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Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic / Mechanic Refrigeration

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Work type: Support Staff
Pay Grade: 16
Major Administrative Unit / College: Infrastructure Planning And Facilities
Department: Ipf Maint Serv Mechanical Area 40001039
Sub Area: SSTU- Skilled Trades
Salary: 30.83
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Skilled Trades, Skilled Trades- SSTU, Full Time (90-100%), Union

Working/Functional Title

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mech

Position Summary

Salary:  $30.83 - $35.23 per hour upon meeting the requirements.

MSU Benefits - Free comprehensive health care for you and your family as well as a 10% contribution toward your retirement; Generous sick, vacation, personal and holiday time.

Are you an Air Conditioning (A/C) & Refrigeration Mechanic who is tired of traveling job site to job site, not knowing where you’re going next or when you will be home?  Join our team where you always commute to the same site, on a regular schedule, and get to go home by dinner most nights.  Our team offers paid holidays and vacation among many other benefits, such as retirement matching and healthcare packages.  The department provides uniforms, safety boots, access to state-of-the-art technology and tools, views of Spartan Stadium, and a safe, stable working environment where you never have to use outdoor portable restroom facilities again. Michigan State University Infrastructure Planning and Facilities invites applications for the position of Air Conditioning (A/C) & Refrigeration Mechanic and we need your help.  The department is responsible for all aspects of maintaining, troubleshooting, repairing, and installation of chillers, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, and associated packaged controls.  

This position will repair, maintain, alter, and install large and small rooftop and window air conditioning units and mechanical refrigeration units/systems; works on chambers and other related temperature controlled rooms; overhauls and services refrigeration units by replacing and adjusting worn or broken parts on condensers, compressors, evaporators and vacuum pumps; repairs leaks on valves, piping, connections, fittings, and coils; starts systems, observes operations, interprets gauges and instruments, and adjusts mechanisms such as valves, controls, and pumps to maintain necessary levels of fluid, pressure, and temperature; performs pressure check of systems for leaks, then properly evacuate and recharge the refrigeration system for proper refrigerant charge; tests components using electrical, mechanical, and pneumatic testing equipment; assists in or perform work on other mechanical systems, as capable. This position will also interpret blueprints, diagrams, sketches, and job specifications; estimate time and material to be used on the job; stock, maintain, and may operate a University service vehicle.  This position may carry an on-call cell phone on a weekly rotating basis.  
This position will engage in high performing, leading edge practices, valuing people, partners and stewardship. At IPF, we are committed to fostering an equitable, inclusive culture; engaging and hiring a diverse workforce.

Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

  • Completion of high school education or an equivalent combination of technical training and experience.
  • Successful completion of an applicable trade specific Trades Helper program, completion of an approved apprenticeship program or an associate degree or equivalent education/experience.
  • Five years’ experience in the trade that includes five years of experience in commercial refrigeration and air-conditioning installation, maintenance and troubleshooting and demonstrated ability to independently perform the duties and responsibilities of the classification, or equivalent experience.
  • Possession of EPA 608 Universal Certification.
  • Must possess a State of Michigan Contractor's License with endorsements in refrigeration (#4) and Limited Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (#7) to receive progression step increases at and after the six (6) month mark.
  • Expert knowledge of the methods, materials, tools, equipment, occupational hazards, and safety precautions of the trade.
  • Expert knowledge of applicable building codes, rules, and regulations (local, state, and federal).
  • Possession of a valid operator's license.
  • Must furnish own tools.
  • Frequent lifting of 26 to 75 pounds and occasional lifting of over 75 required.

Desired Qualifications

State of Michigan Mechanical Contractor License with endorsements for #4 - refrigeration and #7 - limited refrigeration or #8 - unlimited refrigeration/air conditioning service; more than five years of experience with trouble-shooting, installation, evacuating and charging of large commercial air-conditioning and refrigeration equipment, including: chillers, split systems, walk-in coolers, freezers, growth chambers and ammonia refrigeration systems; experience working on large tonnage mechanical and absorption chillers; experience with the servicing of smaller systems, including window air conditioning units, refrigerators and ice machines;  experience working with customers and other mechanics involving other building trades; knowledge of basic personal computer terminology and operations and the ability to use e-mail and the Internet. 
A creative and innovative lifelong learner with the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse population; able to problem solve within a collaborative team environment; ability to understand different perspectives while utilizing expert knowledge of the technical operations of the job.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

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Work Hours

Monday through Friday first shift- 8:00am - 4:30pm - may require after-hours, weekend and holiday work.


Summary of Physical Demands

Carrying tools and materials to and from job site.  Hauling tools and materials to and from job site; hauling trash.  Performs work from various types of equipment including scaffolding. 

Summary of Health Risks

Wear a respirator, Work in noisy (at or above 85 decibel) areas, Risks that have been identified by Environmental Health and Safety, such as exposure to lead, chemotherapy, formaldehyde, asbestos, refrigerants

The Bidding Eligibility ends on 01/31/2023 at 11:55 PM)

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