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HVAC Plumbing Mechanic I-II (4871)

Company: National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Location: Socorro
Posted on: September 20, 2023

Job Description:

National Radio Astronomy ObservatoryPosition Description: Position SummaryThe National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) is committed to maintaining the worlds most accomplished observatories while developing new technology to enable further research in radio astronomy. NRAO is recruiting a HVAC Mechanic to support the Engineering Services Division. Under direct supervision, the Maintenance Specialist installs, maintains, upgrades, repairs and controls the refrigerated and evaporative cooling systems for multiple antennas and buildings. The position is based at the VLA, 50 miles west of Socorro, New Mexico. In addition to competitive pay, NRAO provides excellent paid time off benefits (vacation and sick leave). Medical, dental and vision plans are effective first day of employment. NRAOs retirement benefit contributes an amount equal to 10 percent of a qualified participants base pay. No contribution is required of the employee; we also offer an optional supplemental, tax-deferred plan for employee retirement contributions.Job Duties SummaryResponsibilities will include, but are not limited to: Works with minimal supervision and instruction, operates, troubleshoots, repairs, and maintains coolers, refrigerators, room air conditioning units, chillers, air handlers, boilers, plumbing systems, water filtration units, water coolers, fountains, fuel oil nozzles, motors, belts, fans, and all related connections. Must be able to operate and maintain swimming pool and equipment, if required. Must be able to read schematics and blueprints to aid in the installation of HVAC and water systems and the completion of cost estimates. Operates and maintains all related electrical supplies, controllers, relays, operators, and CPUs. Operates and maintains water and wastewater treatment facilities, collection systems, and distribution systems. Takes samples and/or tests products for compliance with regulatory requirements in water and wastewater systems. Assists in determining the need for parts, contacting distributors to determine pricing, and placing orders, with supervisory approval. Records all repairs and maintenance for future reference, maintains PC database as required. Remains current with regulations and equipment to ensure code compliance with coolant industry and governing bodies. May provide minimal leadership, as required, which may include supervision of a multi-craft group. Works as part of Plant Maintenance or Engineering Services team and assists any or all other areas, as needed. Proactive compliance with NRAO and government safety policies and procedures in own work area is expected. Work EnvironmentThe VLA site is located in a remote area 7,000 feet above sea level. This position may require occasional travel to various locations within the USA or its protectorates. While performing the duties of this job, the employee works both inside and outside, day or night, near moving mechanical parts. The employee generally works at ground level, but occasionally works at heights above 100 feet. The employee must be able to climb ladders while carrying equipment and tools, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and operate a variety of tools and equipment. The employee must be able to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. The employee occasionally works in a confined or underground space and near electrical equipment. The employee will work with chemicals, such as Freon, chlorine, and other water and waste treatment chemicals. The employee must be able to work with proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when needed. Specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, color and depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.Position Requirements: Minimum EducationHigh School Diploma or GEDMinimum ExperienceMinimum of three years of experience in related field. Preferred ExperienceFive years of experience in the HVAC field. Training in industrial cooling, including EPA Freon certification required. Training in industrial heating, including oil fired or electric heat as appropriate.Physical DemandsWork typically takes place in a machine shop or other specialized shop, employees may be occasionally required to work elsewhere. Required to stand and sit; use hands to handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands or arms. Regularly works near moving mechanical parts. Occasionally is required to climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch. Able to work with a variety of chemicals. Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Must be able to communicate clearly and in writing. Specific vision requirements include close vision, distance vision, color and depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.Competency SummaryGeneral Knowledge of all construction and maintenance trades required. Additional Requirements: Preferred Journeyman Electrician and or refrigeration license or equivalent experience and CFC certification. Must have or be able to obtain the required Federal, State and Local Waste Water Treatment Plant and Public Water system Operator and CFC refrigerant certification. Additional RequirementsA valid drivers license is required by start date of employment and to be maintained. Safety SensitiveThe selected candidate must successfully pass a post-offer, pre-employment/pre-placement drug screen. Failure to pass the Screen will disqualify the candidate from employment consideration for a period of six months from the date of the results.Application Instructions: Click the Apply button below. You will need to be prepared to upload your current CV/Resume and a letter of application describing interest and suitability for the position. Equal Opportunity Employer Statement:AUI is an equal opportunity employer. Women, Minorities, Vietnam-Era Veterans, Disabled Veterans, Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply. To view our complete statement, please visit If you require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process due to a disability, you may submit your request by sending an email to PM20PI32596555-25660-c71d73350b81

Keywords: National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Albuquerque , HVAC Plumbing Mechanic I-II (4871), Engineering , Socorro, New Mexico

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