Hvacr Technician

County of San Diego
1.25 per per week $76,377 - $91,644 Per year California USA



See NOTE(S) below for future wage increases and/or additional compensation opportunities.

HVACR Technician positions perform skilled installation, maintenance, and repair work on heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration; chillers and boilers; install and repair automatic and electrical control systems; perform electrical and mechanical tests; read blueprints and plans; estimate time and materials; maintain computerized records; apply productivity time guidelines and other required data to work repair forms as directed; lead the work and training of apprentices and other assigned personnel; and perform other duties as assigned.


  • Employees in job classifications represented by AFSME Local 127 are scheduled to receive the following general wage increases:

4% effective 7/1/24

2% effective 1/1/25

5% effective 7/1/25

  • In addition to the scheduled general wage increases, the following special salary wage increase is also scheduled to take effect for HVACR Technician:                            

5% effective 1/1/25

5% effective 1/1/26

  • Eligible benefitted employees originally hired on or after July 10, 2021, will be automatically enrolled in the San Diego City Employees Retirement System (SDCERS).
  • HVACR Technician employees are required to work both indoors and outdoors, sometimes in extreme weather conditions or a cramped workspace, and may be exposed to hazards of building maintenance (e.g., lead, asbestos).
  • Employees assigned to the Asbestos Containment Team (Team) shall receive additional compensation of $1.25 per hour while performing asbestos containment work. 
  • HVACR Technicians employees may require working on a stand-by basis for which they may receive 5% additional pay.
  • A $1.25 per hour Special Assignment Pay shall be paid to employees assigned to perform confined space entries. 
  • If work conditions require it, HVACR Technician employees may be required to be clean-shaven in order to meet respiratory requirements and be able to pass a respiratory fitness test utilizing a self-contained breathing apparatus.
  • HVACR Technician employees are required to perform physical tasks including lifting, stooping, bending, squatting, reaching, and twisting.


You must meet the following requirements on the date you apply, unless otherwise indicated.


: You must meet ONE of the following options:

  1. Successful completion of a state-accredited four or five-year Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic or Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning Technician Apprenticeship Program.
  2. Four years of full-time experience performing work as a journey-level Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning Technician. Qualifying experience MUST include installing, maintaining, and repairing the following: Refrigeration; ventilating; and combined heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Air conditioning systems MUST meet capacities of five tons or more to qualify.
  3. An equivalent combination of experience and apprenticeship training as specified above that equals four years.


  • City of San Diego employees using Out-of-Class Assignment (OCA) experience to qualify must submit written documentation signed by their appointing authority or payroll specialist, detailing the work performed, dates, and total number of qualifying OCA hours. OCA experience without the required documentation will NOT be considered.

CERTIFICATE: A valid Universal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Section 608 Certificate.



A valid California Class C Driver License is required at the time of hire.



  • College-level course work in Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Environmental Control Technology or HVAC.
  • Experience with chillers, boilers, pool boilers, and/or gas appliances.


  • Proof of Universal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Section 608 Certificate. 
  • Proof of apprenticeship completion, if utilized to meet the minimum requirements.
  • Proof of apprenticeship transcript/hours of completion, if utilized to meet the minimum requirements.
  • For City of San Diego employees, proof of Out-of-Class Assignment (OCA), if utilized to meet the minimum requirements.

Required documents should be attached electronically to your application. If you are unable to attach at the time of application submittal, you must submit them as soon as possible via fax: (619) 533-3337; or to the Employment Information Center: City of San Diego Personnel Department, 1200 Third Avenue - Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92101. Include your name and the title of the position for which you are applying.


Please ensure all information is complete and accurate as the responses you provide on the supplemental questions will be reviewed using an automated evaluation system. If you are successful in this initial screening process, your application will be reviewed for applicable education, experience, and/or training to ensure all minimum requirements have been met. Successful candidates will be placed on a list which will be used to fill position vacancies during the next six months (180 days). For each vacancy, only those candidates with the most appropriate qualifications will be contacted by the hiring department for an interview.


PRE-EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS: Employment offers are conditional pending the results of all screening processes applicable to this position, which may include the following: confirmation of citizenship or legal right to work in the United States; completion of a pre-employment medical review and exam (which may include drug and alcohol testing); reference checks; and fingerprinting. Fingerprints will be submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the California Department of Justice for a conviction record report. Certain positions may require additional screening processes, including a polygraph examination and/or background investigation. All screening processes must be successfully completed before employment begins. A positive test result for alcohol, cannabis/marijuana, illegal drugs, or inadequately explained prescription drugs, or misrepresentation, falsification, or omission of pertinent facts in any step of the screening or selection process, may constitute cause for disqualification or termination of employment. Nothing in this job posting constitutes an express or implied contract for employment with the City of San Diego. Candidates must notify the Personnel Department of any change in their name, mailing address, email address, or phone number, otherwise they may miss employment opportunities.

Rev. 2- April 19, 2024 (Closing Date Extended)