Lead Operating Engineer

San Jose, CA
May 08, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job ID: 24550
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job Code: 6707
Department: Co-Generation Plant


Classification: Lead Building Service Engineer
Salary Range: $5,647/month - $7,159/month
FLSA status: Non - Exempt

San Jose State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package. For more information on programs available, please visit http://www.sjsu.edu/hr/benefits/

About the Position

Under general supervision of the Energy Engineer, the Lead Operating Engineer works with and provides lead work direction to operating engineers involved in operating, servicing and performing maintenance activities following appropriate safety procedures on various mechanical equipment such as gas turbines, generators, gas compressors, air emission systems and water purifiers in a campus power plant. Operate and perform maintenance on other related power plant equipment such as boilers, diesel or gas reciprocating engines, and other mechanical auxiliary equipment. Monitor instrumentation gauges for operating problems. Operate and monitor the power plant's computer-based management system as it interfaces with the Energy Management System (EMS). Endeavor to coordinate the operation of power plant equipment in order to produce the optimum amount of energy in the most cost-effective manner, to ensure a clean, safe an attractive learning environment. Position makes decisions based upon sound maintenance practice. The Lead Operating Engineer assists in coordination and planning, laying out jobs, preparing material lists, and ordering supplies for jobs.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
- Assist in the operation, maintenance, repair and inspection of heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, ventilation and water treatment as it pertains to cogeneration or power systems; examples include: hot water boilers, chillers, condensers, compressors, circulating water pumps, blower fans, valves, ducting, gauges and manhole covers.
- Render emergency repairs to steam, natural gas, water and air systems and oil distribution systems.
- Responsible for proper distribution of the electrical system and the electricity produced by the power plant, plus the proper transfer from on-station usage to alternate users.
- Repair and replace bearings, shafts, seals, rings and electrical wiring in the installation of central system parts, gauges, valves and pipes which require the application of appropriate specialized skills and knowledge.
- Monitor instrumentation gauges for natural gas leaks, turbine and generation bearing temperatures, turbine and generator vibration, resistivity of de-ionized water and liquid/gas fuel valve positions.
- Test, adjust and calibrate boiler and turbine control systems.
- Make sophisticated balance and vibration checks on gas turbine engine, diesel engine and gas compressor.
- Operate, calibrate and maintain the oxygen trim systems on package boilers.
- Monitor and check natural gas pressures from the main distribution system.
- Sample and treat fuel oil by introducing additives as prescribed by dosage charts.
- Make visual observations of turbine exhaust in order to evaluate and correct exhaust to maintain acceptable emission levels.
- Operate the power plant's computer-based management system as it interfaces with the main Energy Management System (EMS).
- Operate the computer-based domestic water well monitoring system.
- Monitor computer functions to start, stop and control the kilowatt output of the generator through electrical control systems.
- Interpret input/output energy calculations and equipment efficiency calculations.
- Lead Responsibilities
- Emergency Response and Preparedness
- Staff Safety and Training
- Inspection/Record Keeping

Education and Experience

Four years of journey level experience in the operation, maintenance and repair of boilers, diesel or gas reciprocating engines and other related mechanical equipment. Experience must include at least two years of project coordination work. Experience and/or training in the operation of a power plant's computer-based management system are desirable.

Preferred Qualifications

- Associate's Degree in a technical field
- Five years of journey level experience in the operation, maintenance and repair of boilers, gas turbines, chillers, high-voltage switchgear, and other related mechanical equipment.
- Five years of operation and maintenance supervisory experience.
- Universal refrigeration license.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

- Knowledge of electric, electronic, pneumatic and digitally controlled building automation systems
- Knowledge of high and low pressure boilers and heating, pneumatic, ventilating, and other mechanical equipment.
- Knowledge of ventilation principles, thermal dynamics, and closed water systems.
- Knowledge of energy management systems including the ability to understand and use system features.
- Knowledge of electrical voltage, plumbing refrigeration, electrical and plumbing codes, thermodynamics, and automated energy/environmental management systems.
- Ability to install, operate and repair HVAC equipment and systems.
- Ability to use judgement and discretion in determining the methods and priorities of work orders.
- Ability to perform skilled electrical and plumbing work.
- Ability to diagnose and repair major malfunctions in the complex multi-zone air conditioning systems.
- Ability to devise and control air distribution efficiently with maximum comfort.
- Ability to read interpret and work from blueprints, plans, drawings and specifications, and make rough sketches.
- Ability to estimate cost, time and materials of mechanical work.
- Ability to maintain records and retrieve data related to work performed using manual and/or computerized record-keeping systems, and to prepare standard reports.
- Ability to provide instruction to unskilled and semi-skilled assistants.
- Ability to analyze and respond appropriately to emergency situations.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Ability to read and write at a level appropriate to the position, and to perform arithmetic calculations as required by the position.
- A valid California Driver's License is required at time of hire for the operation of any vehicle required for this position.
- Ability to successfully complete the Defensive Driver Training Program provided by the State of California for CSU campuses, and pass the course exam.
- Ability to accommodate a work schedule that varies according to operational needs and includes evening and weekend hours.
- Ability to meet the requirements of and participate in all OSHA required annual hearing tests and physical examinations to determine fitness to wear a respirator required by OSHA to be worn in an asbestos, lead or chemical exposure environment
- Ability to rotate through various shift assignments at stations either in a central plant or in the utilities centers of individual buildings or campus center for the operation, service and repair of low, medium, or high-speed revolution cogeneration equipment.
- Ability to participate in all OSHA required physicals and examinations.

Posting Date

May 7, 2018

Application Screening

Application Screening begins May 28, 2018
Applications received before that date will receive first consideration.

This position is open until filled; however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.

Required Application Material:

Letter of interest
Complete SJSU Online Employment Application

Please note that failure to completely fill out each section of the online application may result in your application not receiving consideration.

Note To Applicant

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a conditional offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


All San Jos State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Equal Employment Statement

SJSU is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

It is the policy of SJSU to provide reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities who self disclose.

Contact Information

One Washington Square San Jose, CA 95192-0046
Phone: 408-924-2250


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