HVAC Technician in Baghdad at PAE

Date Posted: 8/28/2020

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Job Description

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HVAC Technician

HVACR Technician

The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Refrigeration (HVACR) Technician will be assigned to one of three locations in Iraq. This position reports to the HVACR Supervisor. The duties and responsibilities listed below are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive.

  • Reads and interprets instructions and documentation and plans work activities
  • Moves materials and equipment to work locations and sets up work site
  • Maintains, repairs, and replaces or installs a broad range of HVAC/R equipment and support systems for embassy operation and maintenance activities
  • Completes records, maintains tools and equipment, and performs various clean-up activities
  • The HVAC/R Journeyman will be responsible for the servicing and repairing environmental-control systems using their knowledge of refrigeration theory, pipefitting, structural layout, and troubleshooting
  • Mount compressor, condenser units, air handler using hand tools following blueprint, engineering specifications and manufacture recommendations
  • Cuts and bends tubing to correct length and shape, using cutting and bending equipment and tools - Cuts and threads pipe, using machine-threading or hand-threading equipment
  • Joins tubing or pipes to various refrigerating units by means of sleeves, couplings or unions
  • Solders joints, using torch, forming complete circuit for refrigerant
  • Installs expansion and discharge valves in circuit.
  • Connects motors, compressors, temperature controls, humidity controls, and circulating ventilation fans to control panels and connects control panels to power source
  • Installs air and water filters in completed installation
  • Injects small amount of refrigerant into compressor to test systems
  • Repairing, and fabricating ductwork using sheet metal hand tools and shop fabrication equipment
  • Measure, cut and assembly PVC and copper tubing and fittings, including braze/soldering copper/copper, copper/brass, and copper/steel
  • Troubleshoot and replace defective breaker controls, contactors, thermostats, switches, fuses and electrical wiring to repair installed units using electrician’s hand tools
  • Install, repair, replace, maintain, troubleshoot, and service; air conditioners, condensing units, air cooled chillers and air handlers, including filters
  • Work independently, be self-motivated, delegate assignments, responsibility and direct subordinates to meet schedules and objectives
  • Observes and follows all safety rules and procedures, including wearing required personal safety equipment
  • Performs other duties and activities as directed         


  • Education: A high school diploma or equivalent
  • Experience:
  • The candidate will have a minimum of three years of experience in Operations and Maintenance services, with a minimum of three years of experience in physical plant and building operations of large facilities
  • Two to five years of related HVAC/R experience
  • Two to five years of overseas work experience
  • Ability to collect, analyze and summarize data and prepare daily reports and work orders
  • Must have hands-on experience with repairs, troubleshooting, and maintenance on these types of systems
  • Must have knowledge of Building Automation Systems (BAS) Building Management Systems (BMS)
  • Citizenship: US Citizenship is required for this position because a U.S. government secret or higher level security clearance is required.
  • Security Vetting: Must possess an active DOD or DOS Secret security clearance, and maintaining eligibility for the duration of the contract
  • Language Skills: Professional English communication skills, both oral and written
  • Medical: Favorable passage of a drug screen and physical examination  


  • Completion of an Apprentice program with a Journeyman Certificate; or Universal HVAC/Refrigeration Certificate; or AAS degree in HVAC/R from a two year accredited college, and/or equivalent field experience preferred: Equivalent experience in a trade related field, that is; electrical, plumbing, construction, which would apply to the HVAC/R Trade
  • Relevant overseas HVAC/R experience preferred
  • Previous experience working with PAE preferred
  • Previous out of home country experience is highly desirable and previous work experience in harsh environmental conditions is a plus
  • Strongly preferred is extensive experience with air cooled chillers with screw compressors   


  • Knowledge of ALL principles and processes involved in supporting HVAC/R functions at an overseas facility
  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing excellent customer services
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment that requires handling multiple tasks at a given time and rapidly adapting to changing priorities and schedules
  • Cross-cultural sensitivity with an international perspective
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Expert computer skills, specifically in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Ability to become an active and functioning member of a team
  • Must have the ability to be innovative and be an agent for change
  • Expert communication skills to facilitate and disseminate information   


This position may be located in a war zone, in an environment with harsh and dangerous working and living conditions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may regularly be exposed to extreme and austere desert-like environment. Temperatures can reach 120- 130 degrees Fahrenheit/50-55 degrees Celsius during the summer months. Employees must be willing and able to perform regular job requirements in this austere, extreme environment, as well as willing and able to deploy to Iraq for extended periods. Work schedules are a minimum of 6 days per week and 10 hours per day, while some jobs have higher daily and weekly minimums. Employees must be willing and able to perform physical activities including, but not limited to, heavy lifting and moving of items, parts, assemblies, and equipment up to the safety regulation maximum; climbing in and out of equipment; crawling; and working outdoors. This includes being able to lift and carry 40 pounds of personal protective equipment for extended periods of time and being capable of running and ‘duck & cover’ during emergencies without putting oneself or others at risk.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

PAE is a drug-free workplace.

PAE is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our hiring practices provide equal opportunity for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, United States military veteran’s status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, medical condition including genetic characteristics or information, veteran status, or mental or physical disability so long as the essential functions of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other protected category under federal, state, or local law.

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