Electrical/HVAC Department

Rick Oberembt
Electrical/HVAC Supervisor

Department Responsibilities:

Duty Engineers:

  • Provide 24/7/365 response to HVAC, refrigeration, electrical and "off hour" emergency maintenance issues. To report a problem, call 3955. After office hours the phone transfers to Security who will contact the duty engineer.
  • Operate centralized Power Plants used for the production and distribution of steam and chilled water for campus needs.
  • Monitor and operate computerized building automation systems (BAS).

HVAC Technicians:

  • Install and provide regular repair and maintenance for Power Plant, BAS, HVAC, refrigeration and Food Service equipment.


  • Install new electrical distribution service and provide regular repair and maintenance of existing electrical distribution service, cabling and equipment.
  • Install, repair and maintain audio, video and communication cabling.
  • Operate and monitor video, time and score keeping systems and equipment during sporting events.

Tour the equipment at Forest Avenue Heating Plant

The department consists of 7 Duty Engineers, 8 HVAC technicians, 3 Electricians FTE and 1 seasonal Electrician.

Facility Services: 1422 27th Street
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM

University News
October 6, 2015
Drake students now have access to a new state-of-the-art collaborative learning space with industry-standard business tools, thanks to a generous $1.5 million gift from American Equity founder and Drake University supporter David J. Noble.