Commercial HVAC Technician (Full-Time)

Portland Art Museum | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 1/05/2024

The Portland Art Museum (referred to as Museum) invites applications for the position of Commercial HVAC Technician. The Commercial HVAC Tech is responsible for maintaining and operating the HVAC system and performing repairs to any mechanical, electrical, and plumbing. This is a hands-on role that requires general maintenance throughout the facility. Museum grounds cover two city blocks (280,000 square feet) and four smaller offsite locations including PAM CUT, The Tomorrow Theater, The Rental Sales Gallery and offsite warehouses. The Commercial HVAC Tech will report directly to the Head of Facilities and Engineering.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Track, repair, and investigate mechanical, electrical, and plumbing maintenance in coordination with the Head of Facilities and Engineering
  • Provide feedback to the Head of Facilities and Engineering regarding issues related to energy management, system additions, improvements or corrections and equipment conditions
  • Maintain an inventory of tools essential for performing daily maintenance
  • Perform routine preventative and corrective maintenance to the following:
    • Cooling tower systems - clean, change belts, pulleys and sheaves aligns drive mechanisms
    • Water treatment system - maintain appropriate chemical levels and primes chemical pumps
    • Chiller systems
    • Boilers and steam system
    • Air handlers
    • Plumbing
    • Electrical
    • Fire control and sprinkler
  • Adhere to all OSHA, federal, and state safety guidelines
  • Respond to emergency situations that arise such as leaks, power outages, etc

Secondary or Additional Responsibilities

  • Roof and drain maintenance
  • Keeps mechanical rooms clean and organized
  • Responds to after hours emergencies
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Partial budgetary responsibility
  • Vendor management
  • Bidding and reviewing contracts

Required Knowledge & Skills

If you have any questions along the way including wanting to talk about a nontraditional career background, please reach out to HR.

  • Experience with commercial chiller systems, cooling tower systems, plumbing, water treatment systems, air handlers, boilers, and steam system
  • Health and safety regulations
  • Basic record-keeping techniques
  • Proper methods of storing equipment, materials and supplies
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

Education, Formal & Informal Experience, Training Required, Certification, Etc.

  • High School diploma
  • Section 608 Technician Certification (Universal)
  • CFC Certification
  • 3-4 years of commercial HVAC service, maintenance and repair experience required
  • Chiller repair experience preferred

Job Conditions

  • Schedule/Hours: Typically Monday through Friday but must remain flexible for emergencies (Minimum 40 hours per week)
  • Onsite/Not Remote
  • Occasional travel to different offsite locations
  • Occasional overtime and overnight hours for emergencies
  • On-call status
  • Extensive computer work
  • Work with chemicals
  • Possible exposure to vibration & noise
  • Requires working outdoors at times
  • Hazards include moving mechanical parts, electrical current, and exposure to chemicals, atmospheric conditions (fumes, odors, dust, mists, and gasses). May need to wear a respirator on specific occasions

Physical Activities

  • Frequent standing, walking, bending body to wait, use of fingers, talking, reaching, hearing, feeling, handling, and grasping
  • Occasional kneeling and climbing
  • Frequently lift/push/pulling up to 50lbs
  • Occasionally climb stairs and ladders (up to levels 20 ft. above the ground)
  • Occasionally work on roof tops
  • Must be able to talk, hear, climb, stoop, kneel, crawl, handle or feel objects tools or controls
  • This is not a complete representation of all physical requirements


  • This role is non-exempt and hourly
  • Budgeted compensation is within pay grade J ($32.16min - $38.58mid - $45.02max), depending on experience
  • Shift differentials, for hourly/non-exempt staff, for hours worked onsite within:
    • Evening hours (6:00 pm-12:00 am) will be paid an additional $1.00 per hour
    • Night hours (12:01 am-6:00 am) will be paid an additional $2.00 per hour
  • $50 per month cell stipend
  • Healthcare package: medical, dental, vision, disability, life insurance, 401K match, and flexible spending accounts
  • Paid time off: 6 paid holidays, 2 floating holidays, vacation, sick, and bereavement leave
  • Transportation benefits: TriMet / C-Tran / parking reimbursement account or bike-to-work enrollment
  • Museum admission & lectures, programs, and gift shop discounts
  • R.E.A.P (Reciprocal Employee Attraction Pass), providing free general admission to local destinations

Application Process for Commercial HVAC Technician

In order to be considered eligible, submissions require a resume, cover letter, four references, and all application questions answered. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application materials will be screened and interview candidates will be selected and notified by email. All applicants will be notified once the position is filled.

Closing date: We will begin reviewing applications immediately, so please apply as soon as possible. The closing date is subject to change at any time.

Company Description

Equal Opportunity & Accessibility

The Museum is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our hiring practices and in our Museum employee experiences. We strive to foster a mindful and respectful environment in which everyone can be their authentic selves at work and experience a culture free of harassment, racism, and discrimination.

The Museum is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including age, sex, color, race, creed, national origin, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political belief, disability or any other legally protected status. We are committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. This commitment ensures that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to participate in the application, interview, and hiring process. Alternative formats of this application are available upon request. If reasonable accommodation or an alternative form of this application is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, perform essential job functions, and/or receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact Human Resources at or 503.276.4358.

About the Portland Art Museum

The seventh oldest museum in the United States, the Portland Art Museum is internationally recognized for its permanent collection and ambitious special exhibitions drawn from the Museum’s holdings and the world’s finest public and private collections. The Museum’s collection of more than 50,000 objects, displayed in 112,000 square feet of galleries, reflects the history of art from ancient times to today. The collection is distinguished for its holdings of arts of the native peoples of North America, English silver, and the graphic arts. An active collecting institution dedicated to preserving great art for the enrichment of future generations, the Museum devotes 90 percent of its galleries to its permanent collection.

The Museum’s campus of landmark buildings, a cornerstone of Portland’s cultural district, includes the Jubitz Center for Modern and Contemporary Art, the Gilkey Center for Graphic Arts, the Schnitzer Center for Northwest Art, PAM CUT, and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Center for Native American Art. With a membership of more than 22,000 households and serving more than 350,000 visitors annually, the Museum is a premier venue for education in the visual arts. For information on exhibitions and programs, call 503-226-2811 or visit

Salary32.16 - 45.02 Hour
Listing Type
Construction/Facilities | Facilities
Position Type
Full Time
Employer Type
Direct Employer
32.16 - 45.02
Salary Type

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