Job Overview


Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table

The incumbent performs trade work in support of an agricultural campus-like setting including: offices and laboratories, chemical storage and milling facilities, greenhouses, a wind tunnel, and storage facilities.


Major Duties:

The primary trades involve refrigerant, heating and cooling, and plumbing. The incumbent is expected to operate, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair building cooling systems, commercial and industrial air handling units, roof top package units, chillers, flat plate heat exchangers, and other systems including mini and full-sized split DX systems. Responsibilities also include: operating, cleaning, and servicing unit heaters, furnaces, radiant tube and water coil/unit heaters, heat pump refrigeration, and hot water and steam boilers, and performing related chemical treatment programs. The incumbent will also install domestic and deionized water lines, and repair and maintain steam and hot water piping systems and valves; which includes service and repair of air compressors and vacuum systems, and may be asked to evaluate and/or troubleshoot problems with refrigerated laboratory equipment, such as walk-in-coolers, refrigerated water fountains, and deep freezers. The work to be performed requires driving pick-up trucks and using pull-behind trailers. Working Conditions and Other Considerations:

Work requires standing, stooping, kneeling, climbing, and using ladders and scaffoldings; there is occasional work in uncomfortable or tiring positions, and the incumbent is expected to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.  Outdoor work is conducted in prevailing weather; the incumbent will be exposed to chemical hazards, dirt, dust, noise, and insects and must observe safety and security regulations as applicable.