Facilities Technician

  • City of Palo Alto
  • Palo Alto, California
  • Nov 06, 2019
Full Time Engineering Facilities Management Information Technology and Communication Services
  • Salary: $75,524.80 - $92,684.80 Annually

Job Description

Description

Exciting opportunity for a Journey Level HVAC Facilities Technician!
Comprehensive benefits package included.


The City of Palo Alto's Public Works Department is looking for an experienced Facilities Technician. In this role, you will have the opportunity to work on a variety of skilled tasks in the operation and maintenance of city facilities, systems, and equipment. They will install, repair and maintain HVAC, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and swimming pool systems. They will perform other related work as required to maintain City facilities in safe and efficient condition.

A HVAC journey-level skill set is required for this position. Incumbents in this position will perform technically complex facilities maintenance duties requiring specialized knowledge, skills and abilities in the areas of installation, operation, adjustments, troubleshooting and maintenance of HVAC systems, electrical, electronic controls and auxiliary equipment. This position exercises a broad range of independent judgment and responsibilities in assessing, organizing, prioritizing, scheduling, planning, purchasing of materials and equipment for all assigned work orders.

IDEAL CANDIDATE:
  • Comprehensive, specialized knowledge of heat transfer, fluid flow, plumbing, electrical, all types of refrigeration equipment, and related principles, practices, methods and techniques commonly employed in the repair, installation and alteration of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration fixtures and systems.
  • Knowledge of refrigeration theory; the principles of heating, air conditioning, ventilation and cooling systems.
  • Knowledge to interpret blueprints and mechanical plans to understand the dimensions, symbols, notations and materials.
  • Knowledge in operation of Direct Digital Control Systems (DDC), Automated Logic Controls(ALC), Energy and Building Management Systems.
  • Knowledge in air distribution, air balancing and building automation systems including troubleshooting.
  • Working knowledge in pool pumps and filtering systems, chlorinators, water sterilizations and pH balancing.
  • Knowledge in testing and examining building security alarm, fire alarm and sprinkle systems.
  • Knowledge in swimming pool water chemistry and balancing.
  • Knowledge to UCB regulations and requirements.
  • Skills in the use and maintenance of trade tools, test instruments and materials.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgments and responsibilities in assessing, organizing, prioritizing, scheduling, planning, purchasing of materials and equipment for all assigned HVAC, electrical projects and work orders.
  • Ability to recover, recycle and reclaims refrigeration and cooling systems.
  • Ability to operate computer to enter and secure information
  • Ability to maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities which include walking or standing for extended period of time and operating assigned equipment and vehicles.
  • Ability to communicate with others and to assimilate and understand information, in a manner consistent with the essential job functions.
  • Ability to make sound decisions in a manner consistent with the essential job functions.
This is a Service Employees International Union (SEIU) position.

Essential Duties

Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Uses a computerized maintenance management system to manage work orders, which includes scheduling, recording material costs, labor hours worked, and description of work completed. Performs skilled maintenance, repair and installation work related to facilities heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration (HVACR), and electrical control systems.
  • Troubleshoots HVAC mechanical/electrical malfunctions on items such as chillers, AC compressors, boilers, pumps, motors, electric and electronic controls via functional tests, visual inspection and other tests and checks to identify cause and action needed.
  • Programs, calibrates, and monitors building management system controls; monitors, adjusts, troubleshoots, and enhances the building management system to balance energy management with comfort control.
  • Maintains pool water chemistry, balancing and circulation at proper levels as required by County Health Department, regulations and requirements for swimming pools.
  • Performs maintenance, repair and installation of pool equipment.
  • Installs, repairs, and maintains lavatories, sinks, wash basins, toilets, urinals, fountains, grease traps, drains, gas and electric water heaters, appliances and other plumbing systems and fixtures as required.
  • performs work such as emergency generator inspections, roofing repairs, commercial lock and door hardware installation and repair.
  • Conducts regular preventive maintenance inspections of city buildings and equipment to insure proper operating condition.
  • Performs emergency repairs, as necessary; uses established safety procedures in doing such work. Responds to request to work overtime when conditions warrant and directed by management.
  • Performs assigned after hours/weekend and holiday on=call duties, as scheduled by management to respond to emergencies.
  • Works in association with any of the other crafts (electrician, carpenter, or painter) when conditions, schedule, or work load warrants or as directed by management.
  • Inspects work sites to take dimensions, layout work, and estimate materials required.
  • Procedures supplies, materials and equipment for work projects; maintains records of purchase orders.
  • Coordinates and reviews the work of outside contractors, as necessary.
  • Reads interprets, and works from engineered drawings, schematics, wiring diagrams, sketches, O&M manuals, and verbal instructions to accomplish required work.
  • Operates and maintains hand tools, power tools, and equipment for a variety of trades.
  • Maintains operating logs of mechanical equipment.
  • Handles complaints and answer question from city departments and the public, as necessary.
Related Functions:
  • Perform skilled maintenance, repair and installation work related to facilities heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration (HVACR), and electrical control systems.
  • Troubleshoot HVAC mechanical/electrical malfunctions on items such as compressors, boilers, pumps, motors, electric and electronic controls via functional test, visual inspection and other test and check to identify cause and action needed.
  • Maintains pool water chemistry, balancing and circulation at proper levels as required by County Health Department, regulations and requirements for swimming pools.
  • Perform maintenance, repair and installation of pool equipment.
  • Perform pool water test and calibrates automation controls.
  • Perform emergency repairs, as necessary; establish proper safety devices in doing such work.
  • Responds to request to work overtime when conditions warrant and directed by management.
  • Performs assigned weekend and holiday standby duties to respond to emergencies as scheduled by management.
  • Works in association with any of the other crafts (electrician, carpenter, or painter) when conditions, schedule, or work load warrants or as directed by management.
  • Inspects work sites to take dimensions, layout work, and estimate materials required.
  • Maintains field work orders, service calls, and logs as directed by management.
  • Maintain equipment inventory and service theory.
  • Order supplies, materials and equipment for work projects; maintain records of purchase orders.
  • Coordinate and review the work of outside contractors, as necessary.
  • Assist in developing work plans, procedures and schedules; review work orders and scope of works.
  • Conducts regular preventive maintenance inspections of city buildings to insure proper operating condition.
  • Installs, repairs, and maintains lavatories, sinks, wash basins, toilets, urinals, fountains, grease traps, drains, gas and electric water heaters, and appliances; other systems and fixtures as required.
  • Performs electrical repair and trouble-shooting on electrical systems.
  • Performs work such as glazing, roofing, locks and related building hardware.
  • Works from blueprints, specifications, manuals and documents.
  • Operates and maintains hand tools, power tools, and equipment for a variety of trades.
  • Maintains operating log of mechanical equipment.
  • Handle complaints and answer question from city departments and the public, as necessary.
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Minimum Qualifications

Sufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the following knowledge, skills and abilities, which would typically be acquired through:
  • High school graduate or GED preferred supplemented by completion of an electrical, plumbing, or HVAC apprenticeship program or HVAC Trade School that includes theory and on-the-job work.
  • Four years of journey-level experience working as an electrician, plumber, or HVAC technician, in troubleshooting, maintaining, and repairing building equipment in a commercial, industrial or large facility environment.
Special Requirements:
  • Possession of a valid California Driver's License.
  • Possession of EPA Refrigerant Transition and Recovery Certificate.
  • Attainment of Aquatic Facilities Operator Certificate will be required upon the discretion of the manager.


Closing Date/Time: Continuous