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Air Conditioning Equipment Mechanic

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Garland
Posted on: June 9, 2021

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The incumbent to this position is a fully journeyman level air conditioning mechanic, who has a universal certification certificate covered by section 608 of the clean air act for the purpose of proper refrigerant usage. Certificate must be from an EPA approved agency. Incumbent is responsible for the complete maintenance, repair, PMI, trouble shooting, installation of all air moving-conditioning and refrigeration equipment located within this facility.

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As an Air-Conditioning Equipment Mechanic. You will be responsible for installing, troubleshooting, performing preventative maintenance and repairing all HVAC&R (heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration) equipment and controls. Your duties can include but are not limited to the following:

  • Performs complex repairs such as installing fitting connecting rods, crank shafts, piston rings, bearings and bushings, overhauling valves by adjusting or replacing gaskets, springs, floats, diaphragms, valve fittings, seals, and couplings; and aligning motors and flywheel drives.
  • Calculates airflow and pressure-temperature characteristics for different systems; locates and repairs faulty equipment swiftly in order to reduce inoperative time to a minimum; locates trouble before dismantling, and makes repairs which insure proper functioning after assembly.
  • Checks out the refrigeration cycle of a variety of commercial and industrial systems to locate and check element such as those that control low side and high side pressure; the temperature of the cooling units; the temperatures of the liquid and suction lines; and the running time of the various mechanisms. Examines equipment components visually and audibly for the probability of leaks and performs prescribed test procedures; and explores probable reasons for equipment failure.
  • Identifies faulty equipment causes and makes repairs on large systems that provide for a variety of air conditioning functions such as heating, cooling, humidifying, dehumidifying, cleaning, filtering and circulating. These systems use a variety of methods of air conditioning such as mechanical compression, vapor compression, absorption, and steam jet or air cycle.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Alternate schedules may be necessary to meet the needs of the organization.)

Position Description Title/PD#: Air Conditioning Equipment Mechanic, PD# 549-8688-A

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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5306 Air Conditioning Equipment Mechanic

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Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Pre-employment physical required
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

EPA CERTIFICATION: In accordance with 40 CFR Part 82, Subpart F, EPA, people working in this type of position must have and maintain proper EPA Certifications for working with refrigerants. You must have these EPA Certification Types I, II and III in order to meet the requirements of this position.

EXPERIENCE: A specific length of training and experience is not required, but you must show evidence of training or experience of sufficient scope and quality of your ability to do the work of this position. Evidence which demonstrates you possess the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of this position must be supported by detailed descriptions of such on your resume. Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Federal Wage System Qualification Standards.

SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT: Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element, which usually appears as question 1 in the on-line questionnaire. Those applicants who appear to possess at least the minimal acceptable qualification requirement are considered for further rating; those who do not are rated ineligible and are eliminated. SCREEN OUT QUESTION: Do you have the ability to perform the duties of the Air-Conditioning Equipment Mechanic without more than normal supervision? The potential eligibles are then rated against the remainder of the Job Elements:

  • Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair
  • Interpret Instructions, Specifications (includes blueprint reading)
  • Materials
  • Technical Practices
  • Without more than normal supervision

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Physical Effort: Incumbent frequently removes and installs compressors, pumps, coils, and fans, which weigh 50 pounds or more. Incumbent uses necessary hoists to remove the larger equipment. Incumbent commonly works from ladders, platforms, scaffolds, and commonly performs work above ceilings and in crawl spaces. Position requires excessive bending, kneeling, standing, stooping, and climbing ladders.

Working Conditions: Incumbent is subject to burns, cuts, falls, bruises, electrical shock from circuit wiring and sudden temperature changes, from working in hot and cold areas. Most work will be accomplished indoors and in cramped spaces such as above suspended ceilings and in cramped mechanical rooms. Incumbent is also subject to exposure of dangerous gasses. The duties of this position are performed in a medical setting whose scope involves providing medical care to mature adults whose most common age range is between 45 and 75, and geriatric patients.

Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy carrying (45 lbs and over); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 8 hours); Standing (up to 8 hours); Crawling (up to 4 hours); Kneeling (up to 4 hours); Repeated bending (up to 4 hours); Climbing, use of legs and arms; Both legs required; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Both eyes required; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted).


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Keywords: Department of Veterans Affairs, Garland , Air Conditioning Equipment Mechanic, Other , Garland, Texas

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