Alexandria, Minnesota (US)
Job Type:
Full Time

Commercial HVAC Crew Leader

Position Summary

The Commercial HVAC Crew Leader is responsible for the installation of large or small mechanical projects, including indoor and outdoor equipment, duct, gas piping, condensate piping, and all associated equipment and material. This position responds to additional work authorizations and change orders in response to requests from contractors or owners. The Commercial HVAC Crew Leader works on-site and is responsible for the efficient execution of the project and its on-time completion. The position collaborates with the Commercial HVAC Project Manager to order materials, schedule resources, schedule subcontractors, manage cash flow and coordinate with owners and contractors. The Commercial HVAC Crew Leader will report the project status to the project manager. The crew leader may work on projects as an installer under the project direction of another crew leader.

Thorough experience with the common practices, tools, and terminology of the mechanical trade; detailed knowledge of the use and characteristics of common mechanical equipment; capable of recognizing the hazards and safety precautions associated with the mechanical trade; skill in the use of tools and equipment; ability to work from sketches, drawings, plans, or specifications; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates; ability to communicate clearly. The Crew Leader will guide, train and work with new employees teaching them skills, safe work practices, and will provide direction to any apprentices. This is required to fulfill the duties of this position.


  • Collaborate with and follow directions from the Project Manager.
  • Provide expert knowledge to the project team.
  • Model servant leadership behaviors.
  • Act in a manner consistent with the Company values and their stated behaviors.
  • Onsite planning and coordination of work.
  • Performs work.
  • Look ahead and plan material orders and deliveries.
  • Schedule subcontractors and rental equipment.
  • Schedule inspections.
  • On-site point of contact for the general contractor or owner.
  • Provide onsite direction to the work crew.
  • Review plans to anticipate and avoid space conflicts, schedule conflicts, coordination errors, and other issues.
  • Serves as a technical resource for the work crew and others.
  • Make decisions to move the project forward in the most cost-effective manner, looking out for the customer and the Company’s best interest.
  • Understand and enforce all local and national codes and standards of workmanship.
  • Study and understand project scope, project plans and detail drawings, project specifications, addendums, submittals, and OEM documentation.
  • May run multiple projects at once.
  • Provide leadership to Journeymen and apprentice installers.
  • Communicate project status and other relevant information to stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with Accounting, Warehouse, Fabrication, and Operations staff as needed.
  • Continuously improve the level of knowledge within the mechanical trade, including new materials, tooling, methods, and know-how.
  • Manage onsite work in process materials, including material returns.
  • Perform work as required including but not limited to the installation of indoor and outdoor equipment, duct, gas piping, condensate piping, and all associated equipment and materials.
  • Manage project/process documentation, including submittals, red lines, as-builts, A.W.As., change orders, punch lists, daily sheets, packing slips, invoices, and receipts.
  • Ensures project quality.
  • Provide input into employee performance evaluations.
  • Provide input into Ellingsons Apprenticeship Program assessments and evaluations.
  • Follow and enforce Company policies, procedures, and methods.
  • Is responsible for job site safety and toolbox talks.
  • Keep any and all employees working safely while on site.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Blueprint reading.
  • Understanding of applicable building codes and trade standards.
  • Understanding of commercial construction.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects.
  • Ability to develop and execute project plans to deliver results.
  • Understanding of generally accepted accounting principles including cash flow management.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability.
  • Ability to develop and maintain professional relationships.
  • Licensed tradesman.
  • Three years’ experience in running >$500,000 projects.
  • Ability to lead crew sizes of five or more.
  • Ability to manage multi-floor commercial mechanical projects over a period of months.
  • Possess a broad knowledge of mechanical trade methods, materials, tooling, equipment, and apparatus.
  • Must know local and national codes and standards of workmanship.
  • Five years’ experience managing jobs and crews.


  • free family health, dental, and vision insurance
  • free life insurance
  • free short-term disability insurance
  • tuition assistance
  • scholarship program
  • 401k match
  • HSA and flexible spending accounts
  • uniform allowance
  • paid time off and paid holidays

About Us

Founded in 1980, Ellingsons provides customers with the best mechanical and electrical solutions. With over 100 employees in Alexandria, Minnesota, as well as Dickinson North Dakota, we serve these communities while maintaining a family-like environment.

Our highly-trained staff works closely with residential and commercial customers. We design, install and maintain our customers’ plumbing, HVAC, electrical, fireplace, fabrication, service, and commercial building automation needs. Learn more.

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Posted: April 14th, 2023

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