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Head Service Mechanic

Facilities Operations

Head Service Mechanic

  • 532962
  • Manhattanville
  • Facilities Operations
  • Full Time
  • Opening on: Dec 23 2022
  • Head Service Mechanic
  • Job Type: Support Staff - Union
  • Bargaining Unit: TWU - B&G
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours Per Week: 40
  • Salary Range: $43.90- $43.90 per hour
The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The above hiring range represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Position Summary

LOCATION(S): Manhattanville
SCHEDULE: Monday - Friday, 7:00AM- 3:30PM

The Head Service Mechanic is a leadership position in the Facilities Operations department providing high quality and effective work in the maintenance and repair of Columbia University - Manhattanville Campus (CUMVC) equipment, services, and systems.


  • Independently; operate, inspect/round, maintain, and repair equipment and machinery in good workmanlike manner while maintaining a high level of safety, reliability, efficiency, and cost effectiveness.
  • Maintain, troubleshoot, and repair refrigeration equipment including condensing units up to 50 tons.
  • Maintain, troubleshoot, and repair hermetic, semi-hermetic, reciprocating, and scroll chillers under 50 horsepower.
  • Must be able to work all shifts as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Diploma and/or the equivalent is required.
  • One (1) year internal experience as a Service Mechanic - Level 3; or external equivalent of nine (9) years of experience as an HVAC or refrigeration mechanic.
  • Possess strong leadership skills.
  • Must demonstrate minimum professional proficiency in the English Language; as defined by the U.S. Department of State.
  • Must be a quick learner and exhibit self-motivational skills.
  • Adequate ability to discern colors for monitoring alarm conditions.
  • Strong team mentality (ability to work with others).
  • Well refined interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate with all levels of staff, customers, clients, students, vendors, and management.
  • How to read and interpret SDS information.
  • Understanding of general vivarium, and laboratory rules and restrictions.
  • How to identify a fire rated barrier and properly install fire-stopping materials.
  • Proficient in the fundamentals of maintenance and repair of building systems.
  • Proficient in troubleshooting of equipment and systems.
  • How to properly use, install, and inspect fire stopping materials.
  • Knowledgeable on how to safely operate and interpret a volt ohm meter, and troubleshoot basic electronics.
  • How to properly utilize lock out-tag out procedures for all energy sources (electrical, thermal, hydraulic, hydronic).
  • How to operate and interpret air flow instruments, including but not limited to capture hoods, manometers, and anemometers.
  • How to properly and safely operate all hand tools, power tools, equipment utilized by facilities maintenance and repair.
  • How to properly test and document the operation of a steam trap.
  • How to perform more advanced sheet metal work such as installing fire/smoke and fire dampers.
  • Ability and knowledge on how to remove, repair, and install large cooling and heating coils.
  • Ability to discuss the refrigeration cycle including operation and troubleshooting of its components.
  • Must be capable of performing fire brigade duties as assigned.

Knowledge of and/or Training on the following:

  • General OSHA standards and requirements.
  • Use of portable fire extinguisher.
  • Hazardous waste awareness.
  • Asbestos hazards and safety.
  • Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (work order management system).
  • Confined space entry procedures.
  • Lock-out/Tag-out procedures.
  • Description and use of fire stopping materials.
  • Communication etiquette including phone, radio, and customer service.
  • Hot work permits.
  • Must demonstrate knowledge of all CUMVC's safety policies and procedures.
  • Must demonstrate applicable institutional knowledge and practices of the facility and its operations.
  • Duties and requirements from Service Mechanic Level 3 and prior still apply and must be maintained and current, as well as the knowledge applied to any future buildings coming on line.

Physical Requirements & Environmental Conditions

  • The physical and environmental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential responsibilities and functions of the job and are not meant to be all-inclusive.
  • Use strength to lift and transport items needed to perform the functions of the job, with the ability to lift 50 pounds independently and support team lift with reasonable accommodations.
  • Sit, stand, bend, kneel, crouch, and squat for prolonged periods of time and/or repeatedly over a required period of time.
  • Reach with and work with hands and arms overhead.
  • May work in an environment where a variety of pathogens, chemical substances, and gases are used for research.
  • Ability to work while wearing a full-face respirator.
  • Required to be Tuberculosis (TB) negative, submit to periodic TB testing, and a chest x-ray if a positive TB test is read.
  • Able to perform work in power plant and campus environments.
  • Employee will be required to practice the use of proper PPE when exposed to the conditions above including participating in pulmonary testing for the ability to wear respirators.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Hold and maintain an active Motor Vehicle Class D License.
  • Hold and maintain Certificate of Fitness for Fire Guard (F-60).
  • Hold and maintain Certificate of Fitness for Using Powder Activated Tools (E-21).
  • Hold and maintain Certificate of Fitness for Torch Operations (G-60).
  • Hold and maintain Certificate of Fitness To Operate and Maintain Air Compressors (A-35).
  • Hold and maintain Certificate of Fitness for City Wide Sprinkler Systems (S-12).
  • Hold and maintain Certificate of Fitness for City Wide Standpipe Systems (S-13).
  • Hold and maintain Certificate of Fitness for Standpipe for Multi-Zone Systems (S-14).
  • Hold and maintain Certificate of Fitness for Supervision of Bulk Oil Plants (P-12).
  • Hold and maintain Certificate of Fitness for Supervise Fuel-Oil Piping and Storage in Buildings (P-98).
  • Hold and maintain Certificate of Fitness for Handling, Use, and Storage of Flammable Compressed Gases (G-98).
  • Responsible for obtaining and maintaining other applicable NYC Certificates of Fitness as required by the FDNY and/or other authorities having jurisdiction.
  • Hold and maintain PBS (Petroleum Bulk Storage) Class B Operator.
  • Hold and maintain OSHA 10 Certification.
  • Hold and maintain EPA 608 Universal Technician Certification.
  • Hold and maintain two (2) of the NATE Service Specialty certifications listed below, or equivalent certification accepted by CUMVC Management.
  • Air Conditioning Service.
  • Air Distribution Service.
  • Heat Pump (Air to Air) Service.

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