HVAC Technician - The Bahamas

// Full Time // Negotiable
  • Production Manufacturing


My client is a “fine chemical contract manufacturer” producing bulk API for leading biopharmaceutical companies. The Company currently operates Plant 2, a state of the art production facility in Freeport, Grand Bahama in the Bahamas. On the 69 acre site, the company employs approximately 150 people but plans to expand its employee base to 180 people by 2018.


The company and its partner client are now expanding their relationship so the Company can also provide additional API’s and chemical pharmaceutical intermediates for a client’s growing pipeline of new products. For this purpose, they broke ground on March 31, 2016 on Plant 3, a second manufacturing facility on its Freeport site that has been designed to house up to 175 cubic meters of reaction capacity. Mechanical completion of the new facility is expected by year-end 2018.


Given the company’s significantly expanding operational footprint the next stage in requirement requires the hiring of a highly skilled and experienced HVAC Refrigeration Specialist to strengthen the technical depth and expertise of the enterprise. 

The Position


The HVAC & Refrigeration Specialist monitors and repairs HVAC systems critical to the production process at PCT. The HVAC Engineer assists in planning the repairs, preventative maintenance of ventilation, heating and refrigeration equipment and their associated auxiliaries are essential to plant performance. The position works with minimal supervision and will train, review and monitor the work of other assigned personnel while performing a variety of technical duties relative to area of assigned responsibility.

The HVAC & Refrigeration Specialist will be based at corporate headquarters in Freeport, Grand Bahama in the Bahamas.


The HVAC & Refrigeration Specialist will report to the Mechanical Coordinator.


Specific responsibilities of the HVAC & Refrigeration Specialist will include the following:





The HVAC & Refrigeration Specialist must demonstrate advanced proficiency in refrigeration technology and is responsible for maintaining, troubleshooting and repairing the following equipment listed below, which is not by any means an exhaustive list:


  • Dedicated room-capacity air conditioning units.
  • Centralized, self-contained air conditioning systems.
  • Chilled water air conditioning systems and units.
  • Refrigerated trailers and their dedicated refrigerated systems.
  • Cooling Towers.
  • Industrial chilled water (200 ton medium temperature) chiller systems.
  • Industrial brine (200 ton low temperature) chiller systems.
  • Pumps
  • Compressors
  • Reactor drives
  • Mechanical seal installation/repair
  • Hydraulic systems repair


In addition, the HVAC & Refrigeration Specialist is responsible for associated air handlers, balancing of air flows in central A/C systems, and the balancing of liquid flows in cooling loops of the industrial cooling systems, as well as maintenance of filtration systems associated with these systems.



Qualifications and Experience


The successful candidate must possess a relevant recognised trade qualification or equivalent an Associate’s Degree in Refrigeration, or in a mechanical discipline, or City and Guilds or a Refrigeration Certificate from an approved institution; along with 8 yrs. of experience in the industrial maintenance field.


The successful candidate must possess high school/trade school diploma (proficiency in Mathematics, English and Physics) along with 15 yrs. of experience in the industrial maintenance field.


The HVAC & Refrigeration Specialist must have demonstrated no less than 5 years of experience with refrigeration systems.



Specialized skills/attributes, knowledge etc.: 


The successful candidate must have expertise in the following:


                5.1          Ability to maintain and repair equipment to as installed conditions

in supporting maximum availability for production.


                5.2       Uses training, past history, tables handbooks, manuals, supervisors, and

other informed persons and CMMS as a source of judgment for assignments.


5.3         Maintains and constantly upgrades a working understanding of plant

production processes, systems, and auxiliaries.


5.4         Works harmoniously with engineering, technical, production or outside

personal and provides a leadership role when requested.


5.5          Must demonstrate good verbal and written communication skills.


5.6       Must demonstrate the ability to communicate verbally and electronically 

            to venders and define required items or parts regarding equipment.


5.7      Must demonstrate good leadership skills.


5.8          Must display high physical and mental condition, should have no problem lifting 25 kg unassisted.


5.9          Must display ability to work safely with minimum supervision.


5.10        Must display ability to assist in organizing work.


5.11     Must display ability to take care of critical diagnostic tools.


5.12            Must be willing to participate in a Callout Roster System for work after regular hours to provide emergency service to the.



Compensation and Benefits


My client will construct a highly competitive compensation package reflecting the importance of this role which will be consistent with the caliber of individual it seeks for this position. The package will contain the following items:


A relocation package will also be provided.


  • Base Salary
  • Annual cash bonus based on company and individual performance
  • Paid home leave annually for the employee and his/her family
  • Annual Living Allowance to cover all local costs including accommodation, meals, car, transport etc…
  • Paid annual vacation
  • Medical insurance for employee and his/her dependents
  • A generous Relocation package


If you are interested and excited by this opportunity to further your career in a new start up facility if a beautiful tropical location and you meet the criteria above, then please send your CV in total confidence for immediate review to shane.gleeson@cpl.ie




Immigration Requirements


The company will make and support all applications for a work permit for any non-Bahamian national. Work permits are typically renewed on an annual basis.


Living and Working in the Bahamas


The Bahama Islands are an archipelago of about 700 islands and 2.400 uninhabited islets and cays lying 50 miles off the east coast of Florida. They extend for roughly 750 miles and only about 30 of the islands are inhabited, with an estimated population of 350,000. 


Nassau is the capital, largest city and commercial center of the Bahamas. The city has a population of 250,000 and is located on the island of New Providence. Freeport is the second largest city in the Bahamas with a population of 50,000. Freeport is located on the island of Grand Bahama and is known as the industrial capital of the Bahamas. Both Nassau and Freeport offer natural beauty, luxury living accommodations and international accessibility by sea and air.




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Job Overview

  • JO-1712-365019
  • Shane Gleeson
  • April 9, 2018
  • Negotiable
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