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Rockefeller University Mechanic I | Plant Operations HVAC Shop in New York, New York

Organization Overview

Plant Operations offers comprehensive services at The Rockefeller University, including a full range of building trades services which are responsible for routine maintenance and minor/major space alterations, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, HVAC, grounds maintenance, locksmith, custodial, moving, and setup services.


The Mechanic I, under general direction will perform semi-skilled and skilled work in the operation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilation, refrigeration, and air conditioning systems. Will lead and instruct building maintenance workers in the performance of routine maintenance of HVAC equipment, design and install new small to medium-sized HVAC systems.


The Mechanic I's responsibilities include the following:

  • Repairing piping, ductwork, changing motor bearings, and pump seals

  • Repairing and maintaining boilers, pipes, thermostats, air filters, pumps, waste and oil pressure indicators, blower fans, belts, and bearings

  • Operating computerized heating and cooling equipment for large, complex systems at centralized and decentralized building plants

  • Troubleshooting, diagnosing, repairing, and reprogramming buildings' electric, electronic, and pneumatic controls by reading schematics and using computer energy management software

  • Perform data entry related to preventative maintenance, and calculate the amount of Freon used in air conditioning systems

  • Other job duties may be assigned as needed


High School diploma or equivalent required. Must have a minimum of three to five years of journey-level experience operating, maintaining, and repairing ventilating and air conditioning equipment or a combination of training, education, and experience equivalent to the employment standard listed above. Must be able to read blueprints and operating manuals, troubleshoot and solve HVAC/R problems, understand electric and building management systems such as Siemens, Honeywell, and Auto-Matrix, and be able to soft solder and braze as well as charge and recover refrigerants from different systems such as EPA type 1 recovery. Must be able to work in confined spaces and elevated temperatures, meet established attendance standards, work on ladders, scaffolds, and sit, stand, and walk for momentary to extended periods. Must have the ability to work safely with hazardous materials. Will be required to work as necessary during disaster situations (before, during, or after a disaster) and may be required to stay after workday to assist after a disaster situation until relief arrives. Must be able to move, push, pull, or lift equipment, materials, and tools weighing more than 50 lbs., climb extension ladders, work overhead, and balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, and move within confined areas, including crawl and attic spaces. Must be able to sustain considerable physical effort at frequent intervals, work both inside and outside, and operate power tools and equipment. Will be required to work evenings, weekends, and holidays when necessary.

Rockefeller University does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service or other non-merit factor. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to the characteristics listed above.

The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on various factors, including but not limited to organizational budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The hiring range provided represents The Rockefeller University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Compensation Range: Min

USD $45,000.00/Yr.

Compensation Range: Max

USD $60,000.00/Yr.

Job Locations US-NY-New York

Category Building and Grounds Maintenance

Position Type Regular Full-Time