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Whitworth University
  • Position Number: 5278121
  • Location: Spokane, WA
  • Position Type: Facilities Management

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) Specialist

Whitworth University

Salary: $56,347.20 - $59,280.00 Annually

Job Type: Full-Time Staff

Location: Whitworth University Campus

Department: Facilities Services


Position Summary

The Facilities Services Department at Whitworth University is seeking an HVACR Specialist to join our team of dedicated maintenance professionals. In this role you will perform a variety of skilled services in maintenance and engineering related to the heating, ventilation, commercial refrigeration, and air conditioning systems on campus, including the central steam heating plant. You will join a team of eight trades professionals who serve the Whitworth community today and sustain our campus for tomorrow. To learn more about the Facilities Services Department visit their webpage here.

Core Responsibilities

HVACR Operations | 90%

  • Perform a variety of skilled/journeyman-level duties in the heating, ventilation, commercial refrigeration, and air conditioning systems, including localized boilers and steam hot water heaters.
  • Operate, service, maintain, repair, and recondition commercial and residential electric and natural gas fired appliances, refrigeration plants and appliances, and air conditioning systems
  • Utilize Lock out tag out system when performing work on equipment
  • Maintain/service, program, and repair all building HVACR electronic systems, controls, and computer-based energy management programs
  • Maintain a comprehensive, on-going, preventive maintenance program, including maintenance, operating, and other appropriate records and logs
  • Interact with campus systems to access As-builts and building documentation necessary for troubleshooting systems.
Other | 10%
  • Assists in HVACR design and modifications as part of facilities remodeling and new construction as required
  • Perform emergency call-out services as required
  • Complete parts and materials requisitions for HVACR related systems
  • Supervise and train student workers when assigned
  • Perform other duties as assigned, including assisting other trades

Qualifications | Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Education and Experience
  • Completion of a vocational program or apprenticeship in HVAC technology, or equivalent hands-on experience.
  • Experience with tools and equipment used in HVAC installation and maintenance.
Whitworth Values
  • Demonstrated growth in cultural competence, awareness of societal and structural inequities and proven experience in effectively establishing relationships and positive communications with students and other constituents across multiple dimensions of diversity including, but not limited to, race, gender, varying abilities, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, class or religious perspectives.
  • A personal commitment to the Christian faith and to the integration of faith and learning.
  • A commitment to the educational mission of Whitworth University as a comprehensive Christian liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church.
  • Gas I license.
  • Refrigeration - Class II.
  • Universal CFC license.
Applicants with experience who can obtain the certification in the first 90 days of employment will be considered.
Knowledge Skills and Abilities
  • Commitment to safety protocols and regulations in the HVAC industry.
  • Knowledge of building control systems, Microsoft Office Suite, and basic computer competencies.
  • Basic understanding of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and components.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
  • Willingness to learn and adapt to new techniques and technologies in the HVAC field.
  • Excellent communication skills and customer service orientation.
  • Physical ability to lift, carry, and work in various indoor and outdoor environments.
  • O6A electrical license.
  • Mechanic II license.
  • Valid driver's license.
  • Journey-level experience in commercial and residential heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems or completing journey-level certification.

Position Details

Full Time (1.0 FTE) | 12 months | 40 hours per week

This position responds to evening and weekend calls for emergency services and control work. Requires a valid driver's license.

A background check and sexual misconduct check will be required of the successful candidate. A resume, cover letter, faith statement, and names, email addresses, and phone numbers of at least three (3) professional references will also be required.

You are on this webpage because a position at Whitworth sparked your curiosity. If you find yourself questioning hitting the apply button because you might not meet 100% of the qualifications, we think you should do it! Research continues to show that women and BIPOC candidates are less likely to hit the apply button unless they meet all the listed qualifications. One way we are working to overcome this trend is every search committee at Whitworth has a trained Equity Advocate (EA) serving on the team. Our EAs are trained to make space for committees to consider each candidate's unique and relevant skills and attributes. So, when you click apply, please know that your application is reviewed by a committee of real, living, and breathing human beings who want to understand your experience and skills to find ways you relate to the key competencies needed for success in the position.

Looking for resources to help with writing a faith statement? Check out our faith statement resource page for more information.

Learn more about our shared work to achieve and sustain inclusive excellence HERE.

Whitworth complies with all federal, state, and local nondiscrimination laws that are applicable to religious nonprofit institutions and does not engage in unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sexual orientation, sex, or disability. With our Christ-centered commitment to building a diverse and inclusive community, the university encourages applications from populations underrepresented at Whitworth including members of racial/ethnic communities, women, and persons with disabilities.

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It is important that your application show all the relevant education and experience you possess. Applications may be rejected if incomplete.

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