Employment at ArtCenter


HVAC Mechanic III

All members of the ArtCenter (or College) community are Guardians of Mission. Each position held is an important part of carrying out the values, goals, strategic vision, and mission of the College. This includes diversity, equity, inclusion and culture.

HVAC Mechanic will perform installation and maintenance of components used in campus heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and related equipment including chilled water, refrigeration, air compressor, gas heater, air drier, fume hoods, and pumps. This position will regularly provide work direction to lower level mechanics and maintenance personnel.

Reports to: Director of Facilities; Facilities Manager

FLSA status: Non-exempt

Salary grade: 7

Job posted 11/4/2020.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Qualified applicants should send application materials to HR@artcenter.edu and  reference “HVAC Mechanic” in the subject line. Applications must include:

  1. Cover letter that addresses your interest in and how you meet the minimum requirements of the position.
  2. Current resume that includes professional certifications.
  3. Applicants responding to posted job openings are asked to include a completed employment application with the application materials listed in the job posting.

Download ArtCenter Application


  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Journeyman level license in HVAC
  • 7 years’ experience with technical building systems
  • CFC and EPA certification
  • Building Management System (BMS) experience
  • Work Order Management system experience
  • Possess a valid California Driver License and proof of insurance
  • Read, write and understand the English language to be able to interact effectively with staff, faculty, contractors and vendors
  • Knowledge of good safety practices and procedures and the ability to put them into practice
  • Ability to read and interpret building floor plans and technical manuals
  • This job requires intermediate level (journeyman/master) knowledge and skills for installing and maintaining compressors, fans, bearings, belts, dampers, motors, starters, controls, 208, 200, and 460 service, 24 volt-DC service, coils and piping
  • Ability to read prints, drawings, and schematics via paper copies and computerized software systems
  • Ability to operate machine tools, motor vehicles (may include forklift), hand/power tools, and hydraulic/pneumatic equipment
  • Ability to troubleshoot and to sequence tasks for specific assignments


Preferred Qualifications

  • Associates degree or technical degree from a recognized trade school, or equivalent experience
  • Automated Logic Controls (ALC) experience preferred

Essential Functions

HVAC Maintenance — 80%

  • Provide training and support to facilities technicians on all HVAC related repairs and PM work
  • Install, repair, replace, operate, maintain, calibrate, test, and troubleshoot mechanical, electrical, and plumbing component used in HVAC
  • Perform preventive maintenance on HVAC equipment
  • Troubleshoot pneumatic, electrical, and digital controls
  • Manage Building Automation System
  • Provide work direction to mechanics and maintenance personnel related to HVAC system installation and maintenance

Safety Compliance — 15%

  • Comply and ensure that safety and dress codes are carried out in accordance with department policies, including wearing assigned PPE
  • Attend required training sessions on assigned PPE provided by the College
  • Maintain clean and safe working environment
  • Perform daily machine clean-up and maintenance

Non-Essential — 5%

  • Perform other related duties as assigned

Mandatory Duty to Report

All employees who know or have reason to know of allegations or acts that violate ArtCenter’s Title IX Policy prohibiting discrimination, harassment, retaliation, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual violence, dating violence, and stalking shall promptly inform the Director, Title IX Compliance and Programs, or designee or the Associate Dean of Students or designee. Faculty with a mandatory duty to report are required to disclose all information including the names of the parties, even where the person has requested their name remain confidential.

Pursuant to the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), all employees who know of or have reason to suspect child abuse or neglect involving alleged victims under age 18 shall promptly inform local law enforcement or the county welfare department. 


Physical Requirements and Working Environment

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

This is a full-time position with a schedule of Monday through Friday, 6am to 2pm, with occasional overtime. This position may require flexibility to work a staggered, remote or alternate schedule to meet the demands of the work, which could include weekends or evenings.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a shop setting or small spaces, with frequent interruptions and distractions; extended periods of time using shop equipment including computers, viewing computer monitors, hand tools, saws, power tools etc.; interactions with other individuals. Due to the nature of the work environment, there is exposure to loud noises, chemicals, fumes, dust and heat with the HVAC equipment such as compressors and exhaust fans while utilizing issued safety equipment. This position may also require occasional exposure to outdoor environments, including extreme weather conditions.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an shop setting; to stand or walk for prolonged periods of time; including, bending, kneeling, crouching, reaching, squatting, and twisting; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull moderate to heavy amounts of weight (50 pounds, or team-lift up to 100 pounds); to operate office and shop equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; and to verbally communicate to exchange information. Tasks frequently involve use of ladders and scaffolding. Ability to operate large equipment, if needed such as scissor lifts, articulating booms, large forklifts, etc. Regular and consistent attendance are required for most positions.

Vision: Must be able to have the visual capacity to perform activities such as preparing and reading reports, viewing a computer terminal and other normal office work with or without correction.

Hearing: Must be able to communicate effectively in the course of normal office communication or exchange ideas with or without correction.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the employee assigned to this job; they do not purport to describe all functions. Employees may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may be changed from time to time as necessary.



ArtCenter College of Design is committed to excellence through the establishment of a diverse faculty and staff that best represents our student body and its surrounding communities. The College considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Applicants who wish to request an accommodation for a disability may contact the Human Resources Department at (626) 396-2270.