HVACR Technician, Lead (Refrigeration Mechanic) in Baghdad at PAE

Date Posted: 7/29/2020

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Job Description

Supporting the Most Exciting and Meaningful Missions in the World

HVACR Technician, Lead (Refrigeration Mechanic)

PAE is seeking an HVACR Technician, Lead to support state department operations in Iraq. The duties and responsibilities listed below are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive.  The HVACR Technician must be willing to be located on any of three sites within Iraq.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Provides leadership, supervison and oversight for all mechanical, plumbing and HVAC operation and maintenance requirements for the compound
  • 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 equipment and support systems for embassy operation and maintenance activities
  • Completes records, maintains tools and equipment, and performs various clean-up activities
  • 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
  • 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
  • Connect blower motors (1/4-70hp), compressors, temperature controls, humidity controls, and connect control panels to power source
  • 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  

Required Experience

  • The ideal 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 experience
  • Two to five years of overseas work experience
  • Ability to collect, analyze and summarize data and prepare daily reports and work orders
  • Required is DX experience on larger units (5-100 tons)
  • Must have hands-on experience with repairs, troubleshooting, and maintenance on these types of systems  
  • 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
  • A high school diploma or equivalent
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance prior to being hired for the position
  • Must maintain eligibility at the required certification level for the duration of the contract
  • Professional English communication skills, both oral and written
  • Expert computer skills, specifically in Microsoft Word and Excel

Desired Experience

  • 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 Trade
  • Relevant overseas HVAC 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


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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