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The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoy outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
Facilities Services (FS) is a world-class organization providing exceptional services anywhere, anytime in support of the University of Washington's mission of teaching, research, and discovery. FS engages employees through LEAN practices and continuous improvement. FS includes eight departments that operate, maintain and support the University: Administration & Strategic Initiatives (AVP), Building Services Department (BSD), Campus Engineering & Operations (CE&O), Facilities Employee Services (FES), Facilities Maintenance & Construction (FMC), Finance and Business Services (FABS), Transportations Services (TS), and UW Emergency Management (EM).
Maintenance & Construction has an outstanding opportunity for a Refrigeration Mechanic.
-Under the direction of the supervisor and lead, perform skilled journey-level refrigeration mechanic work to install, repair and maintain all types of refrigeration, air-conditioning and chilled water systems. -Accomplish all work in compliance with the federal and local requirements and the UW Refrigerant Management Plan requirements. -Install, operate, repair and maintain all types of refrigeration systems, including air-conditioning, chilled water systems, and refrigeration units. -Diagnose, inspect, troubleshoot and overhaul associated electrical control circuits, temperature and pressure controls and all related refrigeration components using manuals and blueprints. -Test coils, valves and connections to determine that systems are leak proof and properly adjusted. -May develop cost estimates for installation and repairs. -Operate and maintain cooling towers, including water treatment systems. -Recharge systems with proper refrigerant when necessary. -Maintain and repair compressor units and departmental research refrigeration equipment. -Test, measure and adjust all types of heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems for most efficient performance. -Assist in developing cost effective solutions for repair and maintenance problems. -Keep leads and supervisors informed of project status and work progress, required project materials and equipment. Work with lead to discuss any proposed project changes before construction. -May instruct semi-skilled workers. -Operate machinery such as fork-lifts, scissor-lifts, and high rangers. Load and unload materials and supplies. -Operate vehicles such as UW vans and trucks to transport tools, equipment and personnel to various job sites. -Communicate and coordinate with other Facilities Services' shops and Campus Operations & Engineering Services to facilitate work. -Know and comply with occupational health and safety regulations specific to the work and conduct on the job, including Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) instructions, Hazard Review Checklists (HRCs) and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) as required. -Comply with all UW and Facilities Services policies and procedures, FMC protocols, i.e., Individual Accountability Protocols (IAP). Support all management directives and the vision and values of FMC. -Participate in and follow through with FMC process improvement initiatives, including Balanced Scorecard (BSC), incorporating metrics and Lean principles into internal work processes, and promoting employee engagement in continuous improvements and innovation. -Actively participate in meetings and training as scheduled. -Provide excellent customer service through effective, courteous and professional interactions with clients, colleagues and the campus community. -Perform other duties as assigned.
Demonstrate strong personal integrity and trustworthiness.
Possess the ability to effectively handle stressful situations and changing priorities.
Anticipate, recognize and resolve problems.
Demonstrate responsibility and accountability.
Demonstrate strong organizational skills and attention to details.
Demonstrate a positive, optimistic, success-oriented attitude.
Demonstrate professionalism which includes being tactful, civil and courteous.
Demonstrate professional work ethics.
Continuously promote a safe work environment.
Completion of a recognized apprenticeship as a refrigeration mechanic; OR full journey status as a refrigeration mechanic in a union; OR four years' applicable work experience. Vocational training may be substituted for work experience on a year-for-year basis.
Possession of current Environmental Protection Agency CertificationType Universal or Type III, or obtain this certification within 90 days of employment.
Demonstrated successful ability in taking direction, working well with others and as a member of a team.
Demonstrated excellent effective verbal and written communication skills.
Knowledge and practical experience with WISHA (Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act) and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act) regulations.
Demonstrated proficiency with standard productivity software including Microsoft Office Suite or equivalent products
Working knowledge of National Electrical Codes relevant to refrigeration work.
Working knowledge and experience working on kitchen, restaurant/food service refrigeration equipment.
Working knowledge and practical experience with cascade systems (troubleshoot, repair change compressors, evacuate and recharge).
City of Seattle Journey-Level Refrigeration License or equivalent or experience and training to qualify to obtain a City of Seattle Journey Level Refrigeration License within 90 days.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Possession of a valid Washington State Driver's License or a license recognized as valid by the State of Washington.
Regular and predictable attendance is required. May be required to accept variable work shift.
Work may require access to confined spaces and heights using approved safety precautions.
Must be able to work in a smoke-free environment.
Ability to lift and move heavy material may be required.
Approved footwear must be provided at the employee's expense and worn on the job.
Must be able to be fitted for and wear a respirator on the job.
Must participate in medical screening/monitoring (such as TB screening and proof of measles inoculation) required for work assignments in locations, including but not limited to, nonhuman primate areas, the Animal Research and Care Facility, and the University of Washington Medical Center.
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website,
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergra...duate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.