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Job No. 539655 Supervising HVAC Technician

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Work type: Staff
Location: Bakersfield
Categories: Unit 6 - Teamsters Local 2010, Custodial/Facilities, Probationary, On-site (work in-person at business location)
Position Description

CLASSIFICATION TITLE: Supervising Building Services Engineer


FT/PT: Full-time     

PAY PLAN: 12-month    

WORKPLACE TYPE: On-site (work in-person at business location).


  • However, offer amount will be commensurate with candidate’s experience, education, skills, and training.


PAY BASIS:  Monthly    

BENEFITS: CSUB offers a best-in-class benefit package for eligible employees that includes an array of medical plans, choice of dental plans, vision coverage, retirement participation in CalPERS, CSU tuition waiver, up to 24 vacation days per year, sick leave with unlimited accrual, 14 paid holidays per year and more!  See our benefits website for additional information.

CANDIDATES ELIGIBLE TO APPLY: Open to all qualified applicants.


  • FOR PRIORITY CONSIDERATION, applications must be received by May 31, 2024; however, the position will remain open until filled.
  • Incumbent must possess a valid CA driver’s license or ability to obtain by date of hire, and successfully pass a pre-employment physical exam and background check.

POSITION PURPOSE: Within the Business and Administrative Services Division, Facilities Management is responsible for creating and maintaining an environment that enables faculty and staff to fulfill the educational mission of California State University, Bakersfield through the continued maintenance of campus facilities and grounds, by providing services in a reasonable and timely manner, and by maintaining a quality-oriented organization geared toward the enhancement of the educational environment.

Under general supervision of the Facilities Operations Manager, the Supervising Building Services Engineer is responsible for supervising and leading one or more small groups or crews of skilled and semi-skilled workers involving the installation, operations, maintenance, and repair of mechanical systems including heating, ventilation, refrigeration, air conditioning, power, water, and sewer systems and equipment as it relates to HVAC and/or mechanical systems throughout campus. In addition, the Supervising Building Services Engineer plans and coordinates projects and installs, maintains, services, inspects and makes repairs to the mechanical, electrical, electronic and digital controls associated with HVAC and refrigeration equipment/systems and related building automation systems, either in a centralized plant or in decentralized centers across a college or university campus.


Leadership, Planning. and Project Coordination

  • Provide supervisory leadership and project coordination for assigned trades workers and skilled and semi-skilled works by assigning and reviewing work and providing technical leadership and direction on the interpretation and use of blueprints, drawings, plans, and specifications to the work crew.
  • Provide on-the-job training and instructions to workers in trade and safety practices as needed.
  • Provide written input on performance evaluations and prepare and issue written or oral work directives.
  • Inspect completed work of assigned staff to ensure it follows specifications, special instructions, and sound trade practices.
  • Consult and interact with campus staff, faculty, and administrators to plan and coordinate projects.
  • Coordinate work schedules and work assignments to meet the overall construction/modification objectives.
  • Monitor sequencing of work, ensuring the availability of required materials and equipment.
  • Collaborate with engineering and design professionals and interpret complicated plans and drawings. 
  • Analyze operations, preparing cost and time estimates for materials and ordering parts and supplies.

HVAC Repairs/Maintenance

  • Analyze the efficiency of campus refrigeration and air conditioning systems and recommend action for improvement.
  • Diagnose problems in the distribution of air to individual rooms and buildings and make necessary adjustments.
  • Install, troubleshoot, calibrate, service, repair and maintain refrigeration and HVAC systems, equipment, instruments, and controls using electrical, electronic, pneumatic or digitally controlled systems.
  • Locate and diagnose malfunctions using a wide variety of test equipment and instruments.
  • Maintain and service tools and equipment used in the performance of duties.
  • Oil, clean, adjust, overhaul, and repair motors, condensers, compressors, oil and vacuum pumps, and similar equipment.
  • Participate in the maintenance and operations of applicable heating and air conditioning systems and 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.
  • Respond to service requests timely.
  • Responsibility for the full range of service, maintenance and repair on more complex refrigeration and associated HVAC systems and equipment.
  • Use building automation system to diagnose and troubleshoot problems in HVAC and refrigeration system.


  • Maintain records and logs and computerized maintenance management systems, including accounting for labor, materials and purchasing.
  • Prepare standard and complex reports.
  • Retrieve data related to work performed using manual and/or computerized record-keeping systems.


  • Perform all work in accordance with established safety procedures and maintain a safe and clean work environment.
  • Provide a high level of inspection to ensure appropriate building codes and safety codes are met.
  • Follow all safety procedures relating to exposure of hazardous materials.


EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE – Three (3) or more years of experience working as a journey-level crafts worker in one or more applicable mechanical or related trades, including one to two (2) years in a lead/supervisory capacity.


  • Possession of a certification in the use of refrigerants.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain by date of hire.


  • Regular and reliable attendance is required.
  • Through knowledge of effective supervisory practices and techniques.
  • Working knowledge of job design and work sequencing related to renovation and installation projects. Ensure work is performed in sequence. 
  • Thorough knowledge of the applicable state and federal safety codes and regulations pertaining to mechanical and HVAC systems.
  • Possesses journey-level skills in a mechanical and/or related HVAC trade.
  • Ability to maintain currency in applicable industrial safety orders and regulations pertaining to facilities, HVAC, and related equipment.
  • Ability to plan and direct the work of skilled crafts workers and semi-skilled workers. Ability to determine and coordinate staffing, material, and equipment needs for multiple jobs and projects.
  • Ability to perform basic design work, read blueprints and work from plans and specifications, prepare rough sketches, and read and interpret complex operating manuals.
  • Ability to provide direction on the interpretation and use of blueprints, drawings, plans, and specifications to the work crew.
  • Ability to analyze and respond appropriately to emergency situations.
  • Ability to ensure accuracy and maintenance of assigned record-keeping systems. Ability to prepare complex reports and perform arithmetic calculations as required by the position.
  • Thorough knowledge of high- and low-pressure boilers, and heating, pneumatic, ventilating, air conditioning, refrigeration, and other mechanical equipment.
  • Through knowledge of the methods, tools, and materials used in the operations, maintenance, and repair of such equipment.
  • Ability to devise and control air distribution efficiently with maximum comfort. Ability to diagnose and repair major malfunctions in the complex multi-zone air conditioning systems.
  • Ability to diagnose and repair the full range of refrigeration equipment including centrifugal and absorber equipment and/or screw, scroll and reciprocating refrigeration equipment.
  • Ability to accurately estimate materials and labor cost of standard plumbing maintenance and repair work.
  • Thorough knowledge of electrical voltage, plumbing refrigeration, electrical and plumbing codes, thermodynamics, and automated energy/environmental management systems.
  • Thorough knowledge of the operation of building automation systems.
  • Ability to maintain records and retrieve data related to work performed using manual and/or computerized record-keeping systems.
  • Strong ability to use judgment and discretion in determining the methods and priorities of work orders.
  • Ability to perform skilled electrical and plumbing work.
  • Demonstrated customer service experience requiring a very high level of diplomacy and professionalism.
  • Ability to use tact and diplomacy to effectively handle a broad range of high level and sensitive interpersonal situations with diverse personalities, and to respond appropriately to conflicts and problems.
  • Ability to initiate, establish, and foster communication and teamwork by maintaining a positive, cooperative, productive work atmosphere in the University with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within a diverse population and with those from various cultural backgrounds.
  • Excellent communication skills; ability to effectively communicate information in a clear and understandable manner, both verbally and in writing.
  • Thorough knowledge of English grammar, spelling and punctuation.
  • Ability to interpret, communicate and apply policies and procedures.
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills with the ability to set own priorities to coordinate multiple assignments with fluctuating and time-sensitive deadlines.
  • Excellent computer skills and competence with a variety of computer applications including word-processing, spreadsheets, databases, on-line systems, Internet as well as online calendaring and email.
  • Working knowledge of or ability to quickly learn University infrastructure.
  • Must be willing to travel and attend training programs off-site for occasional professional development.
  • Must be able to work overtime, occasional holidays, and adjust working hours to meet special jobs.  May be called back periodically to perform work as needed on an emergency basis.


  • Five (5) or more years of 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.
  • Five (5) or more years of experience in the installation and repair of central multi-zone air conditioning systems.
  • Five (5) or more years of experience at a journey-level skill equivalent to that acquired through the completion of a refrigeration or air conditioning mechanic’s apprenticeship program.
  • Demonstrated skills in a college or university environment utilizing a customer-oriented and service-centered attitude.
  • Project Planning and Coordination Experience.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: HEAVY WORK – 50% or more of the activities involve walking, standing, squatting, kneeling, or climbing; lifting heavy weight objects which may exceed 50 pounds. Working on ladders at varying heights. Occasional stooping, kneeling. Repeated bending. Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate grounds equipment and tools. Repetitive use of wrists and/or hands. Ability to maintain balance. Reaching overhead, horizontally and above the shoulders. Rapid mental/muscular coordination. Verbal, auditory, and written capabilities to effectively communicate in an articulate manner. Accurate depth perception. Clarity of vision at varying distances to see small details and have color vision/distinguish shades.


  • Is exposed to excessive noise.
  • Is around moving machinery.
  • Is exposed to marked changes in temperature and/or humidity.
  • Is exposed to dust, dirt, oil/grease, fumes, gases, pollen, or radiation, microwave.
  • Drives motorized equipment.
  • Works in confined quarters.
  • Works in high places.
  • Other: May work with Asbestos.


SCREENING: Only those applicants possessing experience most directly related to the immediate needs of the office will be invited to appear before a Qualifications Appraisal Board for the purpose of appraising training, experience, and interest in the position.

BACKGROUND CHECK: Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment.  CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

SENSITIVE POSITION: Sensitive positions are designated by the CSU as requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position, based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of the people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to the CSU or individuals in the university community.


GENERAL INFORMATION: It is the policy of California State University, Bakersfield to hire only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. All new employees will be required to present documentation verifying their right to accept employment.  You will also be requested to present a social security card at the time of initial appointment in compliance with state payroll regulations. State regulations require that every state employee sign the Oath of Allegiance prior to commencing the duties of his/her State employment, except legally employed non-citizens. These individuals are required to sign the Declaration of Permission to Work.

EEO STATEMENT: California State University, Bakersfield is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity. Applicants will be considered without regard to gender, race, age, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability or covered veteran status.


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