maintenance, minor capital planning and project management for RSSP.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 04/03/2023.


Under supervision:

  • Working independently, maintain, repair and replace all types of chillers, cooling towers, heating, ventilation and air conditioning and refrigeration systems, gas and oil-fired hot water and steam boilers, humidifiers, and similar equipment.
  • Repair or replace steam lines and traps, condensate return systems, radiators, heating coils, convectors, unit heaters, and similar equipment.
  • Diagnose, repair, heat exchangers, pressure reducing valves, and temperature change control systems.
  • Performs maintenance on various types of chillers and boilers.
  • Participates in the design or specification of assemblies, systems, equipment, and controls.
  • Diagnoses, troubleshoots, repairs, and replaces all types of refrigeration equipment.
  • Works from drawings or prepares project drawings in detail showing measurements, materials, other required information using information from building blueprints, verbal instructions, and other information.
  • Perform planned and emergency maintenance, inspections, test operations, troubleshooting and documentation of work performed.
  • Must be available to respond to emergencies, work-on-call, rotating swing shift and holidays.
  • Demonstrates at all times, good communication skills with campus community, including students, building managers, academic personnel, and craft personnel, in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Manager or lead person assigns work and instructions through the work order system and all communication platforms; the worker in accordance with standard practices of the HVAC trade carries out service requests.
  • Work is subject to inspection while in progress and upon completion.
  • Accountable for his or her own actions within work spaces of the University and Campus facilities.
  • Executes all job assignments in a timely manner.
  • Keeps accurate time and material records, orders supplies and/or materials.
  • As required, coordinates the work of other crafts.
  • As required, works as the interim lead.
  • As required, handles hazardous waste and will be responsible to safely handle, properly contain and label, and follow appropriate emergency procedures as they relate to hazardous waste materials.
  • Performs basic mathematical calculations related to performing projects.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Performs all work while conforming with EH&S health and safety policies, OSHA and other applicable federal, state and local fire, health, safety, emergency preparedness, pollution-prevention policies, RSSP policies and procedures and University of California's policies and procedures, including Code of Conduct,
  • IIPP (Safety and Health Procedures), Hazardous Materials Communications Program, Health and Safety Manual, as well as any other document authorized by the RSSP management to have bearing on employee safety and conduct.


  • Coordinates with project managers, building inspectors, facility managers.
  • Keeps up-to-date, accurate, comprehensive project records including plans, specifications, submittals, schedules, requests, changes, approvals, and costs.
  • Consults with lead, supervisor or project manager who administer requirements and standards for work and projects.
  • Supports maintenance projects and work assignments.
  • Uses information to track job status and projected completion schedules.
  • Prioritizes work assignments to meet customer needs.
  • Completes daily logs and paperwork in a neat and timely manner.
  • Reads information from equipment manufacturers' manuals, service request, layout sketches, blueprints, appropriate state and local government codes, trade specific manuals and practices, and to determine how the fixture or equipment should perform.
  • Defines and describes materials, tools and/or equipment, work methods and task sequences.
  • Serves as liaison with clients, relaying their needs and requirements to the appropriate department or manager.
  • Works and supports shutdowns and project schedules to minimize interference with others.
  • Interacts with various components (units and/or departments), procurement and clients as necessary to specify and obtain timely delivery of the most appropriate contracted services.
  • Orders, procures materials and equipment; maintains records.
  • Communicates clearly over the telephone and two-way radio.
  • Attends safety, technical and general meetings.


  • Utilizes good judgment in interpersonal communications in situations requiring sensitivity and tact.
  • Treats customers, co-workers, staff, supervisors and managers with respect and courtesy, and maintains a good working relationship with them.
  • Works in a cooperative manner with co-workers and promotes a cooperative team environment.
  • Has a good working relationship with a complete understanding of the roles of students, faculty, staff and other RSSP employees as clients.
  • Demonstrates the ability to work in a cooperative manner with co-workers.
  • Promotes a cooperative team environment.
  • Demonstrates at all times good communication skills with management, campus community, including students, building managers, academic personnel, and craft personnel.
  • Interacts directly with all levels of clients throughout RSSP to develop and achieve project requirements and goals.
  • Responds to requests for service in a timely manner.
  • Treats customers with respect and courtesy.
  • Supports and achieves organizational goals established to maintain and enhance customer satisfaction.
  • Reports progress or delays, refers major problems to lead or supervisor for resolution and informs customers as needed.
  • Accountable for his or her own actions within work spaces of the University and Campus facilities.


  • Adheres to the Code of Conduct, Health and Safety policies. Completes job related tasks in a safe manner by adhering to appropriate safety regulations.
  • Aware of potential hazardous operations, and takes appropriate precautions.
  • Immediately stops work in the event of danger to people or property.
  • Proceeds with work only after ensuring that appropriate safety procedures have been implemented.
  • Reports all accidents and/or incidents immediately to supervisor for record keeping.
  • Attends safety meetings.

Required Qualifications

  • Able to work safely at heights; able to gain access to work in small/tight areas and be able to gain access to work or maneuver around obstacles that requires stairs and ladders, able to safely maneuver supplies and objects up to 75 lbs; sets up and uses scaffolding and/or ladders to perform tasks above ground level.
  • Must be available for holidays, weekends, on call-procedures, emergencies and shift work.
  • Reads information from equipment manufacturers' manuals, service request, layout sketches, blueprints, appropriate state and local government codes, trade specific manuals and practices, and to determine how the material or equipment should perform.
  • Understands preventive maintenance and its role in a comprehensive maintenance program.
  • Performs preventive maintenance work as directed.
  • Must assist with the development of a preventive maintenance program and perform preventive maintenance work as directed.
  • Must be able to gain access to areas that require ladders or other access equipment to enter and perform job tasks in these environments.
  • Must be able to safely move supplies and objects up to 75 pounds with or without a reasonable accommodation.
  • Must have an understanding of preventive maintenance, its role in a comprehensive maintenance program and the ability to perform preventive maintenance work as directed.
  • Must have the ability to work in confined spaces such as manholes, crawl spaces, attics.
  • As required, provide direction to semi-skilled or unskilled assistants.
  • Possession of an engineer's license, contractor's license, journey level status in a trade.
  • Universal HVAC license and adhere to current CFC/EPA guidelines.
  • Successful completion of a pre-employment medical physical examination is required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in business administration, construction management, engineering.

Salary & Benefits

This is a 100% full-time (40 hrs a week) non-exempt career position, which is paid hourly and eligible for full UC Benefits.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's Compensation & Benefits website.

Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.

The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $64.80.

How to Apply

  • To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.

Driving Required

  • A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.

Other Information

This position is governed by the terms and conditions in the agreement for the Skilled Crafts Unit (KB) between the University of California and the Alameda County Building and Construction Trades Council (ACBCTC). The current bargaining agreement manual can be found at:

  • This is not a visa opportunity.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Physical Exam

  • Employment is contingent upon passing a physical exam.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, please see the University of California Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace policy.

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