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Service & Repair Mechanic (HVAC-R)

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Department: FM&D
Local Title: Service & Repair Mechanic (HVAC-R)
Budget Title: Service & Repair Mechanic (HVAC-R)
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Categories: Maintenance & Skilled Trades


Are you looking to take your career to new heights with a leader in healthcare? SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is one of the nation's leading metropolitan medical centers. As the only academic medical center in Brooklyn, we serve a large population that is among the most diverse in the world. We are also highly-ranked by Castle Connolly Medical, a healthcare rating company for consumers, among the top 5 leading U.S. medical schools for training doctors.

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Job Summary:

The Department of Facilities Management and Development at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is seeking a full-time Service & Repair Mechanic (HVAC-R). The successful candidate will:

  • Perform required periodic maintenance and emergency repairs on refrigeration and air conditioning.
  • Inspect, test, diagnose trouble, and dismantle manufacturing systems and components.
  • Overhaul compressors, pumps, and electric motors, replacing parts as necessary.
  • Overhaul and replace control devices, calibrate and recalibrate them as necessary.
  • Rewire electrical systems of components as necessary.
  • Perform seasonal start-up and shut-down operations on air-conditioning units and systems to ensure efficient operation and to prevent freeze-ups.
  • Locate and seal leaks in both gas and brine units, removes air from lines, and replaces with proper refrigerant.
  • Install new equipment both as replacement units and new installations.
  • Study blueprints and schematic drawings to identify the location, size, and type of components.
  • Lay out reference points for the installation of components using structural measuring tools.
  • Assemble components of a system for installation following written and schematic instructions, as necessary.
  • Cut threads and connect or weld tubing to inlets and outlets of components.
  • Install control mechanism with wrenches and acetylene torches.
  • Test lines, connections, and components for leaks with a leak detector which indicates the presence of refrigerant.
  • May install electric wiring to connect components to a power source, if necessary.
  • Record temperature and pressure readings from gauges and temperature potentiometer and compares readings with manufacturer’s expectations.
  • Adjust controls to bring readings within specifications as required.

Required Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of a NYS 2-year Service & Repair Mechanic (HVAC-R) Traineeship or NYS two-year refrigeration repair and maintenance training program;
    • OR successful completion of any equivalent refrigeration two-year training or apprenticeship program;*
    • OR four (4) years of full-time experience in the mechanical or electrical trades under a skilled journey-level mechanic or electrician which would provide training equivalent to that given in an apprenticeship program, one (1) year of which must include both training and work in the operation and maintenance of commercial type refrigeration or air-conditioning equipment;
    • Apprenticeship training in the mechanical or electrical trades or training gained by completion of technical courses in the mechanical or electrical trades at a school, institute, or branch of the Armed Services may be substituted on a year-for-year basis.
  • New York State Driver's license. 

(* Successful completion of the traineeship and the training program includes a total of 288 hours of trade-specific class room instruction, 45 hours of technical math course work, 45 hours of technical communications course work, and 15 hours of blueprint/schematic reading course work. Course work must be completed with an average of “C” or better. Additionally, successful completion of the traineeship also includes 4,000 hours of on-the-job training.)

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Work Schedule:

Variable Days; 7:30am to 4:00pm

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Salary Range:

As per civil service guidelines


COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:


  An approved COVID-19 vaccination.

Executive Order:

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation.  If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction, and all other protected classes under federal or state laws.

Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please contact Human Resources at


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