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Enviro Systems Mechanic II - HVAC

Facilities/Skilled Trades
18000492 Requisition #

Environmental Systems Mechanic II (GG28)
Pay grade: 12
Percent of time: 100%

Schedule: 8:00AM- 4:30PM, Monday-Friday; may be required to work on call or work overtime as scheduled or in emergencies.
Department: Facilities Management
Location: TBD

Staff type: Merit
Type of position: Regular

The University of Iowa department of Facilities Management is seeking a highly motivated HVAC professional to join the Building & Landscape Services unit as an Environmental Systems Mechanic II (ESM II). Under general supervision, this individual performs skilled work in the area of installation, repair, alteration, replacement and maintenance of components of refrigeration, air conditioning and heating equipment.  This is an excellent opportunity for a skilled HVAC technician to provide critical support to campus buildings, systems and equipment.


Additional duties and responsibilities include:

1. Performs all duties listed under Environmental Systems Mechanic I.

2. Installs and maintains environmental systems equipment and components such as air conditioning equipment, chillers, condensers, pumps, fume hoods, autoclaves, environmental chambers, scientific equipment, cascade cooling units, process water systems, compressors and other pneumatic and computerized controls. Installs and maintains cooling tower equipment, plate-frame heat exchangers, cooling water treatment equipment, heating systems (all fuel types) to include boilers, unit heaters, furnaces, radiant heating, heat pump systems (geothermal and air source) and other emerging technology equipment/systems.

3. Tests and evaluates performance of systems using specialized equipment, repairs or replaces defective valves, thermostats, sensor and other parts in both pneumatic and computerized building environmental automation systems.

4. Operates computerized building environmental automation systems that control heating and cooling systems.

5. Performs continuous commissioning and retro commissioning of various types of environmental equipment to assure these systems are meeting energy optimization efficiency goals, operating to desired baselines, and are meeting the expectations of the customer.

6. Utilizes energy monitoring devices and test equipment to establish predictive type maintenance repairs that extend the life of systems and eliminate out of service conditions.

7. Provides functional guidance and training to apprentices, replacements, students and other personnel as required.

8. Other duties as assigned by appropriate department or administrative personnel.

Facilities Management (FM) is a service unit of approximately 700 employees who work behind the scenes, 24 hours a day, serving the University of Iowa as stewards of our beautiful Iowa City campus. FM staff coordinate campus master planning, manage design & construction, maintain & clean the buildings & the grounds, and provide utilities management.

The University of Iowa is one of the nation’s premier public research universities, with 11 colleges offering internationally recognized programs in disciplines ranging from otolaryngology to fiction writing, printmaking to space science, hydraulic engineering to dance. Iowa draws nearly 33,000 students from more than 100 countries and all 50 U.S. states, and employs about 29,500 faculty and staff.

The university is located along the picturesque Iowa River in Iowa City, a city of some 77,000 people (170,000+ in the metro area) regularly ranked as one of the nation’s best places to live. Iowa City is less than four hours from Chicago and within five hours of Minneapolis, St. Louis, and Kansas City, readily accessible via interstate highways and a regional airport 30 minutes away.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  • Six years of experience in temperature and computerized building environmental automation systems, refrigeration or air conditioning work, including apprenticeship o> Two years of experience in computerized building environmental automation systems plus four years of experience in temperature control, refrigeration or air conditioning work, including apprenticeship. 
  • Refrigeration certification of at least Type 2.
  • Experience with Johnson or Andover Controls
  • Valid drivers license and ability to meet and maintain compliance with the University’s Driving Policy.

Desired Qualifications

  • Previous soldering experience.
  • Commercial / industrial HVAC experience.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Project work knowledge and use of equipment.
  • Public contact / customer service experience.
  • Mechanical license
  • Hydronic license

Merit job openings are posted for a minimum of 10 calendar days. This job may be removed from posting and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended. For questions or additional information, please contact Whitney Bell (whitney-bell@uiowa.edu).

Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check.

Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance or accommodations with the application or interview process may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services, (319) 335-2660 or fsds@uiowa.edu.  For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at 319-356-7543.

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