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Job #: G171
Posted Date: November 27, 2018
Closes On: Open Until Filled
Job Title: Mechanic, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (Facilities Services)
Status: Regular Full Time
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Laboratory/Department: Facility Services
The Salk Institute Facility Service department is responsible for overseeing building maintenance, ground maintenance, the interior and exterior building systems, and grounds.
Position Description:

The Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Mechanic is responsible for the full range of service, maintenance and repair on refrigeration, HVAC systems and general plumbing. The work of an Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Mechanic requires a comprehensive knowledge of refrigeration and air conditioning systems, and a good general knowledge of industrial plumbing. Incumbents in this classification must be thoroughly familiar with all safety codes and regulations related to the installation and operation of refrigeration, air conditioning, and plumbing 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 systems; perform HVAC ductwork sizing, fabrication and installation; maintain inventory and records; order parts and supplies; and train and provide work direction to skilled and semi-skilled workers.



  • High school graduate/GED or equivalent years of work experience.


  • +1 year of trade vocational education in HVAC&R.
  • Gas tungsten arc welding certificate.
  • Gas metal and flux cored arc welding certificate.
  • Shielded metal arc welding certificate.


  • +5 years of journey-level 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, dehumidifiers and duct stats as well as one year of experience in the installation and repair of central multi-zone air conditioning systems.


  • +2 years of experience in:
  1. Shielded metal arc welding (SMAW).
  2. Gas metal arc welding (GMAW).
  3. Flux cored arc welding (FCAW).
  • +2 years of experience in sheet metal fabrication.
  • +2 years of experience in machine shop operations.
Special Requirements:
  • Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment.
  • Satisfactory completion of the Institute‚Äôs background investigation.
  • Satisfactory completion of the Post-offer physical required.
  • Must be willing to sign an employee confidentiality agreement.
  • Regular, reliable, on-time attendance required.
  • Must be able to work overtime as needed.
  • Must be able to adjust regularly assigned work schedule based on workload and deadlines.
  • Must be willing to use ladders to provide access to work areas and works from heights.
  • Must be willing to maintain First Aid/CPR/AED training/certification.
  • As a safeguard for employees and animals, all FS employees may be subject to vaccines, tests, and physical exams prior to working with specific animals, as research needs dictate, including but not limited to: TB testing and measles immunization.
  • Must possess an EPA Section 608 Universal Technician Certification.
Physical Requirements:

This position requires constant seeing and touching/feeling.