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Refrigeration Mechanic SPH

Refrigeration Mechanic SPH

locationUnited States
PublishedPublished: 12/8/2023
Full Time


Refrigeration Mechanic SPH

Campus Services


Job Summary

Energy & Facilities (E&F) operates and manages Harvard’s energy supplies, district energy plants, and utility infrastructures on the Cambridge/Allston campuses, as well as 24/7 facilities -related call, alarm monitoring and dispatch center.  E&F provides a broad portfolio of labor-based services, including building maintenance, landscaping and custodial to a large portion of the University, as well as engineering, technical, and sustainability services. 

Facilities Maintenance Operations (FMO) a department within E&F, offers primary building maintenance, landscape, fire safety, custodial and event support services to Harvard schools and departments on a fee-for-service basis.  All services are provided in strict accordance with regulatory requirements and customer-determined standards.

Position Description

  • Installs, modifies, and repairs all types of cooling and refrigeration systems and auxiliary equipment. 

  • Fabricates, installs, modifies and repairs related pressure piping systems. 

  • Reclaims and recycles all types of refrigerants. 

  • Diagnoses and assists in the repair of related DDC and pneumatic control systems. 

  • Interprets mechanical plans and prints and updates as necessary. 

  • Provides responsive customer support in all phases of building maintenance and operations. 

  • Assists and advises customers on maintenance solutions and provides follow-up on progress and status of work. 

  • Performs other core skills of the trade and related duties as required. 

  • May be assigned to work independently or as part of a multi-trade team under the guidance and direction of the Area Supervisor and/or Working Foreperson. 

Basic Qualifications

  • Current MA State Refrigeration license.

  • Current CFC Universal Certification.

  • Five years related experience in refrigeration and related controls work. 

  • Previous experience in the installation, operation, trouble-shooting, maintenance and repair of all types of commercial grade cooling and refrigeration systems. 

  • Previous experience with the operation and service of related DDC (Johnson and Siemens) and pneumatic control systems. 

  • Must possess a valid State driver’s license and satisfactory driving history.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • Must be able to read and interpret detailed plans, specifications, operating manuals and other written materials associated with this trade. 

  • Must be able to effectively communicate with peers and customers. 

Special Requirements:

  • Must observe and comply with all standard safety codes and practices, perform work in accordance with recognized trade and University standards

  • Must supply a complete set of hand tools. 

  • Must be willing to work in research laboratory environments and around hazardous materials.

  • May be required for specialized training in the inspection and maintenance of autoclaves and sterilizing equipment.

  • May be required to pass a Respiratory Physical and certification for use of a respirator.

  • Required to wear/use appropriate safety clothing/equipment at all times.

  • Required to properly wear a uniform and maintain a professional image at all times.

  • A current address and telephone number must be provided as an ongoing condition of employment.

Emergency Status Designation:

  • Critical Operations Personnel

Certificates and Licenses

  • Current MA State Refrigeration license.

  • Current CFC Universal Certification.

  • Must possess a valid State driver’s license

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to lift up a minimum of 50 lbs. and transport piping and equipment in excess of 200 lbs. with others. 

  • May use chain falls and come along for heavier lifting. 

  • Must be able to push and pull heavy loads as listed. 

  • Must be able to stoop and bend for long periods of time and work on hands and knees and other awkward positions for extended periods, routinely walk to and from various buildings carrying tools, equipment and other essentials to the job site. 

  • Must be able to work alone and climb multiple sets of stairs, work of ladders, staging, lifts, etc.

Working Conditions

NOTICE: Harvard University continues to place the highest priority on the health, safety, and well-being of its faculty, staff, and students, as well as the wider community. Please note that all new employees will be required to provide confirmation of primary series COVID-19 vaccination upon hire, as detailed on our COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Webpage. Harvard University Health Services employees and other healthcare individuals are also required to be up to date on vaccination as described by the CDC. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. Additional information regarding this requirement, exemptions, verification of vaccination status, and other related policies and resources may be found on the University’s COVID-19 Information Website.

Interviewing at Harvard:

When Submitting Your Candidacy on our Harvard Career Site: https://hr.harvard.edu/jobs

  • Please provide a cover letter with your application (resume) and upload it as one PDF document:

  • Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background screening.

  • Harvard University-Campus Services is unable to provide work authorization and/or visa sponsorship.

  • This position has a 90–day orientation and review period.

Additional Information

Harvard Central Administration and Campus Services will not offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity.

About Campus Services

Campus Services is a multi-department organization within Harvard’s Central Administration providing a wide range of non-academic services to the University community. We employ more than 1,600 employees, 66% of which are front-line service and trades workers. Our workforce is also quite diverse, with employees representing 20+ countries.

We service the university by supporting Campus Operations, supporting international students and programs, bringing the Harvard Community together and our Campus Services shared services.
Learn more about Campus Services at: www.campusservices.harvard.edu

Total Rewards:

Harvard’s Total Rewards Program is designed to attract, retain, and reward the performance of talented employees.  Comprehensive benefits, generous paid time-off, access to education and professional development, and a vibrant campus with abundant cultural and recreational opportunities create a competitive and compelling total rewards package.  As a Harvard staff member, you enjoy many perks that come with working for one of the top employers in Massachusetts.  To learn more about Harvard’s Total Rewards program visit our page: https://hr.harvard.edu/totalrewards


Harvard University welcomes individuals with disabilities to apply for positions and participate in its programs and activities. If you would like to request accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact our University Disability Resources Department at: https://accessibility.harvard.edu/

Job Function


Department Office Location

USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Code

271000 Refrigeration Mechanic

Work Format



Energy & Facilities

Salary Grade





42 - Int Un Oper Engineers Loc 877

Hourly Rate and/or Rate Range


Time Status


Pre-Employment Screening

CORI, Criminal, DMV, Drug Testing, Education, Employment, Identity, License/Cert.


Monday - Friday
6:00 am - 2:30 pm
Days Off: Sunday & Saturday
Location: Harvard University School of Public Health (HSPH)

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Harvard University Central Administration’s commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging is rooted in our belief in drawing on the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity. Our community strives to uphold these beliefs by honoring the rights, differences, and dignity of others and embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values. We aim to foster a campus culture where everyone can thrive, a key to which is ensuring that each of us experiences a profound sense of inclusion and belonging. ​For more information, visit our page: https://hr.harvard.edu/diversity-inclusion-belonging

EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.