With limited direction and supervision, performs journeyman-level work maintaining, repairing, and operating high pressure steam boiler, campus-wide ventilation equipment, water treated equipment, auxiliary equipment, and does related work as required. Incumbents in the class of Heating and Ventilating Equipment Technician are distinguished from those in the class of Heating and Ventilating Equipment Mechanic by a greater degree of specialized knowledge and independence of action, broader work assignments and the regular performance of a full range of skilled tasks in a specialized trade without direct supervision. Has responsibility for the trouble-free maintenance and operation of a variety of heating and ventilation systems and related equipment.


  1. Performs steam fitting; checks and evaluates tubes for deposits, corrosion, pitting and grooving of the steam lines; performs or assists pipe fitting; performs air balancing of any related HVAC unit/system.
  2. Checks, repairs, replace, adjust and perform preventive maintenance on heating, ventilation, and related equipment including V belts, pumps, bearings, steam traps as well as electrical, digital, and pneumatic controls.
  3. Coordinates repairs, recommends replacement where necessary, prepares requisitions, and determines cost of material and labor.
  4. Uses the computerized Energy Management System.
  5. Assists in operating campus water chillers and related equipment or loops (including cooling towers) that may affect the end result of heating the campus.
  6. Checks levels of fluids, monitors, and control components.
  7. Assists with layout and installation of major equipment; plans layout and installation of minor equipment relating to HVAC.
  8. Assists in the control of chemical water treatment used in chilled and hot water systems, boiler operation and any related equipment.
  9. May assist in the operation of the boiler house or chiller plant and related equipment.
  10. Serves as relief mechanic in operation of central or stand-alone plants in the absence of those designated employees.
  11. Answers emergency calls at all hours, as needed.
  12. Reports equipment problems, malfunctions or operational status to supervisors.
  13. Assists in electrical trouble shooting and circuit diagnosis on all trade-related equipment.
  14. At the request of a supervisor, performs a variety of unscheduled duties generally related to the functions of the prescribed class.


Education and Experience: (1) Graduation from high school AND (2) completion of the equivalent of a four-year apprenticeship or better in boiler operation or trade school and steam fitting AND (3) at least five years of experience working at journeyman level in boiler operation and the repair of boilers, pipes and pumps in a steam or water system.

Knowledge and Abilities: Demonstrated knowledge of the methods, materials and equipment used in operating, maintaining and repairing high-pressure steam boilers, steam fitting, ventilation and heating trades. Knowledge of safety codes and practices. Ability to recognize hazards and avoid accidents; diagnose malfunctions and correct problems; plan and work from schematic drawings and blueprints; submit as built modifications; follow and give oral and written instructions; perform physically heavy work, often in difficult locations; work in a multi-ethnic environment.


Equivalent of a two-year apprenticeship and/or experience in HVAC systems as well as refrigeration.

NOTE: Eligibility is determined by a review of the following:

  1. Performance Tests
  2. Interviews
  3. Reference checks
  4. Medical history

A pre-employment physical examination is required. Cost of physical will be paid by Pasadena City College.


Lifting and carrying objects weighing up to 75 pounds, pushing and pulling, walking and standing for extended periods of time, dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a variety of hand-power tools, reaching overhead, above the shoulders and horizontally, and kneeling or crouching.


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