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Montana State University Refrigeration Maintenance Technician (Journeyman) in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 21177

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Kathy Jahnke at 406-994-6774 or

Classification Title Refrigeration Technician

Working Title Refrigeration Maintenance Technician (Journeyman)

Brief Position Overview

Under general supervision of the Refrigeration Technician Foreman, the Refrigeration Maintenance Technician performs general and preventive maintenance, troubleshooting, repair, replacement, and operation of campus chillers, refrigeration, and refrigerant-based heat transfer systems for 4.5 million sq-ft (100 academic and housing buildings) of University building space.

Position Number 4N0652, 4N0115

Department Heat Plant

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 $29.41

Contract Type Skilled Craft

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Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

This position is located in University Services, and is responsible for the operation, maintenance, and repair of all refrigeration/heat-transfer based systems, equipment, and affiliated piping and controls on the MSU Bozeman campus.

Duties and Responsibilities

The person in this position may work individually or in conjunction with others as job conditions demand, and is subject to overtime and call-outs outside of regularly-scheduled work periods. Equipment and systems include, but are not limited to: refrigerant-based HVAC /R systems; package refrigeration units; air-conditioning units; cooling towers; freezers; coolers; domestic refrigerators; air and fluid cooled chillers and chilled-water systems; evaporative cooling system; ice machines; heat pumps; cascade refrigeration equipment; humidification/dehumidification equipment; compressed air and vacuum pumps; refrigeration piping; digital, electronic, electric, and pneumatic control systems.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • High school graduation or equivalent, plus five (5) years full-time (or part-time equivalent) work experience maintaining, operating, installing, and troubleshooting refrigeration/heat transfer systems and controls, plus one of the following:

  • successful completion of Vocational/Technical institute training (minimum of two years); or

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

  • journeyman-level pipefitter- refrigeration certification. (An equivalent combination of education and work experience may be considered.)

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

  • Extensive knowledge of refrigeration, and HVAC equipment.

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

  • Demonstrated competence using personal computers and software.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

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

  • Competence in reading and using construction plans, specifications, and maintenance manuals.

  • Knowledge of chemical treatment programs for cooling towers, and closed loop hydronic systems.

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

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • To provide and promote strong customer service to the campus community.

  • To effectively operate all work-related tools, equipment, machinery and vehicles in a safe and effective manner.

  • Work well independently with minimal supervision, as well as part of a team.

  • Follow oral and written instructions.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse groups of people such as co-workers, contractors, the public, and the campus community.

  • Represent Facilities Services and its programs to others in a professional and courteous manner.

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

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.

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.

Physical Demands

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

Number of Vacancies 2

Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

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Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on March 4, 2021; 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 ( .

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

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.

MSU ’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: ( .