Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Mechanic (2 positions) (504635)

  • Cal State University (CSU) East Bay
  • Hayward, California
  • Oct 31, 2021
Full Time Construction and Skilled Trades

Job Description


Salary and Benefits

Salary Range: $6,034.00/month to $7,651.00/month. PLEASE NOTE: The starting salary placement depends on qualifications and experience and is anticipated to be in the range of $6,034.00/month to $6,843.00/month.

Cal State East Bay offers a broad range of benefits that includes medical, dental, vision, retirement (CalPERS), 401k, 457, 403(b), dependent and health care reimbursement accounts, life insurance, vacation and sick, 13 paid holidays, one personal holiday and tuition fee waiver.

For more information on the benefits program, please visit

About Cal State East Bay

Cal State East Bay's beautiful main campus is located in the Hayward hills with panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay shoreline. Situated above the city of Hayward, the campus offers an ideal setting for teaching and learning and yet easy access to the many cities along the bay. The University has a satellite campus in Concord, a professional development center in Oakland and a significant presence online. Founded in 1957, Cal State East Bay is one of 23 universities of the California State University system (CSU). With an enrollment over 15,800 students, Cal State East Bay is recognized as a regionally engaged and globally oriented university with a strong commitment to academic innovation, student success, engaged and service learning, diversity, and sustainability.

About the Position

The Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Mechanic is responsible for the full range of service, maintenance and repair on more complex refrigeration and associated HVAC systems and equipment. The work of an Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Mechanic requires a more comprehensive knowledge of refrigeration and air conditioning systems than the refrigeration and air conditioning work performed by the Building Service Engineer. Incumbents in this classification must be thoroughly familiar with all safety codes and regulations related to the installation and operation of refrigeration and air conditioning systems. Positions in this classification require certification from the Environmental Protection Agency in the use and disposal of compressed refrigerants.

Under general direction, incumbents install, troubleshoot, calibrate, service, repair and maintain refrigeration and HVAC systems, equipment, instruments and controls using electrical, electronic, pneumatic or digitally controlled systems; oil, clean, adjust, overhaul, and repair motors, condensers, compressors, oil and vacuum pumps, and similar equipment; perform major overhauls involving disassembly and inspection of all parts, replacement of defective and worn parts, reassembly of equipment instruments and/or controls, and the testing of equipment to ensure proper functioning; locate and diagnose malfunctions using a wide variety of test equipment and instruments; analyze the efficiency of campus refrigeration and air conditioning systems and recommend action for improvement; respond to service requests; diagnose problems in the distribution of air to individual rooms and buildings and make necessary adjustments; use building automation system to diagnose and troubleshoot problems in HVAC and refrigeration systems; maintain inventory and records; order parts and supplies; and train and provide work direction to skilled and semi-skilled workers.


Performs at journey level in the installation, repair and operation of campus air conditioning/refrigeration systems.
  • Repairs complex refrigeration and HVAC Systems.
  • Chillers and Cooling Towers
  • Comprehensive knowledge of air conditioning and refrigeration systems troubleshooting techniques and understanding.
  • Thorough understanding of programmable logic.
  • Diagnose system malfunctions
  • Calibrate system instruments and controls.
  • Analyze systems to maintain proper operation.
  • Overhaul Systems as necessary.
  • Respond to service calls.
  • Repair/adjust sealed systems as necessary.
  • Replacement of failed components and parts.
  • Testing of repaired equipment and systems.
  • Order parts and supplies as necessary.
  • Utilize campus BMS systems.

Performs the preventive maintenance responsibilities of a journey level air conditioning/refrigeration mechanic.
  • Complex refrigeration and HVAC systems.
  • Cleaning of condensers and evaporators
  • Replacement of filters
  • Replacement of v-belts
  • Calibration of systems and controls
  • Adjustment of sealed systems
  • Equipment record keeping
  • Disassembly and inspection of systems.
  • Maintain sealed systems.
  • Perform sealed system leak checks.
  • Maintain inventory.
  • Utilize campus BMS systems.
  • Order parts and supplies as necessary.
  • Maintain specialized test equipment and tools.

  • Asbestos O&M
  • Lead Training
  • Aerial/Scissor Lift Training
  • Departmental Meetings
  • Confined Space
  • Attend mandatory tailgate meetings
  • Mandatory CSU/CalState East Bay trainings
  • Staying abreast of new methods and technology

Time Keeping/Reports
  • Ordering of Material and supplies using the department MSR form.
  • Shop Clean-up
  • Daily time card submission
  • Vacation and overtime form submission
  • Campus refrigerant use/logs

Required Qualifications

  • Work requires thorough knowledge of the theory and operation of major types of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment and of the materials, equipment and techniques used in the repair and maintenance of such equipment.
  • Working knowledge of electrical voltage, plumbing refrigeration, electrical and plumbing codes, thermodynamics and automated energy/environmental management systems.
  • Thorough knowledge of high and low pressure boilers, and heating, pneumatic ventilating, air conditioning, refrigeration and other mechanical equipment.
  • Thorough knowledge of the methods, tools and materials used in the operation, maintenance and repair of such equipment.
  • General knowledge of ventilation principles, thermal dynamics, and closed water systems;
  • Working knowledge of energy management systems including the ability to understand and use system features.
  • General knowledge of the methods, materials, tools and equipment used.
  • General knowledge of Cal OSHA regulations.

  • In addition to the abilities required of a Building Service Engineer, the Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Mechanic must be able to use judgment and discretion in determining the methods and priorities of work orders; perform skilled electrical and plumbing work; diagnose and repair major malfunctions in the complex multi-zone air conditioning systems; devise and control air distribution efficiently with maximum comfort; and diagnose and repair the full range of refrigeration equipment including centrifugal and absorber equipment and/or screw, scroll and reciprocating refrigeration equipment.
  • Must be able to install, operate and repair HVAC equipment and systems
  • Demonstrate a high degree of mechanical skill equivalent to journey level.
  • Read, interpret and work form blueprints, plans, drawings and specifications.
  • Make rough sketches' estimate cost, time and materials of mechanical work.
  • Maintain records and retrieve data related to work performed using manual and/or computerized record-keeping systems.
  • Prepare standard reports; provide instruction to unskilled and semi-skilled assistants;
  • Analyze and respond appropriately to emergency situations.
  • Read and write at a level appropriate to the position.
  • Perform arithmetic calculations as required by the position.
  • Demonstrate the ability to understand and respond clearly in written and oral language.
  • Demonstrate understanding and comply with the current Teamsters Unit 6 bargaining agreement.
  • Effectively listen and understand sensitivity and awareness in relating to individuals of diverse backgrounds,
  • Work with trust and respect, and ability to manage conflict constructively.
  • Ability to anticipate conditions/plan ahead; ability to establish priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Willingness to take on new projects/methods, willingness to support organizational goals, flexibility in response to changing circumstances.
  • Excellent customer service skills.

Specific physical and/or environmental working conditions that relate to the essential requirements of the position:
  • Employee must be able to work in high locations on ladders, scaffolds, motorized equipment, etc.
  • Employee must be able to work in confined spaces.
  • Employee must be able to work in varying climatic conditions, to include inclement weather.
  • Employee must be able to wear a respirator.
  • Some work on weekends and holidays may be required, and the workweek will be adjusted accordingly.
  • May be required to work alone if working conditions dictates.
  • Position may be needed during campus emergencies such as power outages, minor and major natural disasters, pandemics, etc.

Employee must successfully complete hazardous materials, lead and asbestos training courses offered by the university.

Must possess a valid California Driver's License and will be required to obtain a State of California Defensive Driving Permit.

Minimum Qualifications


Progressively responsible experience in the installation, adjustment, maintenance and repair of commercial and domestic refrigeration and air conditioning systems involving modulatory and safety controls, thermostats, humidifiers and duct stats as well as one year of experience in the installation and repair of central multi-zone air conditioning systems. In addition, journey-level skill equivalent to that acquired through the completion of a refrigeration or air conditioning mechanic's apprenticeship program is required.

Special Requirements:

Incumbents typically must possess certification in the use of refrigerants.

Condition(s) of Employment

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including LiveScan, as appropriate), that may include, but is not limited to: criminal records check, verification of academic credentials, licenses, certificates, credit history, professional references and/or verification of work history is required for employment. Cal State East Bay will issue a conditional offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Unsatisfactory results may also affect the continued employment of current Cal State East Bay employees who were conditionally offered the position.

All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate. LiveScan is conducted through the University Police Department.

EEO Statement

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Cal State East Bay does not discriminate on the basis of any protected categories: age, ancestry, citizenship, color, disability, gender, immigration status, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran's status. The University is committed to the principles of diversity in employment and to creating a stimulating learning environment for its diverse student body.

Other Information

All California State University campuses, including Cal State East Bay, are smoke and tobacco-free. For more information, please visit our website at

In compliance with state and federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, the Cal State East Bay Annual Campus Security Report is available at:


Cal State East Bay is not a sponsoring agency for Staff or Management positions.

Mandated Reporter

The incumbent in this position may be considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and will be required to comply with requirements set forth in the CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

CSU Vaccination Policy

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at https://calstate.policystat. com/policy/9779821/latest/ and questions may be sent to

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

Hayward, California 94542 United States View Map