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HVAC Specialist I

University of Central Florida Alafaya Full-Time
$42,367.00/ year
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At the University of Central Florida, we dream big. Founded in 1963, UCF has grown to be one of the largest universities in the nation for a very good reason: We harness the power of scale in innovative ways to transform the lives of our students and create lasting impact on the world at large.


The Facilities Operations Department invites well qualified candidates to apply for the position of HVAC Specialist I. Duties of this position include but are not limited to:


  • Performs preventive maintenance on all HVAC mechanical systems and related equipment in order to ensure continuous operation and prevent equipment interruptions through pro-active and scheduled maintenance.
  • Installs new or reconditioned mechanical or HVAC equipment to maintain a safe, functional, clean, efficient, and attractive living and learning environment.
  • Performs repairs through proper troubleshooting of complex HVAC systems. Performs work as scheduled by the work order system. Contacts the originator of the work order to discuss the progress of the work and anticipated completion date.  Monitors the progress of the work and ensures timely completion of the work in order to exceed customer expectations. Ensures that all repairs of refrigerant systems are following the Environmental Protection Agency regulations.
  • Minor repairs include but are not limited to complex corrective and planned maintenance on basic pneumatic air systems, compressors electrical controls, appliances, cooling towers, boiler soft water systems, hot water tanks, steam converters, hot and chilled water pumps and related piping, chilled water fan coil units, air handlers, variable air volume units, direction expansion (dx) units from 1 to 10 tons, window air conditioning units, ice machines, exhaust fans, ventilated systems and related equipment.
  • Complete work orders in timely manner. Record labor hours, action code, shop stock, and trade notes. Indicate in the trade notes work performed, any special conditions or situation that requires further attention. Report to the supervisor any condition needing attention. Change the work order status.
  • Other duties assigned by the Supervisor on duty.  May be asked to support other Facilities & Operation areas in times of Personnel shortages or emergencies. Act as a lead person during supervisor's absence.
  • Fulfill all work requests as assigned through the CMMS system. Perform all routine tasks as identified in the worker class specification.
  • In absence of the supervisor, is responsible for execution and coordination of all zone tasks, duties, and staff assigned for the completion of routine job assignments, restorative projects, and/or the fulfillment of all CMMS work requests.
  • Assists in maintaining a system of internal controls which provide reasonable assurance that unit operations are effective and efficient, unit assets are safeguarded, and the unit complies with applicable laws, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures.
  • Assists the supervisor in the planning of projects to assure sanitation and maintenance of zone. Participates in the coaching/counseling of zone staff and assists in ensuring team morale and motivation. Trains all employees on Standard Operating Procedures. Ensures assigned employees are at work on time and actively engaged in assigned work. Work with the appropriate stakeholders and/or leaders to inform and assist in the scheduling of utility and equipment shutdowns and/or area closures required to complete the project. Maintain committed schedule completion dates and standardized productivity levels. Reports any discrepancies.
  • Review all work orders assigned to the zone. Assists in maintaining and entering accurate data into the CMMS that are related to work status, pertinent details, costs (labor/materials), dates, time, invoices, images, actions performed to correct the issue, etc. Ensure that all life safety and urgent work orders are responded to in an expedited manner. Demonstrate a keen understanding of the interdepartmental responsibilities and capabilities as well as a familiarization of university and customer needs and goals, in order to guide customers and validate work. Provide quality checks to ensure products and services produced by the organization meet current UCF standards and adhere to the process guide. Participates in the unit Quality Assurance (QA) and Audit program. Attend and participate in university, departmental, and unit meetings.

UCF offers competitive pay consummate with experience and a variety of employee benefits including health insurance, vision insurance, and dental insurance. Additionally, full-time employees may be allowed to enroll for up to six (6) credit hours of eligible instruction per term on a space-available basis without payment of tuition.

For additional information, please reference the following link: https://hr.ucf.edu/prospective-employees/insurance

Job #: 497701

Open Date: June 28, 2019

Closing Date: July 11, 2019

Annual Salary: $42,367 to Negotiable

Minimum Qualifications:

Completion of an approved apprenticeship program in heating, ventilation and/or air conditioning; or a high school diploma and 2 years of relevant experience.

The UCF policy requires completion and passing of a physical exam for this position.



  • Ability to delegate, train, coach, lead, motivate, and ensure cohesiveness in a diverse work environment.
  • Ability to comprehend reports, inspections, and documentation pertinent to the unit.
  • Demonstrate ability to maintain confidentiality and address sensitive matters appropriately and efficiently.
  • Ability to assess material needs, order, and sustain accurate and sufficient inventories.
  • Demonstrates ability to ensure that work productivity and service meet UCF quality assurance standards.
  • Able to interpret, follow and/or provide instructions.

Special Instructions:

This position requires a Class E driver's license.

If you are selected as the final candidate for an employment opportunity, both your position and salary will be significantly based upon the information that you have provided in your application for employment. We urge you to please take the time to complete the application in its entirety.

Please Note:  Applicants MUST apply through www.ucf.edu/jobs .  No paper applications, resumes, cover letters or emails will be accepted or considered for this Staff position.  Cover letters, resumes, and other documents can be attached through the www.ucf.edu/jobs website.

Your assistance with the University of Central Florida’s Affirmative Action Plan implementation is appreciated.  The University collects VOLUNTARY declarations of race and gender and uses the information to compile statistics on recruitment success.  If you choose to assist, your demographic information will be used only for affirmative action.

The University of Central Florida is an equal opportunity, equal access, and affirmative action employer.


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UCF is an emerging pre-eminent research university in Florida and one of
the largest universities in the U.S. But we’re not just bigger — we’re
better. We’re one of the best colleges when it comes to quality, access,
impact and value. In fact, Forbes has named UCF one of the nation’s most affordable colleges, while both The Princeton Review and Kiplinger’s rank us a best-value university.

Founded in 1963, UCF and its 13 colleges offer more than 212 degrees from UCF’s
main campus, hospitality campus, health sciences campus, online and through its
10 regional locations. The 1,415-acre main campus is 13 miles east of downtown Orlando and adjacent to one of the top research parks in the nation. Regional campuses are located throughout Central Florida and include a fully 
accredited College of Medicine in the Medical City at Lake Nona.

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