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Enviro Systems Mechanic III

Facilities/Skilled Trades
20004146 Requisition #

The University of Iowa department of Facilities Management is seeking an Environmental Systems Mechanic III to perform, under general supervision, skilled work in the area of installation, repair, alteration, replacement and maintenance of components of refrigeration, air conditioning and heating equipment. This role also evaluates and recommends system optimization changes. This position is scheduled to work: Monday to Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm. Paygrade 13. The University of Iowa offers a generous benefits package, which may be viewed at: https://hr.uiowa.edu/benefits. Duties to include:


Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:

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

2. Operates, inspects, maintains and repairs chillers, chilled water equipment and systems to include associated auxiliary equipment such as air compressors, air dryers, pumps, chiller tube bundles, heat exchangers, and other emerging technology equipment and systems.

3. Perform leak tests, transfer refrigerants, charge machines and otherwise handle Freon refrigerants according to EPA regulations.

4. Conducts a variety of audible, visual and mechanical tests, uses computerized building environmental automation systems, records and service reports and other tools to diagnose and recommend system modifications to improve equipment and system performance.

5. Modifies building automation systems that control heating and cooling systems.

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

7. Investigates methods and equipment to be used in computerized building environmental automation systems and makes recommendations to engineers.

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

Position has bloodborne pathogen exposure risk.


About Facilities Management:

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 & grounds, and provide utilities management.

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:

  1. Eight years of experience in computerized building environmental automation systems, refrigeration or air conditioning work, including apprenticeship, with two years of experience in evaluating and recommending system optimization changes, or two years of experience in evaluating and recommending system optimization changes and meets the minimum eligibility requirements of ESM II; and
  2. Has refrigeration certificate of at least type
  3. Must possess a valid driver’s license and meet University’s Fleet Safety Program.


Desirable Qualifications:

  1. Previous soldering experience.
  2. Commercial / industrial HVAC experience.
  3. Basic computer skills.
  4. Project work knowledge and use of equipment.
  5. Public contact / customer service experience.
  6. Mechanical license.
  7. Hydronic license.
  8. Pump alignment certification.
  9. Vibration analysis certification.
  10. Pump alignment certification.
  11. Vibration analysis certification.
  12. Class A/B Operator certification for underground storage tanks.

Position will be filled at either Environmental Systems Mechanic I, II, or III. To be considered as a candidate for level I please apply to requisition 20004162. To be considered as a candidate for level II please apply to requisition 20004147. Merit job openings are posted for a minimum of 10 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended. Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check and driver’s license verification. Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.

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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