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City of Torrance
Class Code: 5310

Class Designation: Civil Service

October 2012 (Revised)

Representation Unit: Torrance Professional &
Supervisory Association


Air Conditioning/Heating and Electrical Supervisor


Under direction, plans, organizes and directs the work of employees engaged in all phases of installation, maintenance and repair of heating, air conditioning (HVAC) and facility electrical systems to insure all are functioning properly in all City facilities; oversees work of contractors; and performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Distinguished from Facility Services Manager in that the incumbent is not responsible for managing the entire Facility Services Division.  Distinguished from Air Conditioning/Heating Technicians and Electricians in that the Technicians and Electricians are not responsible for organizing, inspecting, and evaluating work performed by others.
Supervision Exercised/Received
Receives direction from Facilities Services Manager; and provides direction to Air Conditioning/Heating Technicians and Electricians.

Example Of Duties

The following duties represent the principal job duties; however, they are not all-inclusive.
  • Plans, schedules, assigns, monitors and evaluates the work of employees engaged in all phases of installation, repair, and maintenance of commercial heating, air conditioning and facility electrical systems including their associated components;
  • Coordinates the preparation of  HVAC and electrical specifications and schematics of heating, filtration, circulation, refrigeration equipment and electrical components to increase energy efficiency and standardize heating and air conditioning systems in all City facilities;
  • Analyzes air conditioning and heating systems to determine source and solutions of system problems;
  • Identifies, selects and may purchase materials and parts required to maintain, replace and improve the heating and air conditioning systems;
  • Assists in developing bid specifications and coordinates bidding process with vendors;
  • Insures compliance with contract specifications by inspecting the work of vendors; monitors heating, air conditioning, electrical, and aquatic circulation and filtration systems to locate and repair defective parts by using various testing devices;
  • Assists with functions performed by line staff as necessary to maintain adequate service levels;
  • Inspects, tests, adjusts, repairs, installs, and services all types of refrigeration and heating equipment;
  • Prepares periodic and special reports and makes recommendations to division manager;
  • Maintains positive customer relations and successfully resolves complaints and issues;
  • Supervises staff which includes instructing, assigning, planning and reviewing work, evaluating work performance and completing performance evaluations, coordinating activities, maintaining standards, allocating personnel, acting on employee problems, selecting new employees and implementing employee discipline;
  • Determines section training needs, develops, implements and coordinates training programs for assigned personnel and oversees training of new staff to ensure staff performs their duties safely and effectively;
  • Remain current o n and enforce applicable safety and regulatory rules including CAL-OSHA, AQMD and other pertinent local, state and federal regulations and guidelines; participate in City and department safety programs and committees;
  • Use a computer to access Direct Digital Control (DDC) and Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) software in order to maintain and operate facilities and equipment.
  • Examples of other Duties

    The following duties represent duties that are generally performed by this position, but are not considered to be principal job duties:
  • Participates in the development of related goals, objectives, policies, and procedures;
  • Establish schedules and methods for providing maintenance and repair services; identify resource needs; review needs with appropriate management staff; allocate resources accordingly;
  • Coordinate activities with those of other divisions and outside agencies and organizations; provide staff assistance to management staff; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence;
  • Serves on boards, teams and committees as assigned;
  • May represent the division and/or department at public meetings, etc., as required;
  • Performs other related duties.
  • Minimum Qualifications

    Knowledge of
  • Complex commercial and industrial HVAC systems and component parts;
  • Building electrical systems and component parts;
  • Electrical motors related to HVAC systems up to and including 480 volt - 3 phase;
  • Direct Digital Controls as they apply to HVAC and/or building systems;
  • Standard methods, equipment, parts and materials used to inspect, test, maintain, repair, upgrade and install commercial and industrial HVAC systems;
  • Applicable National, State and Local Building, Mechanical, Plumbing, Electrical and Fire Codes as they apply to HVAC and Electrical work within City facilities;
  • Energy management techniques;
  • Safe work practices, procedures and regulations;
  • Principles of supervision, training and employee relations;
  • Basic English, grammar, spelling, punctuation, vocabulary and arithmetic;
  • City codes and ordinances, and administrative rules and regulations affecting departmental operations;
  • Public relations and customer service techniques, including telephone etiquette;
  • City and Department Mission including strategic goals and objectives;
  • General City operations.
  • Ability to
  • Plan and layout a comprehensive work program;
  • Determine the air conditioning, heating, ventilation and electrical needs of City buildings;
  • Estimate material, labor, equipment, part and tool costs pertaining to HVAC and electrical projects;
  • Efficiently utilize energy management techniques;
  • Read and interpret building plans, drawings, specifications, blueprints, and schematics;
  • Analyze air conditioning and heating systems to determine source and solutions to problems;
  • Prepare routine oral and written reports;
  • Supervise the work of subordinate staff including coordinating, assigning, monitoring and evaluating work, hiring, training, counseling and disciplining staff;
  • Deal constructively with conflict and develop effective resolutions;
  • Manage multiple tasks, as well as determine priorities and adjust work schedule accordingly;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the department, other departments, contractors, vendors and the general public;
  • Implement and adhere to City and department rules, regulations and policies that govern assigned services and operations;
  • Learn and utilize new skills and information to improve job performance and efficiency. 
  • License Required

    Possess and maintain a valid California Class C Drivers' License.
    Possession of a valid EPA Section 608 Universal Technician Certification from an approved U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Technician Certification Program.

    Education and Experience

    Any combination of education and experience that provides the knowledge and skills required is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills would be:
    Seven years of journey level experience in commercial heating and air conditioning system maintenance and repair that included at least two years of supervisory experience. An Associates Degree in HVAC Technology or completion of a refrigeration/heating apprentice training program may be substituted for two years of the required journey level experience.

    Special Requirements

    Performance of the essential duties of this position includes the following physical demands and/or working conditions:
    Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting and in a field environment; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull moderate to heavy amounts of weight; to operate assigned equipment and vehicles; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information. 
    Requires the ability to frequently lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects which may weigh up to 50 pounds.  Requires the ability to climb ladders of various heights.  May be required to work around moving mechanical parts and electrical equipment in a safe manner. Tasks require color and visual perception and discrimination, as well as oral communications ability.  Work is regularly performed outside in seasonal climate and weather conditions.  May be required to work in inclement weather without effective protection from sun, cold, and rain.  May be required to work within enclosed spaces or at heights above ground level. 
    Frequent overtime work may be required.
    Career Ladder Information
    Experience gained in this classification in addition to training, coursework and required certifications may serve to meet the minimum requirements for promotion to Facilities Services Manager.