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Montana State University HVAC Maintenance Technician - Air Conditioning/Refrigeration in Bozeman, Montana

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Position Information

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 23060

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Kathy Jahnke at 406-994-6774 or at

Classification Title Refrigeration Technician

Working Title HVAC Maintenance Technician - Air Conditioning/Refrigeration

Brief Position Overview

The HVAC Maintenance Technician – Air Conditioning/Refrigeration is responsible for performing maintenance, troubleshooting, and repairs of HVAC equipment across the MSU Bozeman Campus.

Position Number 4N0602

Department Facility Services

Division University Services

Appointment Type Skilled Craft

Contract Term Fiscal Year


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FLSA Non-Exempt

Union Affiliation Plumbers

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary $36.72 - $41.26 per hour

Contract Type Skilled Craft

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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

A rare opportunity to maximize technical skills and potential, while enjoying career stability. Join the MSU Bozeman team of technicians responsible for operating industry-leading technologies, including central heat pump plants and geothermal bore fields.

This position is responsible for performing maintenance, troubleshooting and repairs of refrigerant-based HVAC /R equipment across the MSU Bozeman campus. Work vehicle, tools, specialized training, clothing allowance, computer workstation, vacation, sick leave, retirement package and an excellent work environment are provided.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform maintenance and troubleshoot all types of refrigerant based HVAC systems, including some limited specialty food service and laboratory equipment.

  • Perform repairs and oversee repairs by outside contractors for specialized refrigerant based HVAC /R systems and equipment on an “as needed basis.”

  • Work individually or as a team member as job conditions demand.

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Valid Universal EPA Certification for proper handling and use of refrigerants.

  • High school diploma or equivalent plus ONE of the following:

  • Five (5) years full-time (or part-time equivalent) work experience performing maintenance, troubleshooting and repairs of HVAC equipment.

  • Successful completion of Vocational/Technical institute training (minimum of two years).

  • 1,200 hours of equivalent formal certification program training in refrigeration, air-conditioning, and/or controls.

  • Journeyman-level pipefitter-refrigeration certification or equivalent.

  • Demonstrated competence using specialized equipment of the HVAC /R industry such as welding, soldering/brazing, digital multi-meter, recovery equipment, vacuum pumps, etc.

  • Demonstrated competence using personal computers and software.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Experience working in a university, institutional or commercial environment.

  • Experience with the operation of computerized building management/controls systems.

  • Experience with computerized maintenance systems.

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Consistently exercise initiative and good judgment.

  • Provide and promote strong customer service to the campus community.

  • Communicate effectively with employees and the public both in person and other forms of communications.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relations with supervisor, coworkers, customers and the public.

  • Effectively operate and respect work-related equipment.

  • Maintain computerized records, work proficiently with computerized maintenance management systems, e-mail and other computer applications as required.

  • Be a successful team player.

  • Represent the department and MSU to others in a professional and courteous manner.

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

Must possess currently or be eligible to obtain a valid State of Montana Driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record (less than 12 points). Do NOT send a copy of the driver’s license.

This position can be hired at one of three levels:

  • Refrigeration Technician I – $36.72/hour

Staff at this level meet the minimum qualifications listed above.

  • Refrigeration Technician II – $38.92/hour

Includes the position requirements of the Refrigeration Technician I and candidate must possess enhanced technical capabilities such as ability to independently diagnose control circuits or geothermal heat pump systems. Includes general understanding of campus cooling systems such as chillers, cooling towers and closed loop systems.

  • Refrigeration Technician III – $41.26/hour

Includes position requirements of a Refrigeration Technician I and Refrigeration Technician II. Candidate can oversee programs and complex projects from start-to-finish with minimal supervision such as all aspects of chiller, cooling tower and closed loop system operation and maintenance. Includes demonstrated competence with specialty systems such as lab equipment and food service equipment, and campus geothermal energy districts. Staff must be willing and able to lead/train others in processes and procedures.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

  • Performing physical tasks associated with the operation of HVAC /R equipment, including valve operations, moving materials (package weights to 50 pounds is common), and maintenance/repair work.

  • Working under temperature extremes.

  • Ability to transverse elevated catwalks, stairs, ladders, ascending/descending manholes and crawlspaces.

  • Working with and around moving equipment such as motors, pumps and fans.

  • Troubleshooting energized equipment in a safe and qualified manner.

  • Handling and feeding water treatment chemicals and reagents.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? No

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on May 15, 2023; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

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