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Control Mechanic

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, 02138
Facilities Management
Campus Services


Job Summary

Facilities Maintenance Operations (FMO) offers building &landscape maintenance, and custodial services to Harvard faculties and departments on a fee-for-service basis.  All services are provided in strict accordance with customer-determined standards.  As such, FMO operates as an in-house alternative to contractor services and therefore must manage itself under the same principles that guide any successful maintenance service business.

Position Description

Troubleshoot, service and repair all types of HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) control systems including but not limited to pneumatic, electric, electronic, DDC (Direct Digital Control), and general heating and cooling systems.  Installs, modifies, and repairs all types of boilers, heating and cooling systems, and auxiliary equipment.  Fabricates and installs high and low-pressure piping and ducting systems.  Interprets mechanical plans and prints and updates as necessary.  Provides responsive customer support in all phases of building maintenance and operations.  Assists and advises customers on maintenance solutions and provides follow-up on progress and status of work.  Performs other core skills of the trades and related duties as required.  May be assigned to work independently or as part of a multi-trade team under the guidance and direction of the Area Supervisor and/or Working Foreperson. 

Basic Qualifications

Five years experience in HVAC control systems installation, operation, maintenance, repair and related work.  Must have at least two years of relevant experience operating, troubleshooting and repairing Siemens DDC (Direct Digital Control) control systems. Must possess at least one of the following (or higher) current state trades licenses:  Refrigeration Technician, Journeyman Electrician, or Journeyman Pipefitter.  Technical certifications and experience may also be considered in lieu of license.  Must possess a current EPA CFC Refrigeration Transition and Recovery Certificate. Must possess a valid State driver's license and satisfactory driving history. 

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Strong knowledge of airflow and IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) issues required.  Must be able to read and interpret detailed plans, specifications, operating manuals and other written materials associated with this trade.  Must be able to effectively communicate with peers and customers. 

Technology Skills Required:

Must be able to operate direct digital controls diagnostic equipment. 

Must demonstrate proficient keyboard skills and familiarity with windows-based computing applications.

Special Requirements (and ongoing conditions of employment):

Must supply a complete set of hand tools. 

Must be willing to work in research laboratory environments and around hazardous materials. 

Required to wear/use appropriate safety clothing/equipment at all times. 

Required to properly wear a uniform and maintain a professional image at all times

Physical Requirements

Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. and lift and transport piping and equipment in excess of 200 lbs. with others.  May use chain falls and come alongs for heavier lifting.  Must be able to push and pull heavy loads as listed.  Must be able to stoop and bend for long periods of time and work on hands and knees and other awkward positions for extended periods, routinely walk to and from various buildings carrying tools, equipment and other essentials to the job site.  Ability to work alone and climb multiple sets of stairs, work of ladders, staging, lifts, and related service equipment.

Additional Information
Emergency Status Designation: Critical Operations Personnel

The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard's Vaccine & Booster Requirements. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University's COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University's "COVID-19 Vaccine Information" webpage:

Work Format Details
This position is based primarily on-campus, in Massachusetts. This may include in-person during emergency situations (if applicable). Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. Certain visa types may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.

Job Function

Department Office Location
USA - MA - Boston

Job Code
266000 Control Mechanic

Work Format

Energy & Facilities

Salary Grade


42 - Int Un Oper Engineers Loc 877

Time Status

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Harvard Medical School

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EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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