HVAC Specialist

Req ID #:  220184

Mattawan, MI, US, 49071

For 75 years, Charles River employees have worked together to assist in the discovery, development and safe manufacture of new drug therapies. When you join our family, you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. Whether your background is in life sciences, finance, IT, sales or another area, your skills will play an important role in the work we perform. In return, we’ll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.

Job Summary

We are seeking an HVAC Specialist for our Facilities department at our Mattawan, MI facility.


An HVAC Specialist is responsible for: performing a variety of master-level mechanical and pressure/temperature equipment repairs and maintenance that require close interface with other trade/craft functions; performing other semi-skilled tasks in the general maintenance of the physical plant; and providing work direction and mentorship to others performing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) projects. The individual in this role is a highly-skilled specialist who works on complex assignments and takes a high degree of initiative to resolve issues and recommend new procedures.

Essential Functions
•    Monitor and maintain HVAC systems including high/low temperature, water and electricity. Isolate and identify malfunctioning equipment for repair, adjustment, and replacement. 
•    Interpret instructions and guidelines for maintaining appropriate humidly and temperature requirements and minimum air changes and direction flow as required, including for animal rooms. 
•    Observe and interpret readings on gauges, meters, and charts to ensure correct functioning of systems. Perform adjustments, repairs and replacement of parts and equipment following written specifications such as blueprints, drawings and schematics. May calibrate equipment.
•    Assist management in environmental system design and utility cost-reduction programs. Perform and direct maintenance and construction of physical plant environmental systems. 
•    Dismantle equipment/fixtures and plan systematic replacement or repair of accessories and parts and return equipment to operation.
•    Oversee HVAC-related tasks being performed by other department personnel. Inspect completed work for quality, safety, and proper operation.
•    Coordinate maintenance work with other departments and divisions; maintain accurate records of maintenance and repair work.
•    Periodically perform preventative maintenance programs as required.
•    Perform other semi-skilled tasks as assigned to assist in the general maintenance of the physical plant.
•    Respond to emergencies as needed. Provide 24-hour on-call maintenance coverage, as scheduled in rotation.
•    May perform waste vacuum maintenance.
•    Perform all other related duties as assigned, such as team leadership, mentoring, and training.


The pay range for this position is $35-$38 per hour. Please note that salaries vary within the range based on factors including, but not limited to, experience, skills, education, certifications, and location.

Job Qualifications

Qualifications include but are not limited to:
•    HS/GED/Bachelor's degree with 6 or more years of relevant experience; contract research organization experience preferred. Certification or valid HVAC license (where required by state) preferred.
•    An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
•    Demonstrated ability to problem solve, make decisions, provide leadership in absence of supervision, prioritize workload/projects, and work effectively in a team-based environment. 
•    Demonstrated knowledge of environmental system maintenance and design.
•    Ability to communicate verbally and in writing at all levels inside and outside the organization.
•    Basic familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite.
•    Computer skills, commensurate with Essential Functions, including the ability to learn a validated system.
•    Ability to work extended hours beyond normal work schedule to include, but not limited to evenings, weekends, extended shifts, and/or extra shifts, sometimes on short notice.
•    Ability to work under specific time constraints.

About Safety Assessment
Charles River is committed to helping our partners expedite their preclinical drug development with exceptional safety assessment services, state-of-the-art facilities and expert regulatory guidance. From individual specialty toxicology and IND enabling studies to tailored packages and total laboratory support, our deeply experienced team can design and execute programs that anticipate challenges and avoid roadblocks for a smooth, efficient journey to market.  Each year approximately 300 investigational new drug (IND) programs are conducted in our Safety Assessment facilities.


About Charles River
Charles River is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). We have built upon our foundation of laboratory animal medicine and science to develop a diverse portfolio of discovery and safety assessment services, both Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP, to support clients from target identification through preclinical development. Charles River also provides a suite of products and services to support our clients’ clinical laboratory testing needs and manufacturing activities. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs, enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market.


With over 20,000 employees within 110 facilities in over 20 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client’s unique challenges. Our client base includes global pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, government agencies and hospitals and academic institutions around the world.


At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guide us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe. We have proudly supported the development of 86% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2021.


Equal Employment Opportunity

Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.


If you are interested in applying to Charles River Laboratories and need special assistance or an accommodation due to a disability to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the resume submission process, please contact a member of our Human Resources team by sending an e-mail message to [email protected]. This contact is for accommodation requests for individuals with disabilities only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.


For more information, please visit www.criver.com.

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