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Service & Repair Mechanic (HVAC-R)

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Department: FM&D
Local Title: Service & Repair Mechanic (HVAC-R)
Budget Title: Service & Repair Mechanic (HVAC-R)
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Categories: Maintenance & Skilled Trades


Are you looking to take your career to new heights with a leader in healthcare? SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is one of the nation's leading metropolitan medical centers. As the only academic medical center in Brooklyn, we serve a large population that is among the most diverse in the world. We are also highly-ranked by Castle Connolly Medical, a healthcare rating company for consumers, among the top 5 leading U.S. medical schools for training doctors.

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Job Summary:

The Department of Facilities Management & Development at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is seeking a full-time Service & Repair Mechanic (HVAC-R).

Service & Repair Mechanics (HVAC-R) are responsible for journey level work in the operation, maintenance, repair, and installation of heating, refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment. This includes overhauling compressors, pumps and electric motors, replacing parts and controls, and installing new equipment. A facility should have 150 tons of refrigeration equipment counting units of three tons or more, walk-in coolers and similar commercial type installations before a Service & Repair Mechanic (HVAC-R) is classified for that facility. All positions are in the non-competitive jurisdictional class.

Illustrative Tasks

Performs required periodic maintenance and emergency repairs on heating, refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment.

  • Inspects, tests, diagnoses trouble and dismantles malfunctioning systems and components.
  • Overhauls compressors, pumps and electric motors, replacing parts as necessary.
  • Overhauls and replaces control devices, calibrating and recalibrating them as necessary.
  • Rewires electrical systems of components as necessary.
  • Performs seasonal start-up and shut-down operations on air-conditioning units and systems to ensure efficient operation and to prevent freeze-ups.
  • Locates and seals leaks in both gas and brine units, removes air from lines and replaces with proper refrigerant.

Installs new equipment both as replacement units and new installations.

  • Studies blueprints and schematic drawings to identify the location, size and type of components.
  • Lays out reference points for the installation of components using structural measuring tools.
  • As necessary assembles components of system for installation following written and schematic instructions.
  • Mounts compressors, condensers and other components in specified locations.
  • Cuts, threads and connects or welds tubing to inlets and outlets of components.
  • Installs control mechanisms with wrenches and acetylene torches.
  • Tests lines, connections and components for leaks with leak detector which indicates the presence of refrigerant.
  • May install electric wiring to connect components to power source.
  • Records temperature and pressure readings from gauges and temperature potentiometer and compares readings with manufacturer's specifications.
  • Adjusts controls to bring readings within specifications as required.

As assigned, supervises and trains Service & Repair Assistants (HVAC-R), Plant Utilities Assistants, and other trades positions in the repair and maintenance of refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment.

  • Assigns work to staff providing oral and written instructions and diagrams as necessary.
  • Demonstrates proper methods and procedures for performing work.
  • Observes and inspects work in progress and at its completion to insure work is properly done.
  • Performs journey level work as required.

As required, operates a motor vehicle to transport material, equipment and personnel to job sites around a State facility.

Required Qualifications:

  • Non-Competitive: Successful completion of a NYS two-year Service & Repair Mechanic (HVAC-R) Traineeship or NYS two-year refrigeration repair and maintenance training program;
    • OR successful completion of any equivalent refrigeration two-year training or apprenticeship program;*
    • OR four (4) years of full-time experience in the mechanical or electrical trades under a skilled journey-level mechanic or electrician which would provide training equivalent to that given in an apprenticeship program, one (1) year of which must include both training and work in the operation and maintenance of commercial type refrigeration or air-conditioning equipment. Apprenticeship training in the mechanical or electrical trades or training gained by completion of technical courses in the mechanical or electrical trades at a school, institute, or branch of the Armed Services may be substituted on a year-for-year basis.
  • When required to operate motor vehicles, candidates must possess a valid New York State driver's license appropriate for the type of vehicle to be operated.

* (Successful completion of the traineeship and the training program includes a total of 288 hours of trade-specific class room instruction, 45 hours of technical math course work, 45 hours of technical communications course work, and 15 hours of blueprint/schematic reading course work. Course work must be completed with an average of “C” or better. Additionally, successful completion of the traineeship also includes 4,000 hours of on-the-job training.)

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Work Schedule:

Variable Days; 7:00am to 4:00pm (Full-Time)

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Salary Range:

As per civil service guidelines

  • Hire Rate: $48,956 Base Salary plus $3,087 Location Pay

Executive Order:

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation.  If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction, and all other protected classes under federal or state laws.

Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please contact Human Resources at


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