General Atomics and Affiliated Companies Experienced HVAC Technician 2nd Shift in Palmdale, California

Job ID#: 18427BR

Company: General Atomics

Title: Experienced HVAC Technician 2nd Shift

Job Category: Facilities

City: Palmdale

State: California

Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Hourly

Travel Percentage Required: 0% - 25%

Clearance Required?: No

Job Summary:

General Atomics (GA), and its affiliated companies, is one of the world’s leading resources for high-technology systems development ranging from the nuclear fuel cycle to remotely piloted aircraft, airborne sensors, and advanced electric, electronic, wireless and laser technologies.

We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for an experienced 2nd Shift HVAC Technician to join our Facilities department located in Palmdale, CA.


  • Under minimal supervision, services, modifies, rebuilds, and repairs the facility HVAC equipment and direct expansion and hydronic systems in accordance with applicable building, plumbing and mechanical codes, laws, regulations and manufacturer’s operation and maintenance manuals, and safety regulations.

  • Provides craft guidance and skills training to less experienced staff.

  • Conducts preventive, predictive, and corrective maintenance procedures as assigned. Checks refrigeration system charges, performs leak tests, and adds refrigerant as needed. Overhauls equipment as assigned.

  • Determines if equipment needs to be overhauled and may overhaul equipment as assigned.

  • Performs inspection and preventative/corrective maintenance of environmental chambers.

  • Troubleshoots and performs preventative/predictive maintenance on water and air cooled chillers.

  • Troubleshoots and performs preventative/predictive maintenance on hot water and steam boilers.

  • Performs moderate piping repairs of compressed air, gas, water, and condensate drain lines.

  • Installs, repairs, and performs preventative/predictive maintenance of HVAC equipment to include but not limited to, condensers, evaporators, air handlers, fan coils, variable air volume boxes, exhaust fans, ducting, package units, split units, heat pumps, and related equipment.

  • Utilizes predictive maintenance technology to detect possible future failures.

  • Troubleshoots and performs PM’s and maintenance on cooling towers, pumps, and chilled water systems.

  • Performs pump overhauls, shaft alignments and mechanical seal replacements.

  • Installs and repairs refrigerant piping. Utilizes silver brazing and soldering techniques associated to HVAC and piping systems.

  • Repairs and replaces temperature sensors for HVAC systems while making emergency repairs as required.

  • Performs periodic inspection to locate and determine cause of equipment malfunctions. Conducts maintenance program to prevent failure of plumbing, compressors and HVAC systems.

  • Lubricates and properly aligns motors and pumps. Replaces belts, pulleys, shafts, bearings, rotors, and impellers for motors and pumps.

  • Operates, troubleshoots and identifies electrical and mechanical issues via the Building Management System (BMS).

  • Installs, troubleshoots and performs simple software configurations and modifications with BMS systems. Performs back-up and program verifications. Able to set-up and create trending data as needed.

  • May function in a leadership role and provide direction to less experienced staff. May direct daily activities and manage functions related to building HVAC maintenance and operations.

  • Responsible for observing all laws, regulations and other applicable obligations wherever and whenever business is conducted on behalf of the Company. Expected to work in a safe manner in accordance with established operating procedures and practices.

  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.

Job Qualifications:

Typically requires a two-year technical degree, trade school equivalent, military class “C” school or Military Occupation Specialty (MOS), and five or more years of progressive experience as a stationary engineer, journeyman plumber or HVAC mechanic.

  • Equivalent professional experience may be substituted in lieu of education.

  • Must demonstrate thorough knowledge of construction industry practices, concepts and regulations as well as plumbing, heating, ventilating and mechanical codes.

  • Must have good knowledge of applicable federal, state and local safety codes and be able to read, interpret and explain schematics.

  • Must be able to prepare sketches and processes and have a working knowledge of and discretion in safely operating hand and power tools.

  • Must have comprehensive knowledge of Energy Management Control Systems and associated architecture and a comprehensive understanding of pneumatic control systems.

  • Must be customer focused and possess: (1) a valid California driver’s license with a clean driving record verified by the DMV; (2) EPA certification in refrigerant recovery; (3) excellent analytical skills to use Energy Management Control Systems to determine current status of operating equipment and plumbing systems; (4) excellent interpersonal skills to work with all levels of employees, outside vendors and contractors and to train lower level personnel; (5) excellent verbal and written communication skills to accurately document and report findings; (6) the ability to resolve complex issues that require evaluation and interpretation; and (7) excellent knowledge of computer operations and application pertinent to the field.

  • Ability to work independently or lead in a team environment is essential as is the ability to work extended hours as required.

General Atomics and affiliated companies is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, genetic information, protected veteran status, disability, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law.