Utility Plant Operator

May 21, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Utility Plant Operator

Department Summary:
The Department of Facilities Management and Planning is committed to provide the best service to our students and employees at Bridgewater State University. Our mission is to create, maintain, and manage a physical environment that enhances teaching, learning, and living; and serves to support our campus constituents and our region through responsible stewardship of resources.

Position Summary:
Utility Plant Operator

This is a full-time, 12 month, AFSCME position.

TOUR OF DUTY: Monday through Friday, 7:00 am - 3:30 pm.*
DAYS OFF: Saturday and Sunday*
LOCATION: Campus Wide
This is an essential position.

Operate, maintain and repair heating and air conditioning chiller systems; operate electronic controls for heating and air conditioning systems; monitor general, mechanical and/or electrical repairs on power distribution, chilled water, gas, domestic and de-ionized water, signal, fire alarm, security, remote building equipment monitoring, sanitary, acid waste and storm drain systems. Performs related duties as required. Writes & reviews technical specifications for equipment and projects by college and outside contractors. Participates in on-call rotation and details.

State Job Specifications are available in the Human Resources Office or on the Human Resources website: www.bridgew.edu/hr.

*Initial assignment only. Subject to change according to institutional needs.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate employment eligibility in accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

Position Type: AFSCME Classified

Essential Duties:
1. Operates, maintains and repairs heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, including chilled water recirculating pumps, chilled water condenser pumps, air compressors, firehouse fans, air-supply and recirculating fans, electric heating coils, electric cabinet unit heaters, electric baseboard radiation units, pedestal electric baseboard heating units, cooling coils and chilled water BTU meters, hyperchlorite water treatment system, high voltage main driver motors and refrigeration compressors.

2. Operates a high voltage power distribution system including switches on generating equipment; operates, maintains and repairs generators and related equipment.

3. Operates and maintains a sewerage and drainage system and a neutralized acid waste system, including pressurized main drain system and associated equipment.

4. Inspects machinery; reads meters and gauges; performs tests on chilled water, boiled water and sea water to control pollution and quality of water; starts and stops equipment and machinery according to schedules.

5. Operates, maintains and repairs piping systems such as those for methane and carbon monoxide gas monitoring and evaluation.

6. Maintains operating logs, records and reports on all equipment; draws stock and materials for maintenance and repairs; measures and reports fuel levels to appropriate personnel.

7. Implements the lubrication schedule for heating, ventilating and air conditioning equipment and auxiliary equipment.

8. Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:
1. Applicants must have at least two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience in the operation and/or maintenance of an electric generating station, water pumping station or sewage treatment station.

2. Knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques used in the operation of a power plant.

3. Knowledge of the operation and maintenance of large electrical heating systems.

4. Knowledge of the types and uses of electronic control systems.

5. Knowledge of the operation, maintenance and repair of fire alarm systems, signal systems and control systems for mechanical and electrical systems.

6. Knowledge of the operation and maintenance of outside electrical systems such as underground cables, transformer subsystems and vaults and subtransmission lines.

7. Knowledge of the operating characteristics of electrical generating systems.

8. Knowledge of the types and uses of industrial type heating systems.

9. Knowledge of the principles of pneumatics as applied to heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems.

10. Knowledge of the types and uses of pneumatic controls used in power plant operations.

11. Knowledge of calibration and/or adjustment techniques as applied to pneumatic control systems.

12. Knowledge of the fundamentals of electrical practice.

13. Knowledge of the types and uses of precision measuring equipment used in a power plant such as manometers, voltmeters, anemometers, tachometers, etc.

14. Knowledge of the types and uses of pumps used in water and fuel systems.

15. Knowledge of the methods and techniques of pipefitting.

16. Knowledge of the types and uses of chemicals used in water treatment.

17. Knowledge of the principles of operation of internal combustion engines.

18. Knowledge of the types and uses of chemicals used in water treatment.

19. Knowledge of the safety practices and procedures followed in power plants.

20. Knowledge of the types and uses of high- and low-pressure boilers.

21. Knowledge of the types and uses of steam plant accessory equipment, such as throttle valves, super heaters, back-pressure valves, feed-water regulators, etc.

22. Knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques used in firing and operating high- or low-pressure coal or oil-fired boilers and their auxiliary equipment.

23. Knowledge of the methods of general report writing.

24. Knowledge of the proper methods for storing and handling fuels.

25. Skill in using hand power tools such as drills, electric saws, etc.

26. Skill in using small hand tools such as wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers, hacksaws and pipe threaders.

27. Ability to follow written and oral instructions.

28. Ability to lift heavy objects.

29. Ability to deal tactfully with others.

30. Ability to adjust to changing situations to meet emergency or changing program or production requirements.

31. Ability to understand and apply the laws, rules and regulations governing assigned unit activities.

32. Ability to explain the procedures, guidelines, policies, etc. governing assigned unit activities.

33. Ability to use tools and equipment required for maintaining and repairing power plant and utility distribution systems.

34. Ability to do routine electrical and mechanical repair work.

35. Ability to read gauges, adjust equipment and observe the operation of machinery.

36. Ability to read and interpret building plans and control and wiring schematics.

37. Ability to read and interpret documents such as plans, specifications, blueprints, drawings, technical manuals, etc.

38. Ability to maintain accurate records.

39. Ability to communicate effectively in writing.

40. Ability to communicate effectively in oral expression.

41. Ability to perform arithmetical calculations with speed and accuracy (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).

42. Ability to distinguish colors.

43. Ability to give oral instructions in a precise, understandable manner.

Preferred Qualifications:
Knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of supervision.

Current and valid Massachusetts State Driver’s License.

Work Environment:
Bridgewater State University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants and employee with disabilities.

Incumbents of this position may be exposed to the hazards of gases or noxious fumes, high pressure boilers, steam lines, caustic or inflammatory chemicals and high voltage; are exposed to intense heat and excessive noise; lift heavy objects; work varied shifts and/or weekends, holidays, nights; are subject to standby (on call work status); may be exposed to the harmful effects of coal dust, asbestos or inadequate ventilation.

Special Conditions for Eligibility:
Please be aware that employment at Bridgewater State University is contingent upon completion of a successful background check.

Salary Range: $1,884.10 bi-weekly (Grade 18 - Step 1)
Posting Number: S00344P
Open Date: 05/18/2018
Close Date: 5/28/2018
Open Until Filled: No

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Please note the following information is required to complete your application for this position:

*a minimum of one (1) employment history entry.

*a minimum of three (3) professional reference entries.

To apply, visit https://jobs.bridgew.edu/postings/11209

Bridgewater State University (BSU) is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer which actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workforce. We are dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people.


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