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Lead HVAC Mechanic (8192C) - 8910
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Jul. 13, 2020
Title Lead HVAC Mechanic (8192C) - 8910
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Classified Staff
  • Facilities/Maintenance/Transportation

Lead HVAC Mechanic (8192C) - 8910

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.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: July 29, 2020

Departmental Overview

Facilities Services is comprised of seven separate units which include: the Director's Office, Business and Information Services, Campus Facilities Services, Custodial Services, Grounds/Recycling, Engineering/Utilities and Support Services. Facilities Services' mission is to continuously improve facility services for the campus community
in partnership with clients and staff.

The HVAC Lead engages in general supervision of projects requiring the highly specialized skills of the trade for campus clients, management of shop work orders, assigning work orders to shop staff, monitoring and inspecting completed shop work orders where required.



Under supervision of HVAC Shop Manager, work is not restricted to the following:
  • Direct the steamfitters and refrigeration mechanics to physical repair of campus buildings including research labs and animal facilities.

Tasks routinely performed include the following:
  • Specification of appropriate materials if needed for each job.
  • Coordination of work with other shops in buildings, classrooms, research labs and animal facilities.
  • Reading blueprints, wiring diagrams, schematic drawings, and instructions for assembling and installing materials for each job.
  • Knowledge of all processes and procedures utilized by each individual shop.
  • Identify and resolve equipment malfunctions, work with manufacturers' reps and technical support.
  • Maintain working knowledge of state-of-the-art tools and software through training and reading.
  • Service, troubleshoot and repair all trade related equipment and other systems.
  • Provide the end user with application information and technical support when needed.
  • Coordinate warranty repairs when required.
  • Must possess excellent ability to analyze work load and prioritize jobs.
  • Provide field technical assistance and support.
  • Work with other trades to coordinate shutdowns and maintain all buildings in good working order.
  • Act as training resource and establish training for tradespersons.

  • Interact with UC shop personnel.
  • Balance MOP and recharge responsibilities as directed by management.
  • Duties include using the Work Order Scheduling Program to schedule and dispatch work requests and using the Campus Refrigerant Monitoring software to maintain and keep records for the EPA.
  • Check completed jobs for accuracy and perform timekeeping duties.
  • Consult supervisor/or project superintendents who administer requirements and standards for modification projects.
  • Keep accurate work records and complete paperwork in a neat and timely manner.
  • Define and describe materials, tools and/or equipment, work methods and task sequences.
  • Serve as liaison with clients, relaying their needs and requirements to the appropriate department or superintendent.
  • Obtain materials and equipment when requested.
  • Maintain records of materials ordered, utilized and billed to others.
  • Support craft workers with any administrative duties pertaining to jobs.

  • Adhere to all university and departmental safety guidelines.
  • Attend job-related and safety training as required.
  • Schedule and document monthly shop safety and craft meetings.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications
  • Must possess knowledge and ability to utilize the Work Order Scheduling Program to manage and assign shop work orders.
  • Must possess knowledge to utilize correct tools, techniques and methods for handling specific tasks and projects by applying thorough knowledge of codes and the skills of a craftsperson.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of trade specific tasks and systems.
  • Experience in commercial, institutional and computerized repair and maintenance systems.
  • Must have the ability to operate all machinery and state-of-the-art-tools needed to perform skilled related job tasks.
  • Ability to safely move supplies and objects up to 75 pounds with or without a reasonable accommodation.
  • Must possess excellent communication skills and ability to interact in a positive manner with campus community, including students, building managers, academic personnel, and craft personnel, in a diverse multi-cultural environment.
  • Ability to track jobs to completion and prioritize requirements.
  • Ability to read and interpret information from equipment manufacturers manuals, service requests, layout sketches, blueprints, appropriate state and local government codes, trade-specific manuals and practices, draft diagrams and schematics and to determine how the fixture or equipment should perform.
  • Knowledge of relevant building codes, DHI Standards, ADA Regulations, Fire Codes and University Accessibility guidelines.
  • Ability to execute all job assignments in a timely manner. Must be available to respond to emergencies, work on-call, weekend on-call, rotating swing shift, watch and holidays. Must be able to interpret complicated mechanical drawings and good understanding of latest mechanical national codes. Must be able to work in confined spaces (manholes, crawlspaces and under floors).

  • Education and training can be through documented experience and/or professional development through an accredited college or university. Must have completed a five year HVAC apprenticeship program and/or equivalent. Must possess five years journeyman experience in a comparable position or related experience in a university, hospital or large building complex.

  • Must possess certification from the EPA to work with refrigerants.

Salary & Benefits

This position is a non-exempt, bi-weekly paid position. Hourly pay for this role is commensurate with experience up to $62.30/hour.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Driving Required

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

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:

Physical Exam

Employment is contingent upon passing a physical exam.

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.

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 see:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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