Job opening: Air Cond Equip Mechanic
Salary: $31 - 36 per hour
Published at: Feb 12 2024
Employment Type: Full-time
The Columbia VA Health Care System (VAHCS) opened in 1932 at its current location. The facility has 204 skilled nursing beds, which includes acute medical, surgical, psychiatric, and long-term care. The hospital provides primary, secondary, and some tertiary care. The facility is a complex teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology, education, and research.
This position provides journeyman level craft labor, working with tools to install, repair, replace and perform preventive maintenance for environmental control systems in all campus buildings. The incumbent installs, repairs and maintains valves, thermostats, sensors, coils, dampers, VAV,CAV, Medical Air Compressors, and other components of pneumatic, electric, and electronic systems controlling the delivery of heat/hot water and/or air conditioning/chilled water to Medical Center facilities in order to maintain proper environmental temperatures. This position installs control valves in building heating and cooling systems: rebuilds valves operated by hydraulic, electric or pneumatic controllers; removes and replaces damaged or deteriorated packing in valves; and changes and adjusts diaphragms in valve activators. The incumbent repairs, replaces, adjusts and calibrates thermostats and sensors controlling individual rooms and large air handlers. This position repairs coils and air handling mechanisms, adjusting valves controlling the flow of liquid to coils. This position inspects and adjusts dampers to ensure proper opening and closing as specified by manufacturers and maintains damper motors and activators to maintain damper function. The incumbent visually inspects and observes pressure and vacuum gauges and adjusts controls to insure proper operation, by modification and balancing various elements.. This position tests joints and connections for leaks, and cuts, threads and installs replacement pipe tubing and joints/couplers. The incumbent inspects, repairs and replaces variable air volume(VAV) boxes located in ductwork. This position inspects, repairs and replaces constant air volume (CAV) boxes, Medical Air compressors, Medical and Dental Vacuum systems. The incumbent follows and changes computer software programs as necessary to troubleshoot and correct DDC control routines. This position uses tools to install, repair, replace and perform preventative maintenance for all types of refrigeration equipment. The incumbent installs, repairs and maintains chillers, ice-making equipment, refrigerators, freezers, water cooling systems window air conditioning units, DX-type free standing air-conditioning units for computer rooms, kitchen equipment and refrigerated air dryers for environmental control systems. The incumbent monitors the level of refrigerants in cooling/refrigeration systems, removes air from systems and charges systems with manufacture's specified amount and type of refrigerant.
Work Schedule: Mon-Fri 2:30p.m. - 11:00p.m.
Position Description Title/PD#: Air Cond Equip Mechanic/PD10333A and PD01343A
Physical Requirements: Most of the work is usually performed inside, but the incumbent is frequently subject to sudden temperature changes when working on equipment such as walk-in freezer units. He/She is occasionally subjected to cuts, burns, electrical shocks, and respiratory ailments; and exposed to repeated, prolonged or concentrated amounts of refrigerant gases that may cause toxic effects on eyes, skin, and internal organs. There is an occasional requirement to work outside, on top of tall buildings, in drafty attic spaces, and in cramped areas with low overheads. The incumbent must be able to use wrenches, pipe wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, torches, and other tools of the trade to install, remove, dismantle, adjust, reassemble and re-install coils, piping, control gauges, valves, thermostats and other control elements and components. The incumbent must be able to work at ground/floor level and/or in restricted spaces up to two hours at a time for the entire length of shift in order to access HVAC control systems and equipment.
- You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
- Subject to a background/suitability investigation
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- May serve a probationary period
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
EXPERIENCE: A specific length of training and experience is not required, but you must show evidence of training or experience of sufficient scope and quality of your ability to do the work of this position. Evidence which demonstrates you possess the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of this position must be supported by detailed descriptions of such on your resume. Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Federal Wage System Qualification Standards.
SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT: Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element, which usually appears as question 1 in the on-line questionnaire. Those applicants who appear to possess at least the minimal acceptable qualification requirement are considered for further rating; those who do not are rated ineligible and are eliminated. The potential eligibles are then rated against the remainder of the Job Elements:
Equipment Assembly, Installation, RepairMaterialsTechnical PracticesTroubleshootingUse and Maintain Tools and EquipmentWithout more than normal supervision
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
This job does not have an education qualification requirement.
- Address Columbia VA Health Care System
6439 Garners Ferry Road
Columbia, SC 29209
- Name: Juan Cruz
- Phone: (860) 938-7296
- Email: [email protected]