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HVAC Technician, Full-time

Utah’s Hogle Zoo has an exciting opportunity for a full-time HVAC Technician in the Facilities Department.  Under direction of the Maintenance Foreman, the HVAC Technician performs journey level skills on air conditions and heating equipment. This position is responsible for calibrating, installing, troubleshooting and repairing pneumatic and electronic and digital controls.  May also perform skilled work in electrical maintenance and installation involving line voltage up to 480V, 3 phase plumbing, welding and related procedures.

Duties  and Responsibilities include:

  • Installs, monitors, repairs and services natural gas, electric furnaces and heating equipment; roof mounted and window mounted swamp coolers and building ventilation equipment; chillers, boilers and air-conditioners ranging from 1 to 100 tons cooling capacity.
  • Installs, services, repairs and troubleshoots environmental control systems in all facility or plant buildings, utilizing knowledge of refrigeration theory, pipefitting and structural layout.
  • Mounts compressor and condenser units on platform or floor, using hand tools and following blueprints or engineering specifications. Installs replacement compressors or condensers in existing equipment as needed.
  • Fabricates, assembles and installs duct work using portable metalworking tools and welding equipment. Installs evaporator unit in chassis or in air duct system. Cuts and bends tubing to correct length and shape.  Changes filters and lubing equipment.
  • Troubleshoots, installs expansion and discharge valves in circuits. Connects motors, compressors, temperature controls, humidity controls and circulating/ventilation fans to control panels and connects control panels to power source.
  • Tests systems and adds refrigerant to build up prescribed operating pressure. Tests joints and connections for gas leaks. Responsible to log report the use and reclamation of refrigerant to supervisor.
  • Replaces defective breaker controls, thermostats, switches, fuses and electrical wiring to repair installed units.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications, Skills and Abilities

  • Graduation from high school or equivalent completion of a recognized apprenticeship program in the HVAC area, or four years of increasingly responsible HVAC experience. Related education may be substituted for up to two years’ experience on a year-for-year basis.
  • Working knowledge of codes, standards, practices, materials and methods used in HVAC maintenance. Ability to read and interpret blueprints, circuit diagrams and various styles of equipment operation manuals. Knowledge of current practices for the control of corrosion in HVAC units and associated controls.
  • Possession of CFC Universal Type Certification, or must be obtained within six months of hire.
  • Possession of valid Utah State Driver’s License. Commercial, Class B Driver’s License may be required.
  • Knowledge of safety rules and hazards and application of accident prevention measures associated with the operation of maintenance equipment
  • Ability to work rotating shifts, which may include days, afternoons, graveyards, weekends and holidays.
  • Subject to Call-Out and ability to work Stand By, as scheduled.
  • Computer background preferred with experience in using a work order management system.

Ability to troubleshoot and repair the following:

  • Air handler units (both high and low pressure systems)
  • Volume air ventilation boxes (both electronic and pneumatic controlled)
  • Thermostats (pneumatics, electronic and electric-type controls)
  • Pneumatic control cabinets (including, but not limited to, sensors relays, P.E. switches, pressure controls, velocity controls, valves, actuators, differential regulars)
  • Refrigeration systems (CFC certification required for the handling and safe recovery of refrigerants (ILS.E.S). Must have a complete understanding of refrigerants , thermostatic expansion valves, cap tub systems, accumulators, filter dryers all types, liquid receivers, evaporator and condensing coils, hermetic, semi-hermetic, scroll and all other types of compressors, for their repair and proper operations. Must be able to make fast and accurate readings for superheat and temperature drop and know proper charging procedure of different Freon.
  • Gas fired furnaces (including draft high efficiency furnace with spark generators, draft safeguards, inducer motors and all types of new safety controls
  • Evaporative coolers (Arvon, Wright, Alpine-type models)
  • Electronic air cleaners for smoking rooms
  • Radiant heaters
  • Heat reclaim units
  • Incinerator, induce draft model


  • Moderately heavy physical activity. Required push, pull or lift heavy weights up to 100 pounds from 10%-15% of the work time.  Difficult working positions; may have to stand, walk or sit in uncomfortable position for extend periods and squat or crawl into small spaces under and near operation equipment to check and complete minor repairs.  May perform work in ceilings, on tops of ladders, bucket lifts, scissor lifts and roof in heights exceeding 100 feet.
  • High exposure to disagreeable elements such as dust, fumes, noise, dampness, cold heat, chemicals or grease.  Exposed to outside weather conditions year round and moderate hazards much of the time.

To Apply:

Anyone interested should  e-mail a cover letter and resume to Misty Alford,  Utah’s Hogle Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer.