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HVAC Engineer Rubin Museum of Art

HVAC Engineer - The Rubin Museum of Art

Full Time

Position: The Rubin Museum seeks an HVAC engineer to work as part of a three person team reporting to the Facilities Manager and Chief of Engineering.  In this position, the HVAC Engineer play a vital role in making sure the systems related to heating, air conditioning, and ventilation among others are properly functioning to meet the required specifications and standards of the museum’s buildings. In this position the HVAC Engineer must be able to work one weekend day per week and have the flexibility to work occasionally late nights and as needed. This is a full-time non-exempt position.

The incumbent will report to the Facilities Manager/Chief of Engineering and work closely with the Lead HVAC Engineer.

About the Museum 

The Rubin Museum of Art is a dynamic environment that stimulates learning, promotes understanding, and inspires personal connections to the ideas, cultures, and art of the Himalayas.

Now in its second decade, the Rubin has welcomed over 200,000 visitors in the past year and has a growing membership of more than 4,000 households.

Within its five floors of galleries are several long-term rotating installations drawn from the permanent collection as well as frequent short-term exhibitions that are more broadly conceived. The Rubin’s collection includes over 3,500 objects spanning more than 1,500 years up to the present day. Renowned for its quality and depth, the collection focuses on art from the Tibetan Plateau and is broadened by a significant number of important examples from surrounding regions.

The Rubin presents films, performances, and on-stage conversations as well as a robust roster of other educational initiatives. The ground floor anchored by its magnificent staircase is free and open to all visitors and provides a lively nexus for conversation, shopping, refreshment and dining.


Operates, performs preventative maintenance, troubleshoots and repairs all HVAC systems. 

Operates the Building Management System (BMS) using applicable software

Additionally responsibility include plumbing, electric, generator, door locks and other building related mechanical equipment.

Working knowledge of a fire alarm system and its components

Responds to all facility calls related to HVAC, water leaks, electrical problems and door locks.

Works close with the Lead HVAC Engineer and Chief Engineer 

Performs all other duties as assigned


A high school diploma or GED equivalent.

New York City Refrigeration’s License (Certificate of Fitness) from the NYC Fire Department.

Minimum of 5 years’ experience related to HVAC systems, preventative maintenance; operation; troubleshooting and the repairs of all HVAC mechanical equipment.

Proficiency working with absorbers, electrical chillers, condenser and chilled water pumps, cooling towers, air handlers, boilers and experience with a building management system.

Working experience with tools of the trades related to HVAC, electric, and plumbing.

A customer service oriented attitude and the ability to remain calm under stress, and to work effectively and efficiently with other staff members and vendors.

Must have good written and oral communications skills.

Excellent organizational and time management skills and be able to work with minimum supervision a plus.

Knowledge of Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel and Outlook) a plus.

Must be detailed oriented and be able to prioritize.

Any other related certification or licensure a plus. 

Prior museum experience a plus.

The ability to work one weekend day plus one early evening each week and to occasionally work on special events as needed.

The Rubin Museum offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits. 

Please provide the following as part of your application:

• Complete resume.

• A cover letter addressing both your interest in the Rubin Museum, and your 

   qualifications for this position.


Please indicate HVAC Engineer on Subject Line of email or in body of cover letter.

Applications in electronic format preferred, and accepted at

Mailed applications – Head of Human Resources, Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011.