HVAC Technician
City of Boise

Boise, Idaho


Summary Statement

The City of Boise is looking for a technical and detail-oriented individual to fill the role of HVAC Technician. This person t roubleshoots, maintains, and installs commercial heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment in city facilities.

  • Manages and monitors building automation and geothermal systems
  • Identifies and recommends energy conservation measures to support the City's climate initiatives
  • Work is performed under general oversight and requires independent judgment
City employees receive top-notch benefits including a no-cost medical option, wellness program, generous paid leave, 401(k), and PERSI pension plan.

Essential Functions

Performs journey-level installation, maintenance, troubleshooting and repairs to commercial and residential HVAC systems and equipment, such as air handlers, chillers, boilers, cooling towers, pumps, heat pumps, compressors, metering devices, exchangers, rooftop units and energy recovery units. Creates, performs and trains personnel on maintenance standards and safety procedures for HVAC, mechanical, geothermal, and automated systems. Ensures compliances with local, state and federal rules, regulations and laws, as well as follows ASHRAE standards and operating guidelines with a focus on performance and indoor environmental quality (IEQ). Utilizes tools of the trade, including pressure gauges, amp probes, refrigerant charging equipment, thermal imagers, welders and specialized automated equipment to diagnose and calibrate devices within critical climate systems. Maintains detailed maintenance records and energy usage data for multiple equipment and system types. Reads and interprets blueprints, diagrams and HVAC equipment operation manuals. Coordinates and oversees outside HVAC contractors as needed and inspects completed work. (60%)

Monitors and manages all aspects of the building automation systems (BAS) and direct digital controls (DDC), including setting schedules, trend logs, alarms, etc. Uses BAS to monitor, record and report on geothermal, electricity, natural gas and water usage. Makes adjustments in BAS to maintain comfort levels and to ensure buildings are operating efficiently. Performs basic BAS programming and works directly with vendor for more complex integration and programming. Recommends and completes BAS improvements projects. Creates, updates and archives print and digital controls diagrams for HVAC systems and other IoT devices. (15%)

Reviews the design, size and layout of HVAC systems for new construction. Provides technical support to engineers on new electrical, HVAC and related system designs. Assists with the development of bid documents by researching options, contacting vendors and providing specifications. Provides input regarding planning, labor hours estimates and technical requirements for projects and maintenance activities. Keeps up with latest trends in the industry. Explores and researches opportunities to maximize building and system energy efficiency as well as the use of renewable and alternative energy sources. Recommends energy efficient alternatives to existing equipment due for replacement as well as other energy conservation measures to support the City's climate goals. (15%)

Utilizes computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) to create maintenance procedures, retrieve work orders, track materials used, enter hours worked, log maintenance activities, maintain equipment data and establish replacement schedules. Assists in material and equipment selection for supply and inventory levels. Assists in retrieving equipment information for repair and replacement, as well as for the development of preventive maintenance procedures. Maintains detailed records of refrigerants used. Assists facility maintenance technicians with maintenance and repair of equipment and buildings, and with projects that need to be completed quickly to keep facilities running within established service parameters. (10%)

Performs other duties as assigned. Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time. Total Percentage = 100%

Requirements

Required Knowledge, Experience, And Training
  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Journey-level HVAC license issued by the State of Idaho
  • EPA Universal Refrigerant certification
  • 5 years of experience repairing and maintaining a complex and diverse array of commercial HVAC equipment and systems in a commercial facility environment
  • Or an equivalent combination of education and experience

Knowledge
  • Advanced knowledge of HVAC system maintenance, installation, and repair
  • Appropriate use of pressure gauges, amp probes, charging and recovery equipment, welding equipment, mechanical tools, and specialized automated equipment to diagnose and calibrate devices and systems
  • Relevant Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) laws and regulations
  • Airflow dynamics and balancing
  • Electrical equipment utilizing 120-, 240-, and 480-volt, single- and three-phase power source
  • Intermediate to advanced understanding and ability of direct digital control (DDC) systems and building automation systems (BAS)
  • Geothermal systems
  • Renewable energy systems
  • Lock out/tag out safety procedures, as well as related occupational hazards and standard safety precautions

Ability
  • Operate a computer with demonstrated proficiency using related database, CMMS, word processing, and spreadsheet software applications at an appropriate level for efficient job performance
  • Read and interpret monitoring systems for geothermal, heating, and cooling systems
  • Read and interpret electrical and mechanical schematics, blueprints, and operations manuals
  • Display an attitude of cooperation and work harmoniously with all levels of city employees, the general public, and other organizations
  • Communicate effectively in the English language at a level necessary for efficient job performance
  • Complete assignments in a timely fashion
  • Understand and comply with all rules, policies, and regulations
  • Maintain prompt and regular attendance
  • Work a rotating on-call shift
  • Report to facilities in the case of an emergency
  • Perform all essential and marginal functions as assigned by an authorized employee, supervisor, and/or manager with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Individuals must be capable of operating vehicles safely and have an acceptable driving record

Preferred Knowledge, Experience, And Training
  • 8+ years of experience repairing and maintaining complex commercial HVAC equipment and systems
  • 5 years of experience with BAS

Licensing And Other Requirements
  • Journey-level HVAC license issued by the State of Idaho
  • EPA Universal Refrigerant certification
  • Valid state-issued driver's license

Special Requirements
Applicants must be able to pass:
  • City of Boise background check processes which includes a criminal history check and reference checks in accordance with the City of Boise Hiring Process Regulation
  • Driving Record Check
  • Criminal Justice Information System background check (CJIS)


Working Conditions

The physical effort characteristics and working environment described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Physical Efforts
While performing the duties of this job the employee is frequently lifting/carrying up to 35 pounds, occasionally lifting/carrying up to 75 pounds, and rarely lifting/carrying up to 100 pounds. Also, the employee is frequently pushing/pulling up to 35 pounds, occasionally pushing/pulling up to 50 pounds, and rarely pushing/pulling up to 100 pounds. The noise level is frequently moderate, occasionally loud, and rarely very loud. Work includes sensory ability to talk, hear and touch. Work in this position also includes close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception. Employees will sit, stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach, grasp, climb and balance. Position requires hand/finger dexterity.

Working Environment
The work environment will include inside conditions, outdoor weather conditions, extreme temperatures, wet and humid conditions, and areas of dust, odors, mist, and gases or other airborne matter. Employees are exposed to mechanical and electrical hazards, work in/at heights as well as confined spaces. Employees will also drive a vehicle as part of this position. Work includes protected exposure to chemicals.
This position works a rotating on-call shift and must report in times of emergencies.



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