Regional HVAC Technician (Immediate Opening)
IDEA Public Schools
 Weslaco, TX

About IDEA Public Schools:

At IDEA Public Schools, we believe in college for ALL and we are committed to ensuring that all our students graduate from college. IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States sending 100% of our students to college. 50% of our students graduate from college in 6 years – that’s 8 times the national rate for students in our communities!

IDEA was founded in 2000 as a single school with 150 students in the Rio Grande Valley. When interest exceeded building capacity, to meet the demands, IDEA’s co-founders committed to serving more students in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and beyond. We now serve nearly 53,000 students across Texas and Louisiana. By 2022, IDEA will serve 100,000 students. Be on the lookout for IDEA schools opening near you—with continued growth in our current regions and new launches in Houston (2020), Permian Basin (2020), and Tampa Bay (2021)!

When you choose to work at IDEA, you are part of our IDEA Team and Family. You will work alongside team members who set and reach ambitious goals every day, are excited to continue to grow with IDEA, and work relentlessly to make college for all a reality.

To learn more about IDEA, check out this video.

About the Rio Grande Valley:

Since 2000, IDEA Public Schools has grown from a school of 150 students in Donna, TX to the fastest- growing family of tuition-free, public charter schools in the United States. In the Rio Grande Valley, we are a nucleus of four counties (Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Willacy County) that work as one unit to support our children academically and holistically.

RGV is home to a population of just over 1.3 million residents. Children across the region truly benefit from IDEA’s mission of college for all as only 1 out of 17 students graduate college ready. Our mission holds true as we have 2,400 IDEA alumni that currently attend, or have graduated from, 150 colleges and universities across the country.

Join our passionate team of changemakers in south Texas as we prepare to expand our home region to 55 schools, serving over 38,000 students in 2022.

Role Mission:

The HVAC Technician is responsible for the care and service of equipment in order to sustain satisfactory operating conditions through inspection, detection and correction of emerging failures before they occur or develop into major defects.


100% of the campuses in the RGV region complete the HVAC preventive maintenance plan and recommend repairs.

  • Perform routine and preventive maintenance of HVAC equipment.
  • Inspect HVAC systems and their components (e.g. heating units, building exhaust fans, ventilation units, etc.) to evaluate condition, identify necessary repairs.
  • Diagnose the cause of problems and/or failures in heating/air conditioning/ventilation systems for the purpose of identifying equipment and/or systems repair and/or replacements.
  • Prepare written materials (e.g. repair status, activity logs, etc.) as required.
  • Inform management regarding procedures and/or status of work orders.

100% of the HVAC filters in the RGV region are serviced at a minimum four times a year.

  • Responsible for the HVAC air filters replacements.
  • Manage a safe inventory for day-to-day operations.

The RGV region achieves a 5% reduction in district kwh usage.

  • Reports any deviation from the normal operation of equipment to the HVAC.
  • Hands-on investigation on the HVAC units and assuring every HVAC is following the unoccupied schedule.

3% decrease in the RGV region on the HVAC repair cost of Facilities Contracted Services Over Prior Year.

  • Diagnoses needed repairs to avoid reactive charges.
  • Collaborate with management to prevent overcharges and unnecessary costs

We look for Team and Family who embody the following values and characteristics:

  • Believes and is committed to our mission and being an agent of change: that all students are capable of getting to and through college
  • Has demonstrated effective outcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them
  • Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve quickly.
  • Works with urgency and purpose to drive student outcomes
  • Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change
  • Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization
  • Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes
  • We believe in education as a profession and hold ourselves to high level of conduct, professionalism and behaviors as models for our colleagues and students.


  • Troubleshooting and repair knowledge of heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems in small, medium and large commercial buildings
  • Practical knowledge of building automation controls an asset
  • Practical knowledge of start-up and commissioning of building automation systems
  • Strong mechanical aptitude
  • Environmental Protection Agency - EPA Universal Certification
  • Driver’s License

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Possess effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent problem-solving and customer service skills
  • Self-motivated individual with strong ability to follow instructions and work alone, as well as work effectively within a team
  • Ability to display professional company image
  • Ability to pass a background check for criminality
  • Strong ability to write and read in English language
  • Ability to lift items weighing up to 100lbs safely
  • Strong ability to operate under severe temperature condition of 120 or more for long periods of time
  • Ability to work on weekends, at night, and to work overtime


  • Compensation for this role is set at an hourly rate ranging between $16/hour and $20/hour, commensurate with relevant qualifications and experience.