Utility Plant Maintenance Technician

Job description

Areas of Intereset: Skilled Trades
Functional Areas: Infrastructure & Sustainability
Department: Facilities Management
Requisition Number: 14026
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Employment Type: University Staff
Schedule: Full-Time
Posting Close Date: 07-Nov-2018

Job Summary

Facilities Management at CU Boulder is seeking a Utility Plant Maintenance Technician for the District Energy Plants in Utility & Energy Services. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who would like to play a role in updating our campus utility systems. In this position, you will be part of a team that performs highly skilled technical work in the maintenance, inspection, adjustment, calibration, and repair of District Energy Plant Systems (steam, chilled water, electric) and Combined Heat & Power facility equipment (33MW combustion turbines, 2MW steam turbine, and Heat Recovery Steam Generators).

Your responsibilities will include preventive, predictive, and corrective maintenance on various types of heavy equipment such as combustion gas turbines, steam turbines, generators, industrial boilers, chillers, and all auxiliary equipment. You will perform highly skilled maintenance on industrial mechanical systems and execute work assignments safely and efficiently in such a manner as to restore or improve the reliability of the equipment being maintained. The position is expected to work independently with little direct supervision.

The incumbent must have electrical generating power plant maintenance experience or related education/training in plant maintenance. The ideal candidate will be able to problem solve and think independently, exercise reliability and possess excellent critical thinking skills. This is a full-time, year-round position with benefits including:

• Medical and dental insurance

• 15 paid sick days, 22 paid vacation days and 10 holidays a year

• An employer 10% contribution of your salary to your retirement.

Who We Are

Utility and Energy Services is responsible for the design, operation, maintenance, and repair of the campus’s energy generation and distribution infrastructure for steam (heating), chilled water (cooling), and electricity. Our co-generation facilities consist of Combustion Turbine Generators and associated Heat Recovery Steam Generators, condensing Steam Turbine Generators, High Voltage Switchgear, Conventional Boilers, Centrifugal Chillers and associated equipment. We provide the campus community with reliable utility services in a cost-effective and environmentally responsible manner.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Perform diagnostic, preventive, predictive, and corrective maintenance on various types of heavy equipment such as: combustion gas turbines, steam turbines, generators, industrial boilers, chillers, cooling towers, auxiliary equipment and systems in accordance with approved procedures and work policies.
  • Maintain documentation of all operational, preventive, predictive and corrective maintenance for each piece of equipment utilizing the Computerized Maintenance Management System, Asset Management Systems and Operation and Maintenance Manuals. Maintain proper daily communications between internal work groups.
  • Work with procurement to ensure that parts, tools, consumables, and PPE are available for all maintenance related work to be performed.
  • Perform general housekeeping to ensure that the work site is kept clean and ensures that all tools, ladders, and containers/materials are properly stored.
  • Assists in the maintenance of Utility Distribution systems. Assists with planned and un-planned Distribution Outage activities.

What You Should Know

This is an essential services position. The incumbent is required to respond after hours during emergencies and report to work for regular assigned shift during emergency campus closures. This is shift work and requires working evenings, weekends, holidays and high-volume overtime schedules and is subject to the on-call policy.

This position will work 4, 10-hour days Tuesday-Friday, and will be eligible for overtime.

What We Can Offer

The salary range for this position starts at $55,000, depending on skills and experience.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • High school graduation or GED
  • A valid driver’s license
  • Five years of experience in the maintenance of equipment such as industrial power boilers, steam and/or gas turbine driven generators
  • Three years of experience with industrial or commercial chilling equipment
  • *Substitution*: Successful completion of a formalized apprenticeship program, military training, or higher level course work from an accredited, non-correspondence, vocational or trades school in may substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis OR Demonstrated proficiency on position competencies may substitute for the required experience/education.
  • Experience with Computerized Maintenance Management or Asset Management Systems.

What You Will Need

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively troubleshoot and use problem solving skills
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Customer service focus
  • Team-oriented attitude
  • Knowledge of Microsoft software products such as Excel, Access, Outlook
  • Candidate must successfully pass the CU-Boulder "Boiler & Chiller Maintenance Training Program" to become certified in District Energy Plant Maintenance within 12 months of hire date

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Training from a military, accredited institution, or graduation from an apprenticeship program on boilers, turbines, steam, energy, power, heat transfer and power plant instrumentation, control and monitoring systems
  • Welding and rigging experience

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

1. A current resume.

2. A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications.

Please do not upload references at this time.

This position will close on November 7, 2018.

Essential Services

This position is designated "essential services." The incumbent is required to respond to requests for work during campus emergencies (snow, wind, rain, flood and any other natural or man-made event) and report to work for his / her regularly assigned shift during emergency campus closures.

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

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Posted: 11/10/2018
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