Building Refrigeration Engineer - University of Chicago - Facilities Services

Chicago, IL 60615
United States

Work Schedule

Job Description



9064945 Facilities-So Campus Engineers

About the Unit

Facilities Services supports the mission of the University of Chicago through efforts to maintain and enhance the University campus and environment and provide superior client service to our community including faculty, students, staff, neighbors and visitors.

Job Information

Job Summary

Responsible for all duties performed by Building Engineers.  Responsible for advanced installation, maintenance, repair, and operation of building equipment including electrical and control work for refrigeration equipment. Performs work in accordance with University standards and procedures for University buildings and properties.


  • Inspects and tests building equipment.
  • Troubleshoots equipment and identifies and solves problems.
  • Dismantles defective equipment and installs new or repaired parts.
  • Cleans and lubricates shafts, bearings, gears, and other parts of equipment.
  • Interprets building and equipment documentation to troubleshoot and make repairs.
  • Installs, repairs, and verifies proper operation of building systems and equipment.
  • Lays out, fabricates, assembles, installs, and maintains pipe systems and related pneumatic  equipment; repairs and replaces gauges, valves, pressure regulators, and related equipment.
  • Uses appropriate tools and equipment.
  • Helps introduce new employees to shop protocol, procedures and campus applications and equipment.
  • Requisitions materials and supplies using in-house procedures as needed.  Keeps working area clean and safe.
  • Wears and/or uses appropriate safety equipment.
  • Uses computers to enter and access job related information.
  • Undertakes training related to job duties as deemed necessary by the University.
  • Performs related job duties as may be assigned.

Additional Requirements​​

Education, Experience, or Certifications


  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required. 
  • Advanced job-related training program in air conditioning and refrigeration required.
  • Completion of an apprenticeship program in HVAC preferred.
  • Completion of job-related associates degree (AA) preferred.


  • Five years directly related experience required.

Licence and Certifications:

  • Universal Technician’s certification in refrigeration as approved or required by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), current valid driver's license, other licenses or certificates needed for this position as required by law.  

  • Advanced coursework completion or certification in one or more of the following core competencies –basic electrical, plumbing, piping and fluid-handling systems, HVAC, building automation systems or an encompassing certification such as in physical plant maintenance preferred.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:

  • Access computer programs and use or learn basic computer operations related to position requirements required. 
  • Read and interpret documents required.
  • Communicate effectively in English both orally and in writing required.
  • Perform mathematical functions relevant to the position required.
  • Ability to problem-solve required.
  • Perform job-related welding required.
  • Attention to detail; perform within deadlines; reading; confidentiality; handle ambiguity and exert informal authority; and manage multiple competing priorities required.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements: 

  • Must demonstrate mechanical aptitude and manual dexterity and be physically capable of strenuous activity over extended periods of time. 
  • Must be able to lift and move loads appropriate to job requirements and be able to bend and work in a kneeling position for periods of time.
  • Must be able to climb stairs and ladders, be capable of working at heights as required, be able to enter and work within tight spaces, and be able to withstand hot and cold temperatures required.

Required Documents:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • List of References

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.

Starting Pay: $38.10

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. EEO/M/F/D/V