Building Operator (Trades)

  • Building Operator (Trades) Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic

    Opening Statement
    Kingston’s vision of being a smart, livable 21st century city is fast becoming reality. History and innovation thrive in our dynamic city located along the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, an easy drive from Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, in the heart of eastern Ontario. With a stable and diversified economy that includes global corporations, innovative startups and all levels of government, Kingston’s high quality of life offers access to world-class education and research institutions, advanced healthcare facilities, affordable living and vibrant entertainment and tourism activities.

    Position Summary
    Reporting to the Supervisor, Facilities the Building Operator (Trades) is responsible to work under minimal supervision to maintain work orders and carryout the day-to-day repairs and on-going preventative maintenance program for all City owned facilities systems specific to their trade.

    The Building Operator identifies and reports system deficiencies and unsafe working conditions and uses safe work practices at all times in accordance with City policies and procedures and the Occupational Health and Safety Act.


    • Responsible for the completion of planned (PM) and service (SR) requested maintenance tasks pursuant to the appropriate legislated requirements related to each trade (see attached).
    • Plan, lay out, install, start-up, connect, maintain, service, repair, test, verify, commission and decommission refrigeration and air conditioning systems, electronic components and their accessories.
    • Install and connect piping for the purpose of conveying all types of refrigerants used for both primary and secondary heating and cooling.
    • Check efficiency outputs and parameters; inspect and check operation and integrity of components; determine set points; replace defective, leaking, discoloured and worn components; perform shut-downs and lock outs; make adjustments to pressures and controls; clean and lubricate components; check calibrations; reassemble and repair components and systems; start-up, test and charge the systems.
    • Measure, cut, bend, thread and connect pipe to functional components and utilities and service, test, adjust, commission and decommission the system.
    • Complete and maintain work orders in a computerized maintenance program.
    • Under general supervision utilizing a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) to carry out and document activities within the City’s maintenance program for all properties.
    • Demonstrate exemplary customer service skills.
    • Install, repair, service and maintain mechanical, electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic fixtures and HVAC systems.
    • Carry out a preventive maintenance program at various city owned properties.
    • Report deficiencies and unsafe working conditions.
    • Utilize mobile devices to access, monitor and utilize Building Automation Systems (BAS) for buildings.
    • Assist in planning alterations and installations, complete material lists, liaise with other consultants, contractors, inspectors, suppliers and departments on maintenance and project work.
    • Work in a safe and efficient manner according to the Occupational Health and Safety Act and City policy and procedures.
    • Read and interpret policy and procedure, manufacturer owner’s manuals, etc.
    • Maintain inventory of building supplies.
    • Other duties as assigned.

    Qualifications, Competencies

    • High School (Grade 12) graduation or equivalent.
    • Ontario Certificate of Qualification for Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic (Red Seal).
    • G1(Preferred) or G2 Gas Technician License as issued under the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA).
    • Five (5) years of commercial maintenance & trouble shooting experience.
    • Valid First Aid/CPR Certificate an asset.
    • Compliance related training such as: Aerial Lift Training, Confined Space, Fall Arrest and Designated Substance (Asbestos) Awareness, Type 1 Abatement Training an asset.

    Skills, Abilities, Work Demands

    • Proven knowledge of and experience using Computerized Maintenance Management systems, working within a preventative maintenance service environment utilizing associated software applications.
    • Ability to work with limited supervision in a team environment or independently.
    • Ability to use effective communication skills, both verbal and written, with proven customer service skills.
    • Ability to prepare correspondence, estimates, quotes and tenders using Microsoft and other computerized applications.
    • Ability to read and interpret drawings (blue prints) for existing and new construction/renovation.
    • Read and interpret policy and procedure manuals and building specific operations manuals.
    • Ability to problem solve and ensure timely preparations/repairs with minimal downtime.
    • Must be in good physical condition and able to work outside in inclement weather conditions.
    • Basic computer skills/ability to work with a computer as a programming and troubleshooting tools and proven comprehension of BAS and CMMS software applications.
    • Good knowledge of Fire Code, CSA Standards and Health & Safety Regulations.
    • Must obtain and maintain a satisfactory CPIC (Criminal Reference Check).
    • Must possess and maintain a valid class “G” driver’s license.
    • Available to respond to building emergencies during evenings and weekends on an "on-call" basis.

    Closing Statement
    Please apply to Career Opportunities at:
    Your resume must clearly demonstrate how you meet the requirements of the position. Please upload to your profile, any educational Degrees, Diplomas and/or Certificates that are relevant and required for the position you are applying to. We thank all of those who apply; however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. The City of Kingston is an equal opportunity employer. Accessibility accommodations are available for all parts of the recruitment and selection process. Applicants need to make their needs known in advance. Information collected will be handled in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. 

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