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HVAC/r & Building Maintenance Technician

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Work type: Full Time
Location: Troy, NY
Categories: Staff, Trades, Service, and Maintenance

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Job Summary

The HVAC/r & Building Maintenance Technician will perform diversified duties for general building maintenance including carpentry, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and painting. HVAC-r responsibilities include repair, maintenance and installation of refrigeration, air conditioning, chilled water, compressed air, heating and ventilation systems and associated controls. Participates in on-call rotation in accordance with standard operating procedures.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School/Equivalent
  • Minimum of three (3) years of related and progressively more responsible experience in
    HVAC/r or Associate Degree from an HVAC/r related curriculum
  • EPA Refrigeration Certification to handle EPA Type 1 and 2 or Universal refrigerant within
    120 days of hire
  • Valid US driver’s license
  • Must have the ability to be medically qualified for respirator use

Relevant combinations of education, training and experience may be considered.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Associate's Degree in HVAC related curriculum
  • HVAC and control system installation and maintenance experience
  • Experience with building management systems
  • NYS Certified Pesticide Applicator Class 7G 

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated fundamental knowledge of basic refrigeration systems
  • Knowledge of basic construction trades including carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and metal work
  • Ability to troubleshoot, repair, and tune small boilers, furnaces, heat pumps
  • Ability to identify and resolve problems in field
  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate and diagnose basic electrical circuits
  • Ability to read and interpret blue prints, pneumatic prints, digital flow charts, schematic drawings and control diagrams
  • Ability to utilize electrical, pneumatic and digital control systems and applications
  • Ability to use networked building management systems
  • Ability to operate and make basic adjustments to reciprocating and centrifugal chillers
  • Ability to maintain control air compressors
  • Ability to use hand tools and power tools
  • Ability to work on ladders, scaffolding, and lifts
  • Excellent customer relation skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Ability to operate a computer using standard office software and industry specific software

Preferred Knowledge, Skill, and Abilities

  • Ability to utilize electrical, pneumatic and digital control systems and applications


Business Hours: Monday - Friday


Local travel between campus locations only


Driving a personal vehicle for non-passenger use

Application instructions


Follow the on-screen prompts to create an application. Please be ready to upload required documents, such as your resume and cover letter

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Job Posted Date

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

COVID-19 Pandemic Protocols

Rensselaer welcomes undergraduate and graduate students to campus for an in-person academic experience.  To support this experience, all faculty and staff are expected to work primarily onsite.

Rensselaer requires all faculty and staff to be vaccinated (and boosted when eligible) against COVID-19. Requests for exemptions for medical or religious reasons will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

We welcome candidates who will bring diverse cultural, ethnic, national and international perspectives to Rensselaer’s work and campus communities.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, Race/Gender/Veterans/Disability Employer.




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