HVAC Technician – Watertown Public Schools


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Watertown Public Schools
Watertown, MA

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Job Details
Job ID: 3920352
Application Deadline: June 29, 2022
Posted: June 8, 2022
Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description
Position: HVAC Technician
Department: Public Buildings
Reports to: Director of Public Buildings
Affiliation: SEIU Local 888
Salary range: Per CBA Salary Schedule ($60K – $70K)
Approved by: Superintendent of Schools

SUMMARY: The HVAC technician provides heating, ventilation and air conditioning support to the Director; responsible for performing skilled level HVAC work in the installation, alteration, maintenance, and repair of HVAC systems and equipment in accordance with standards practice of the HVAC trade to the school and town’s public buildings. Performs other related work or other maintenance requirements as required.

This job requires initiative, organizational problem solving skills, and the ability to acquire knowledge of program operations, policies and procedures. Incumbents are expected to work independently and carry out HVAC work and facility management details without requiring the immediate attention of an administrator(s).

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The essential functions or duties listed below are illustrations of the type of work that is performed and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for by this position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Installs, alters, maintains, and repairs HVAC systems, components and equipment, such as air distributions systems, pumps, motors, fan coils, pipping etc and appliances to ensure a comfortable environment for teaching and learning.
  • Inspect HVAC systems, equipment, and components (e.g. heating units, building exhaust fans, and ventilation units) to identify hazards, defects, and the need for adjustment or repair to ensure compliance with codes.
  • Fabricates equipment parts for the purpose of meeting specialty needs and/or replacing unavailable parts.
  • Analyzes and adjusts pneumatic control systems, Metasys by Johnson Controls and Building Automation systems (BAS) and controls.
  • Performs routine and preventative maintenance needs for the purpose of ensuring the ongoing functioning of HVAC systems.
  • Monitors, documents and files information on preventive maintenance HVAC equipment and machinery.
  • Diagnoses/Trouble-shoot malfunctioning systems, apparatus, and components, using test equipment and hand tools, to locate the cause of a breakdown and correct the problem.
  • Understands and can edit one line diagrams for controls.
  • Locates and adjusts defects in HVAC systems, equipment and controls.
  • Maintains accurate inventory of all equipment and HVAC resources.
  • Estimates labor or material costs/amounts from blueprints or work plans.
  • Expresses ideas on technical problems clearly and concisely orally and in writing in the English language.
  • Complies with laws and regulations regarding safety and adhere to all safety guidelines.
    Complies with state codes, fire codes and OSHA.
  • Complies with all Rules and Regulations from local, state, or federal guidelines.
  • Advises management on whether continued operation of equipment could be hazardous.
  • Uses and cares for hand tools and equipment necessary to perform various HVAC repairs tasks.
  • Respond to emergencies outside normal work hours.
  • Performs emergency work; responds to emergencies.
  • Must be able to work on HVAC systems independently, as well as with a group of other technicians.
  • Coordinates with custodian staff and other trades for the purpose of completing projects and work orders efficiently.
  • Performs other similar or related work as required, or as situation dictates.
  • Maintains current HVAC licenses or identification card to meet governmental regulations.
  • Performs additional job-related maintenance duties as assigned by the Director of Public Buildings.


QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. The Superintendent may waive or modify the qualification requirements. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


SKILLS are required to perform multiple tasks with a need to periodically upgrade skills in order to meet changing job conditions. Specific skill-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: operating standard office equipment including using pertinent software applications; applying district and program policies and procedures; planning and managing projects; preparing and maintaining accurate records; and troubleshooting and problem-solving skills. Must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily, with or without reasonable accommodation.

KNOWLEDGE is required to perform basic math, including calculations using fractions, percent’s, and/or ratios; read technical information, compose a variety of documents, and/or facilitate group discussions; and solve practical problems. Specific knowledge based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: a thorough knowledge of the tools, techniques and procedures used to maintain HVAC equipment; knowledge of air compressors for pneumatics, knowledge of Building automation systems; knowledge of hand and power tools.

ABILITY to operate and maintain motor equipment, power tools and hand tools; ability to interact in an effective manner with fellow employees, managers, and other departments; ability to read and understand all instructions and diagrams for the installation of equipment; ability to respond and act quickly in emergencies to minimize down time due to equipment failure.

Flexibility is required to independently work with others in a wide variety of circumstances; work with data utilizing defined but different processes; and operate equipment using defined methods. Ability is also required to work with a diversity of individuals and/or groups; work with data of varied types and/or purposes; and utilize specific, job-related equipment. Problem solving is required to analyze issues and create action plans. Problem solving with data requires independent interpretation of guidelines; and problem solving with equipment is limited. Specific ability-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: communicating with diverse groups; maintaining confidentiality; adapting to changing work priorities; and meeting deadlines and schedules.


Education: High school or vocational school diploma, with advanced technical training

Additional Requirements:

  • Valid Massachusetts Driver’s License
  • Refrigeration Technician License
  • CFC/EPA Certification
  • Basic Computer skills (Microsoft office, email, and database entry)


  • Job related experience with increasing level of responsibility desired
  • Minimum of two years of relevant experience (five years preferred)
  • Trouble shooting experience a must
  • Freon handling certificate preferred
  • Experience/knowledge in pneumatic HVAC controls
  • Experience/knowledge of HVAC construction and maintenance
  • Experience/knowledge of occupational hazards and necessary safety precautions
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience

Clearances: Criminal Justice/Fingerprint Clearance

The usual and customary methods of performing the job’s functions require the following physical demands: Moderate to strenuous physical effort is required to perform duties. The employee is frequently required to use hands to operate equipment, walk, stand, speak and hear, reach with hands and arms, balance, crouch, crawl, stoop, and climb. Stamina is required to work in adverse weather conditions; required to work in confined spaces and lift or move items weighing up to 60, and sometimes more than 100, pounds. Physical ability is required to use HVAC equipment, power and hand tools, lifts and use heavy equipment. Vision requirements include the ability to read and analyze documents, use a computer and operate a motor vehicle. The job is performed in a generally hazard free environment.

Most tasks require visual perception and discrimination and the ability to distinguish color. The employee must be able to input information into a computer and as well as read material from a computer monitor as well as printed matter with or without visual aids. The employee must be able to communicate effectively other staff members in order to exchange accurate information.

The noise level in this environment is quiet to loud depending on the activity and the particular part of the day and location. The employee interacts with other staff members and occasionally must meet multiple demands from several people.

Work is performed indoors and some outdoors work, with exposure to adverse weather conditions; frequently required to work in proximity to high voltage power sources, work in confined spaces and in high places. The employee is required to respond to weather-related emergencies.

The employee operates standard office equipment, HVAC equipment, hand, pneumatic and power tools, trucks and light equipment. The employee must be able to drive to various buildings within the district throughout the day.

Errors in decisions could result in injury to others, delay or loss of service, damage to buildings or equipment, monetary loss, and legal repercussions.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and is subject to change by the employer, as the needs of the employer and the requirements of the job change.

Welcome to Watertown Public Schools!
The Watertown Public Schools offers a unique learning environment that is intellectually rigorous and nurturing with small, responsive classrooms designed to ignite creativity, while empowering student resilience and confidence. Located in the greater Boston area, the Watertown Public Schools currently has 2608 students enrolled in its preK-12 program within the Early Steps Preschool, three elementary schools, Watertown Middle School and Watertown High School. Watertown students explore and shape the world around through a variety of innovative learning experiences and opportunities in a public school setting. Our student body is diverse, reflecting the ever-changing demographics of our community and our nation.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Watertown Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws.

Job Requirements

  • At least 2 years of relevant experience preferred
  • High School/Trade School degree preferred
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

Contact Information
Jim Kane, Director of Public Buildings
30 Common Street
Watertown, MA 02472
Phone: 617-924-0421
Email: james.kane@watertown.k12.ma.us

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