HVAC & Refrigeration Mechanic

Physical Plant


The purpose of this position is to provide space comfort for the entire campus community and the buildings they occupy.  The person in this role will install, maintain, and service building and departmental heating ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment. This position coordinates work with other trades and must be certified to perform work to levels set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency. The person in this role must be able to diagnose complex equipment problems, use sophisticated diagnostic equipment and EPA approved refrigerant reclaim equipment. This a full time, on-campus, benefits-eligible position. Generous benefits include health, retirement, considerable time off and tuition assistance.



  • Maintain and repair refrigeration and cooling equipment; conduct seasonal chiller inspections and related operations/maintenance; maintain and repair refrigeration equipment on campus in accordance with EPA specified guidelines; maintain and repair air and water cooled equipment; maintain and repair ice machines, drinking fountains, and other auxiliary equipment
  • Maintain and repair steam boilers and heating equipment; daily operation of boilers, includes keeping operational log, conduct boiler chemistry, and safety testing; maintain and repair main district boilers and steam/condensate loop; conduct yearly steam shutdown and related steam loop and system repairs; maintain and repair all remote boilers, gas and electric heating equipment
  • Maintain and repair air handling, exhaust, and ventilation equipment; install, troubleshoot and maintain air handling units, exhaust systems, and rooftop units; operate and repair controls on all air handling, exhaust and ventilation systems; troubleshoot, repair and maintain lab fume hoods and all auxiliary air handling equipment
  • Operate and maintain building controls systems; troubleshoot, repair, and maintain pneumatic and DDC systems on campus; interact with and troubleshoot bacnet control systems, issues with ALC and Siemens Insight BAS Controls; update and maintain HVAC-R building alarm logs
  • Operate and maintain pool controls and equipment; conduct daily testing of pool water and chemistry; troubleshoot, repair and maintain pool filtration equipment, heating equipment, pumps and controls


Requirements and Knowledge:  

  • A high school diploma/GED required
  • Completed union apprenticeship in the Local 399 Building Operating Engineers, Steamfitters Local 353 or Local 99 Plumbers & Pipe Fitters; or, an equivalent apprenticeship program.
  • EPA Certification required; Certified Pool Operator must be obtained within 1 year of hiring
  • 8 years of HVAC experience, of which, 6 years experience with building controls and troubleshooting and 4 years boiler operation.
  • IL State driver’s license
  • Physically able to climb stairs and ladders, often with equipment.  Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Ability to perform duties within the environment of a heat plant, exposure to extreme heat and active steam lines.  Must work in confined spaces.  
  • Awareness of and adherence to safety protocols are of paramount importance.  
  • This position requires an on-call rotation among crew members; occasional nights and weekends


Please download the application at www.iwu.edu/human-resources/Positions.html.  Review of applications will begin immediately and the position is open until filled. Submit to:


Illinois Wesleyan University 

Human Resources, Holmes 209

1312 Park Street

Bloomington, Il  61701

Email:  hr@iwu.edu

Fax:  309-556-1710


Hiring for multiple positions; $35-$40/hr


The final candidate will pass a pre-employment physical and background investigation.

Illinois Wesleyan University does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must reside and be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire.  Continued employment is conditioned upon maintaining work authorization throughout the employment term.

Illinois Wesleyan University is committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse, inclusive, and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students. We seek candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to supporting and further building our community in these dimensions. Illinois Wesleyan University is an EEO Employer.  Illinois Wesleyan University’s sexual misconduct policy may be accessed at https://www.iwu.edu/title-ix/sexual-misconduct-policy.html.  Illinois Wesleyan University is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusive excellence; details at www.iwu.edu/diversity.