HVAC & Refrigeration Mechanic
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON, CA
3d ago


The HVAC&R Mechanic is assigned to the operation and maintenance of industrial, commercial and / or residential heating, ventilation and air conditioning units, specialized refrigeration systems and other related equipment on campus.

Contributes towards providing a safe, accessible, invitingly clean and comfortable, functionally enriched and well-maintained campus environment.

Assists with addressing stewardship responsibilities and promoting long-term sustainability of facilities and infrastructure, maximizing opportunities for efficient delivery of services.

Maintenance and Repair

Perform inspection, maintenance, including routine, preventive and emergency maintenance, repair and replacement of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems (HVACR equipment), including building automation systems (BAS) and devices, in an organized manner to maintain HVACR equipment in a good state of repair for maximum equipment life and efficiency with minimal downtime :

Inspecting, servicing, cleaning and maintaining HVACR equipment, including refrigeration, humidification, dehumidification, air make-

up, air handling, air-conditioning and heating systems, air makeup units, hydronic systems and boilers (up to and including 10 MBTUH), rooftop HVAC units, heat pumps, split direct expansion systems, cooling towers, heat exchangers, etc

Performing regular and preventative maintenance, as well as emergency repairs and / or replacement to HVACR equipment as required, in an organized manner to minimize downtime

Performing appropriate diagnostics and analysis to investigate and determine problems and best course of service, reparation, replacement

Maintaining and servicing food service equipment, including refrigerators and freezers, as well as laboratory equipment, including ultra-

low temperature freezers and environmental chambers

Inspecting, servicing, repairing and calibrating thermostats, humidistats, pressure switches and safety controls.

Emptying, purging, leak testing and charging of refrigeration equipment

Adjusting burners and controls on packaged rooftop HVAC units

Documenting all maintenance and inspection activities as directed by the Supervisor


Monitoring of equipment for proper operation, making adjustments as required to maintain equipment in a good state of repair for maximum equipment life and efficiency with minimal downtime

Providing feedback on equipment condition and potential replacement timelines and options

Performs facility condition inspections and writes summary reports. Provides assistance to other trades, including internal and external contractor resources.

Inspects new installations to ensure compliance with codes and standards. Provides trade / job instruction as well as work direction to other trades / classifications as required.

May coordinate work among other trades / classifications


Prepares layout of equipment and services from general information provided on work orders or drawings and produces detailed estimates and schedules necessary to complete project

Assisting with design aspects of jobs assigned if or when required to assure safety, functionality, cost, and timeline targets will be met

Assists with and coordinates the work of external service contractors / suppliers as requested

Customer Service

In conjunction with the Supervisor, coordinates preventive and demand maintenance and discretionary work assignments with clients when requested

Assists with the sourcing and requisitioning of materials, supplies and tools and support equipment / services

Health, Safety and the Environment

Performs work compliant with and otherwise follows applicable technical, health, safety and environmental legislation, regulations, codes and standards as well as University and departmental policy, procedures and safe work practices, including supervisory instructions

Maintains current trade, environmental and health and safety certifications in the areas required to perform the functions of the position


  • Performs other related duties and responsibilities as assigned and supports departmental activities, including performing work of other classifications within scope of trade practice, level of incumbent’s capability / competency / skills, and / or regulatory requirements.
  • May perform work of a lower classification / pay band


    Minimum of an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent.

    Certified HVACR mechanic possessing a valid, current Provincial Certificates of Qualification (Ontario 313A and Ontario TSSA G1) and current Ozone Depletion Prevention certification (ODP)

    Brazing certificate is an asset

    Requires a minimum of five (5) years recent experience as a heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanic.

    Work experience within major institutional sector(s), such as education, post-secondary education, medical / hospital, may be preferred

    Must possess a Provincial Certificate of Apprenticeship (Ontario or approved equivalent). Boiler, hydronic system and air make-

    up unit experience required. Variable refrigerant volume (VRV) / variable refrigerant flow (VRF) experience would be an asset

    In-depth working knowledge of :

    Able to install, test, troubleshoot and service refrigeration equipment as well as gas-fired equipment installed as part of integrated HVAC systems

    Able to prepare reports, maintain accurate service records, read and interpret blueprints, control diagrams and drawings and do material take-offs is required

    Strong communication, oral and written, organizational and interpersonal skills

    Safety conscious and service-oriented worker with a positive work attitude and ability to work independently and interdependently within a team

    Good problem solving skills

    Computer literate and comfortable with the use of Microsoft Office applications

  • Physical demands are typical of an industrial environment; walking, standing, climbing up / down ladders, bending, crouching, stooping, reaching, lifting and carrying light (up to 5kg or 11lb), medium (5-
  • 20kg or 11-44lb), and / or heavy (over 20kg or 44lb) objects, pushing, pulling, working in an awkward position and / or maintaining one position for long periods of time, exposure to machine noise, and potential for injury

  • May involve exertion of physical or sensory effort resulting in moderate fatigue, moderate strain or risk of injury
  • May involve exposure to hazardous or unpleasant environmental conditions such as accessing and working in confined spaces and / or in awkward positions, accessing and working at heights, exposure to electrical, mechanical, chemical, noise and other hazardous materials, odours, extreme temperatures and adverse weather conditions.
  • Exposure to hazards managed through administrative controls, including PPE and appropriate safe work procedures

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