HVAC Technician

at PAE
Location Arlington, VA
Date Posted February 12, 2018
Category Skilled Labor - Trades
Job Type Full-time


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HVAC Technician

The HVAC/R Journeyman will support PAE in Iraq. This position is based in Iraq.

This position will be an expert in all phases of the HVAC/R industry. This position will be able to work independently to troubleshoot and/or install any of these systems. The Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning Journeyman installs, environmental-control systems in residences, office buildings, and other structures, utilizing knowledge of refrigeration theory, pipefitting and structural layout, mounts compressor and condenser units on platform or floor, using hand tools, following blueprints or engineering specifications, fabricates, assembles and installs ductwork and chassis parts, using portable metalworking tools and welding equipment, and installs evaporator unit in chassis or in air-duct system, using hand tools. The duties and responsibilities listed below are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive.  


  • Reads and interprets instructions and documentation and plans work activities
  • Moves materials and equipment to work locations and sets up work site
  • Maintains, repairs, and replaces or installs a broad range of HVAC/R equipment and support systems for embassy operation and maintenance activities
  • Completes records, maintains tools and equipment, and performs various clean-up activities
  • The HVAC/R Journeyman will be responsible for the servicing and repairing environmental-control systems using their knowledge of refrigeration theory, pipefitting, structural layout, and troubleshooting
  • Mount compressor, condenser units, air handler using hand tools following blueprint, engineering specifications and manufacture recommendations
  • Cuts and bends tubing to correct length and shape, using cutting and bending equipment and tools - Cuts and threads pipe, using machine-threading or hand-threading equipment
  • Joins tubing or pipes to various refrigerating units by means of sleeves, couplings or unions
  • Solders joints, using torch, forming complete circuit for refrigerant
  • Installs expansion and discharge valves in circuit.
  • Connects motors, compressors, temperature controls, humidity controls, and circulating ventilation fans to control panels and connects control panels to power source
  • Installs air and water filters in completed installation
  • Injects small amount of refrigerant into compressor to test systems
  • Repairing, and fabricating ductwork using sheet metal hand tools and shop fabrication equipment
  • Measure, cut and assembly PVC and copper tubing and fittings, including braze/soldering copper/copper, copper/brass, and copper/steel
  • Troubleshoot and replace defective breaker controls, contactors, thermostats, switches, fuses and electrical wiring to repair installed units using electrician’s hand tools
  • Install, repair, replace, maintain, troubleshoot, and service; air conditioners, condensing units, air cooled chillers and air handlers, including filters
  • Work independently, be self-motivated, delegate assignments, responsibility and direct subordinates to meet schedules and objectives
  • Observes and follows all safety rules and procedures, including wearing required personal safety equipment
  • Performs other duties and activities as directed         


  • Education: A high school diploma or equivalent
  • Experience:
  • The candidate will have a minimum of three years of experience in Operations and Maintenance services, with a minimum of three years of experience in physical plant and building operations of large facilities
  • Two to five years of related HVAC/R experience
  • Two to five years of overseas work experience
  • Ability to collect, analyze and summarize data and prepare daily reports and work orders
  • Must have hands-on experience with repairs, troubleshooting, and maintenance on these types of systems
  • Must have knowledge of Building Automation Systems (BAS) Building Management Systems (BMS)
  • Citizenship: US Citizenship is required for this position
  • Security Vetting: Must possess an active DOD or DOS Secret security clearance, and maintaining eligibility for the duration of the contract
  • Language Skills: Professional English communication skills, both oral and written
  • Medical: Favorable passage of a drug screen and physical examination  


  • Completion of an Apprentice program with a Journeyman Certificate; or Universal HVAC/Refrigeration Certificate; or AAS degree in HVAC/R from a two year accredited college, and/or equivalent field experience preferred: Equivalent experience in a trade related field, that is; electrical, plumbing, construction, which would apply to the HVAC/R Trade
  • Relevant overseas HVAC/R experience preferred
  • Previous experience working with PAE preferred
  • Previous out of home country experience is highly desirable and previous work experience in harsh environmental conditions is a plus
  • Strongly preferred is extensive experience with air cooled chillers with screw compressors   


  • Knowledge of ALL principles and processes involved in supporting HVAC/R functions at an overseas facility
  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing excellent customer services
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment that requires handling multiple tasks at a given time and rapidly adapting to changing priorities and schedules
  • Cross-cultural sensitivity with an international perspective
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Expert computer skills, specifically in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Ability to become an active and functioning member of a team
  • Must have the ability to be innovative and be an agent for change
  • Expert communication skills to facilitate and disseminate information   

An Equal Opportunity Employer. PAE’s hiring practices provide equal opportunity for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, United States military veteran’s status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, medical condition including genetic characteristics or information, veteran status, or mental or physical disability so long as the essential functions of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other protected category under federal, state, or local law.

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