Job Details

University of California Santa Cruz
  • Position Number: 3296832
  • Location: Santa Cruz, CA
  • Position Type: Liberal Arts - Human Development & Family Studies

HVAC Mechanic

Location: Santa Cruz
Job ID: 40073



UC Vaccination Policy: With limited exceptions, COVID-19 vaccinations are required for Covered Individuals under the Policy. Covered Individuals include all employees, students, or trainees who physically access a University facility or program in connection with their employment, appointment, or education/training.

Covered Individuals do NOT include employees who work 100% remotely with NO expectation that they will physically access any University location or program at ANY time. If 100% remote work ends, the employee is subject to policy.



UC Santa Cruz staff jobs are posted until filled. Application materials submitted by 11:59 pm on the IRD will be routed to the hiring unit for consideration. NOTE: Materials submitted after the IRD will be forwarded only at the request of the hiring unit. Submit your materials before the IRD to ensure consideration by the hiring unit.

The IRD for this job is: 08-24-2022



UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the experience of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university. It's known as an unconventional place where innovation and experimentation is part of the campus's DNA. That playful, bold spirit still thrives today, all on a campus renowned as among the most beautiful in the world.



Physical Planning, Development & Operations (PPDO) manages and oversees all University activities and services related to physical and environmental planning, design and construction, engineering, physical plant maintenance and operations, capital planning and space management, and the associated business services necessary to support these functions.  The University's main campus is spread across more than 2,000 acres and includes over 500 buildings comprising more than 8 million square feet.  The department includes operating budgets of over $48 million, manages a capital project portfolio of approximately $500 million, and employs nearly 300 full time staff to carry forth the duties necessary for the campus' development and operation.

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Under the supervision of the HVAC Supervisor: Employee inspects, maintains, repairs, and installs equipment. Inspects, maintains, and performs necessary repairs and installation on equipment including, but not limited to, various types of heating, ventilating, air conditioning, seawater distribution systems, refrigeration, clean labs, fume hoods, kitchen machinery, and automatic controls' systems that are common to all University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) buildings. Keep up with rapidly evolving HVAC/R and BMS technology. Request training as required to meet this demand. Perform other duties as assigned.



Salary Information: $44.69 / Hourly.

No. of Positions: 1

Benefits Level Eligibility: Full benefits

Schedule Information:
  • Full-time, Fixed
  • Percentage of Time: 100%, 40 Hours per Week
  • Days of the Week: Mon-Fri
  • Shift Includes: Day

Employee Classification: This is a Career appointment

Job End Date: None

Work Location: UC Santa Cruz Main Campus

Union Representation: K7 - Santa Cruz Skilled Craft

Job Code Classification: 008185 (HVAC MECH)

Travel:  Up to 25% of the time



25% - Equipment Types to Maintain and Repair    
  • Performs scheduled preventative maintenance services, and repairs on University HVAC equipment: Including but not limited too, air compressors, vacuum systems, hydronic pumps, hydraulic systems, pressure vessels, hot water and steam boilers, ventilating fans, reverse osmosis systems, soft water systems, Chillers, air conditioning, refrigeration, seawater distribution and commercial kitchen equipment. Inspects, maintains, repairs, installs equipment: heating ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), Building Management Systems controls, (BMS), Seawater distribution systems and kitchen machinery that are common to all UCSC functions and research.

10% - System troubleshooting
  • Troubleshoots and repairs: mechanical, electrical and electronic devices, for HVAC systems, kitchen machinery; Seawater distribution equipment.

10% - Automated Equipment Controls
  • Performs installation and repair tasks on the Building Management system; Calibrates pressure, temperature, humidity and other analog/digital sensor; troubleshoots power supplies, equipment load relays and current transducers.

10% - Gas Fired Equipment
  • Inspects hot water heaters, boilers, warm air furnaces for proper operation.  Adjusts air/fuel ratios, pressures, and temperatures to manufacturer's specifications to ensure safe and efficient operation.

10% - Ability to Use Proper Tools
  • Uses standard hand tools, power tools, as well as trade specific testing instruments and specialty tools such as: velometer, multi-meter, amprobe, manometer, psychrometric chart, hygro-thermometer and data loggers.

10% - Water Treatment
  • Performs water treatment testing and analysis, (pH. TDS, CS) on various types of hydronic and closed loop systems.  Reviews test reports and implements changes as required.  Maintains proper water quality on applicable systems, which include: heating hot water, steam systems, chilled water, cooling water, soft and laboratory grade water, deionized water.

10% - HVAC Equipment Maintenance
  • Changes out ventilation systems filters, failed or worn out components, cleans mechanical equipment.  Maintains cleanliness of machine rooms and equipment areas. Inspects and lubricates moving equipment as required by manufactures specifications.

10% - Documentation and Plan Review
  • Maintains records of work performed and accurately documents material charges on work repair orders and records daily labor hours. Enters and maintains a daily timesheet. Turns in completed work orders in a timely manner. Reviews blueprints, schematics, diagrams, and documents modifications to HVAC, and Building Management systems.  Carries out assigned preventative maintenance programs and advises of changes or modifications to procedures that may be needed as required by equipment manufactures specifications.  Maintain adequate stock of tools, repair equipment and spare parts.

5% - Call Outs, Safety, Communication
  • Responds to HVAC, Building Management systems and kitchen equipment failures after hours, by call back or working assigned overtime. Perform duties as assigned. Performs safety inspections and routine maintenance on tools and equipment used.  Attends safety and training classes and performs all job related tasks in a safe manner.  Follows all product and university specific safety procedures when using tools and equipment. Effectively employs good interpersonal skills when interacting with members of the campus community. Assists Physical Plant mechanics and Supervisor maintain an inventory of shop materials, supplies and tools by informing them of specific needs.


  • Journey level experience and/or skills in the installation, maintenance, and repair of building heating, ventilating, air conditioning, refrigeration, (HVAC/R), equipment, electrical, plumbing equipment, kitchen equipment.
  • Experience and ability to read, and understand blueprints, electrical wiring diagrams, and electronic schematics.
  • Knowledge of and ability in troubleshooting electronic, electric circuitry and pneumatic controls.
  • Ability to read, write and perform basic arithmetic calculations.
  • Knowledge of national, state, and local codes and safety standards.
  • Experience and ability to operate and maintain a variety of power and hand tools.
  • Good oral communication and interpersonal skills, sufficient to interact with member of the campus community.  
  • Ability to accommodate changing priorities and complete tasks despite intermittent interruptions. 
  • Ability to work independently, and in a team setting.


  • Universal level EPA refrigerant certification recommended.


  • Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.
  • Must possess a valid license to drive in the state of California.
  • Possession of an EPA refrigerant certification, Type I & II minimum.
  • The ability to move up to 75 pounds. Work scheduled overtime, and be available for emergency overtime when the need arises by responding to overtime call outs before and after standard scheduled hours of work.  Work a temporary alternative schedule or shift (e.g., swing shift) as requested by supervisor.
  • Performs these duties in confined spaces, noisy mechanical rooms, manholes, attics, from ladders and other disadvantaged locations.
  • The University of California has implemented a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy covering all employees. To be compliant with the policy, covered employees must submit proof of vaccination or have an approved exception or deferral, eight (8) weeks from date of hire.
  • Per the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), this position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter. The selected candidate will be required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect as defined by CANRA and will be required to sign a Statement Acknowledging Requirement to Report Child Abuse prior to commencing employment. CANRA Penal Codes, and related definitions, requirements, and responsibilities may be obtained here.



All UCSC employees must understand and follow job safety procedures, attend required health and safety training, proactively promote safety at work, and promptly report actual and potential accidents and injuries.



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The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.

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To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit, they must be submitted on or before the initial review date (IRD) via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site; A computer is available at the UC Santa Cruz Staff Human Resources Office located at Scotts Valley Center. The Scotts Valley Center is located at 100 Enterprise Way, Suite E100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. To learn more or to request disability accommodations, call 831-459-2009. Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service at 800-735-2922. UC Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.

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