AC Shop Supervisor

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA

Capitalizing on over 140 years of history and tradition in downtown Los Angeles, the University of Southern California (USC) has embarked on an unprecedented period of expansion. USC is now poised to take its place as the preeminent research institution of the 21st century and we are looking for skilled, motivated professionals to help forge the future of higher education.

The USC department of Facilities Planning and Management (FPM) – Operations & Maintenance is seeking an Air Conditioning (AC) Shop Supervisor with demonstrated superb leadership capabilities to join its team.

The Work You Will Do

The AC Shop Supervisor is responsible for supervising staff, daily operations and activities of the Air Conditioning trades unit. Plans, schedules, supervises and coordinates various skilled trade projects and activities. Trains skilled trades staff on Pay for Skills. Administers department budget. Provides leadership and guidance to ensure that high standards of quality, service, and customer satisfaction are maintained.


The AC Shop Supervisor:

  • Oversees air conditioning-related installations, maintenance and preventive maintenance activities and projects.

  • Supervises skilled air conditioning trades staff. Screens and interviews applicants and make hiring decisions. Trains staff and counsels or disciplines as needed. Provides performance feedback and prepares documented appraisals. Determines and/or recommends unit salary administration including raises, promotions and/or reclassifications.

  • Assesses skilled air conditioning trades staff’s workload and plans or schedules staff accordingly. Determines staffing needs for peak volumes and/or special projects and arranges for temporary workers. Authorizes overtime as appropriate. Ensures staff are adequately trained and cross-trained to promote continuity of operations during vacations and extended absences.

  • Trains and supports staff. Integrates the Pay for Skills program, provides forms and supplies, schedules training, and gives/receives feedback for staff training and development. Verifies completion of Pay for Skills training requirements.

  • Provides technical assistance to staff for training purposes and for problem solving. Provides background and implements, interprets departmental policies, procedures and guidelines.

  • Monitors workflow for efficiency and timeliness, sets priorities for projects and activities. Makes adjustments as needed to meet deadlines and commitments.

  • Schedules staff and organizes work in a logical manner to meet work related deadlines and to ensure efficient operations.

  • Reviews work for quality, completion, accuracy and adherence to internal operating policies and procedures. Addresses errors and problems and provides feedback.

  • Determines costs of equipment, materials and supplies and prices accordingly. Orders materials, supplies, and equipment. Liaises with vendors on issues related to products, services and delivery.

  • Contributes to the development of policies, procedures and internal systems which support the work of the unit. Defines needs and coordinates the development of manual and/or automated systems to facilitate workflow.

  • Develops and/or produces various operating reports (e.g., project status, work backlogs, etc.) as required.

  • Ensures records are kept up-to-date and maintained in accordance with applicable regulations. Requests and reviews city permits on projects, as necessary. Ensures compliance with building codes.

  •  Administers and assists with planning income and expense budgets. Develops projections. Tracks actual income and/or expenses and adjusts operating plans to address variances.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate for the position of AC Shop Supervisor meets the following preferred criteria:

  • Associate’s degree.

  • More than 6 years of leadership/supervisory experience.

  • Previous journey-level air conditioning trades experience.

  • Experience in an institutional setting, including within a facilities management organization.

  • Demonstrated effective oral/written communication skills.

  • Experience in administering and assisting with budget planning.

  • Experience utilizing Personal Computers and Computerized Maintenance Management Systems.

  • Active/valid Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Section 608 Universal certification.

Minimum Qualifications

All candidates for the position of AC Shop Supervisor must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • High school or equivalent; specialized/technical training.

  • 6 years of experience with progressive leadership/management/supervision experience.

  • Extensive knowledge of skilled trades; understanding of all aspects of skilled trades duties.

  • Thorough comprehension of job components for all projects, including other trades.

  • Thorough knowledge of city and state building codes, University standards and other requirements for workplace safety and structural integrity.

  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints, drawings, plans, specifications and/or sketches.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead and motivate a diverse workforce.

The annual base salary range for this position is $89,518.56 - $114,000.00. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

About USC Facilities Planning and Management (FPM) :

FPM is responsible for planning, developing, and maintaining the breadth of the facilities at USC, and is also dedicated to creating a safe environment for our USC community. Woven into every service, safety is of upmost importance. As FPM, this diverse group of innovative and talented professionals provide high quality facilities construction, operations and maintenance services at USC and serve as dedicated stewards of USC and FPM core values. FPM values integrity, excellence, well-being, open communication, accountability, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Come and join the FPM team – a team that works as trusted partners shaping an environment of innovation and excellence. Apply today!

The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.


Minimum Education: High School or equivalent Specialized/Technical Training Minimum Experience: 6 Years Minimum Field of Expertise: Extensive knowledge of skilled trades. Understanding of all aspects of skilled trades duties with progressive leadership/management/supervision experience. Thorough knowledge of city and state building codes, University standards and other requirements for work place safety and structural integrity. Ability to read and interpret blueprints, drawings, plans, specifications and/or sketches. Thorough comprehension of job components for all projects, including other trades. Demonstrated ability to lead and motivate a diverse workforce.


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