HVAC Utility Operator

Dulles, Virginia
Compensation Grade: T19Salary
Jan 04, 2019
Jan 21, 2019
Full Time
Compensation Grade: T19Salary Range:


Opening Date: January 4, 2019

Closing Date: January 19, 2019Please Note: All job announcements close at 11:59 p.m. of the day before the posted closing date.

As an HVAC Utility Operator, you will maintain the safe and efficient operation of boilers, chillers, heat pumps, and other HVAC equipment.

HVAC Utility Operator

This is a journey (full performance) level job in the HVAC series.

Serves in the Utilities Division in the Engineering and Maintenance Department at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).

Maintains the safe and efficient operation of high temperature and pressure hot-water boilers, chillers, and thermal ice making machines, as well as roof-top units, heat pumps, electric or gas-fed heaters, and air handlers. When on evening, night, and weekend shifts, responds to emergency and trouble calls. Completes work orders as an HVAC Operator on day shift. Performs preventive maintenance evenings, nights, or weekends if not responding to emergencies or troubleshooting, as directed. Performs related functions.


Receives after-business-hours work requests (trouble calls); takes appropriate action(s) for HVAC related requests. Refers non-HVAC requests to duty personnel in other disciplines.

Records reading of meters and gauges on high-pressure boilers, chillers, thermo ice-storage machines, and control panels. Adjusts controls as needed.

Advises HVAC Operator in Charge and HVAC Supervisor when major malfunctions occur or when safety controls are not operating properly.

Advises Interior Electrician of power related issues and alarms affecting equipment.

Restarts boilers and chillers following power outages.

Responds to miscellaneous alarm panels for electrical and water distribution systems.

Makes rounds of various machine rooms to ensure that the HVAC equipment is operating properly and makes minor repairs or adjustments.

Responds to trouble calls and troubleshoots malfunctioning HVAC equipment.

Performs preventive maintenance on HVAC equipment.

Applies the theories, principles, requirements, and standards of the trade and uses the full range of tools of the trade.

Performs other duties as assigned.


Four years of progressively responsible experience in operating, monitoring, or maintaining central plant heating and cooling systems using high temperature hot water generators, industrial chillers, and chilled water storage tanks in hot and chilled water production.

Two years of specialized experience in the operation, testing, diagnosing, maintenance, and repair of a range of HVAC equipment and systems and interpreting and applying schematics, diagrams, and manuals to troubleshoot and isolate system malfunctions.

Ability to make decisions, take action, or direct the actions of others to maintain or restore service.

Knowledge of the principles and operating characteristics of central plant heating and air-conditioning systems and the skill to perform journey-level work.

Skill in using tools, technical manuals, schematics, blueprints, manufacturer's materials, and other equipment and guides in journey level HVAC work.

Ability to analyze data and information (including blueprints and schematics).

Ability to work safely and knowledge of the safety rules, regulations, and procedures to do so.

Ability to speak and write effectively.

Skill in using a computer, computerized work order and time and attendance system.


Licensed as a Journey level HVAC Mechanic.

Universal Certification (Section 608) to service HVAC/refrigeration equipment from the Environmental Protection Agency


A high school diploma or a Certificate of General Educational Development (GED).


A state driver's license in good standing.

Universal Certification (Section 608) to service HVAC/refrigeration equipment from the Environmental Protection Agency within 90 days of hire, promotion, or placement in the job.


Must maintain certification.

Operates vehicle airside and landside (requires AOA permit).

Work is typically reviewed in progress and upon completion for quantity, quality, timeliness, teamwork, customer service, and other factors.

Work requires moderate to heavy physical exertion (lifting objects up to 75 pounds). May bend, stoop, crouch, and work in a cramped position.

May be subject to potential hazards common to the airport environment and HVAC systems, such as fumes, hazardous chemicals, noise from jet aircraft, high-pressure boilers and HVAC units, burns or scalds, falls, and danger of moving equipment. Wears personal protective gear, as necessary.

May be subject to hold over and recall on a 24-hour basis for essential services and emergencies.


A background security investigation will be required for all new hires.

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