Plant Utilities Assistant - Facilities Services HVAC Unit

Job description

Category:: Custodial/Maintenance/Trades
Department:: Fac Svcs-HVAC
Locations:: Fredonia, NY
Posted:: Sep 11, 2020
Closes:: Oct 30, 2020 - 11:59 PM EDT
Type:: Full-time

About State University of New York at Fredonia:

The State University of New York at Fredonia is a comprehensive, selective, public, residential, liberal arts university located in beautiful Western New York, just minutes from Lake Erie. Founded in 1826, the university is among the most storied in the State University of New York system and is the first in the SUNY system to be awarded the SUNY Shared Governance Award. It is home to a world-renowned School of Music and over 100 degree programs in the liberal arts, natural and social sciences, education, mathematics, and business. Fredonia also features cutting-edge programs in the emerging fields of technology, service, and communication and is consistently ranked among the top public, master's granting universities in the North by U.S. News and World Report.

Fredonia is known for its strong academic programs, attractive architecture and grounds, rich campus life, and commitment to student engagement and success. Fredonia is focused on ensuring that all Fredonia students, utilizing knowledge developed through a broad range of intellectual experiences, will be:

  • Skilled (develop Intellectual and Applied Skills, Literacies and Knowledge),
  • Connected (engage Community and Diversity: Local Stewardship, Global Citizenship),
  • Creative (demonstrate Scholarship, Artistry, and Innovation), and
  • Responsible (activate Sustainability, Ethics, Leadership, and Professionalism).

Job Description:

Fredonia invites applications for a Plant Utilities Assistant position in the Facilities Services - HVAC unit, for the following shift:

First shift - 7:00 am-3:30 pm, Tuesday to Saturday

This position is full time, probationary/permanent, CSEA represented, SG9 position with an entry level salary of $37,507.

The Plant Utilities Assistant will work under the supervision of the Plant Utilities Engineer Supervisor in the Facilities Services-HVAC/R unit.

Plant Utilities Assistants assist in the operation, maintenance and repair of mechanical and electrical equipment providing heat, hot water, ventilation, air-conditioning and electrical distribution.


Plant Utilities Assistants perform semiskilled tasks in a safe and efficient manner in operating stationary steam or high temperature hot water boilers rated at 15 pounds per square inch or more; maintain and repair boilers, pumps, other power plant auxiliary equipment, and electrical and mechanical stationary equipment; and may supervise Plant Utilities Helpers in performing routine manual labor. Experienced incumbents may be assigned a limited number of activities requiring the full performance level skills of a Plant Utilities Engineer 1.


  • Monitors equipment consoles.
  • Reads, analyzes and follows up on all console readings, charts, and trouble calls.
  • Adjusts equipment controls to correct malfunction when indicated by observation or in response to a signal.
  • Reads and records gas, steam, and water meter readings.
  • Fills out incident and Quality Assurance Reports.
  • Advises supervisor when repairs are required.
  • Receives and distributes fuel supplies required for all program locations.
  • Performs preventive maintenance on heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems.
  • As instructed, and under the guidance and supervision of qualified personnel, uses specific chemicals to treat water used in heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems.
  • Cleans strainers and condenser coils.
  • Maintains steam traps.
  • Changes filters.
  • Determines if refrigeration system is low on refrigerant; if so, identifies type and amount of refrigerant needed, and prepares system for charge.
  • Regenerates water softeners.
  • Installs, removes, washes and stores window air conditioners.

Performs minor repairs such as replacing worn gaskets, changing belts and tightening joints, and assisting the Plant Utilities Engineers 1 in the maintenance and overhaul of boilers and in the repair of stationary equipment.

Performs supervised plumbing, electrical and refrigeration work.

  • Determines if water regulator valves need rebuilding or repair.
  • Threads, solders or glues and installs pipe, using proper types of pipe and fittings.
  • Re-packs pumps and valves.
  • Assists in the repair, maintenance and operation of alarm and signal systems.
  • Assists in the operation of energy management systems related to the control of clocks, lighting, filtering systems, HVAC and boiler energy management systems, etc.
  • Cleans mechanical rooms.
  • As assigned, during night shifts, weekends or on holidays, Plant Utilities Assistants respond to calls concerning mechanical, electrical or plumbing breakdowns outside of the plant, troubleshoot the problem, and if possible make necessary repairs, or advise the appropriate authority regarding the problem.

Provides instructions to Plant Utilities Helpers and Maintenance Helpers on routine jobs and equipment inspections.


Plant Utilities Assistants are typically supervised by a Plant Utilities Engineer 1 who makes assignments and provides assistance and instruction. Plant Utilities Assistants perform many of the tasks with considerable independence although the supervisor may be called when a problem arises. Plant Utilities Assistants perform some of the same tasks as a Plant Utilities Engineer 1, under direction and specific instruction.

As assigned, Plant Utilities Assistants supervise Plant Utilities Helpers by making assignments, giving instructions and providing assistance in performing the work.

Rewards & Benefits

  • Competitive compensation plus comprehensive benefits plan including health, dental, and vision insurance and retirement plan options including a fixed pension plan or a 401(A) with generous employer contributions;
  • Paid leave provisions including sick and holiday leave; impressive educational benefits including tuition-free study plus supplemental tuition aid;
  • A rich array of services, programs and benefits to help employees advance in their career and enhance the quality of their personal life, including professional development programs and services, employee EAP and wellness programs, discounted membership to the on-campus fitness center, and access to the Campus and Community Child Care Center.



Open Competitive: One year of satisfactory hands-on experience in the operation and maintenance of boilers and/or auxiliary equipment or heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning equipment in commercial, industrial or institutional facilities.


  1. A High School Diploma or GED and successful completion of four trades courses in any combination of the following trades may be substituted for the one year of satisfactory hands-on experience. Each trades course must include a minimum of 30 to 45 classroom/lab hours in order to be considered qualifying:

  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning Equipment
  • Refrigeration
  • Boiler Operation and Maintenance

2. Successful completion of 12 college semester credit hours in any combination of the following course areas may be substituted for the one year of
satisfactory hands-on experience:

  • Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning
  • Blueprint Reading & Sketching
  • Electrical Circuits
  • Boiler & Steam Systems
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Industrial Electricity
  • Technical Communications
  • Electric Utility Systems
  • Thermal Dynamics
  • Plant Operation & Maintenance
  • Industrial Instrumentation & Control Environmental Air Quality
  • Physics
  • Industrial Safety
  • Utility Refrigeration Mechanics

Promotion: Nine months of permanent competitive, non-competitive or labor service AND one year of satisfactory hands-on experience in the operation and maintenance of boilers and/or auxiliary equipment or heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning equipment in commercial, industrial or institutional facilities.

Substitutions: Same substitutions as defined in 1 and 2 above.

Additional Information:

This is a full-time, probationary/permanent SG9, CSEA represented position with an entry level salary of $37,507 to begin fall 2020.

PUA's are considered Essential Service as per the Essential Service Policy. Fredonia employees designated essential must remain on duty or report to work at or before their scheduled starting time to avoid interruption of essential services unless directed or permitted to do otherwise, by their immediate supervisor.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Fredonia prides itself on an outstanding workforce. To continually support organizational excellence, the university conducts background screens on applicants.

An Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer, Fredonia provides for, and promotes, equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment, without discrimination.

Pursuant to University policy, the University is committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunity, employment, and access to services, programs, and activities, without regard to an individual's race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, or domestic violence victim status. Employees, students, applicants or other members of the University community (including but not limited to vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law, or treated adversely or retaliated against based upon a protected characteristic.

The University's policy is in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting unlawful discrimination and harassment. These laws include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as Amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, and the New York State Human Rights Law. These laws prohibit discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at [email protected].

Application Instructions:

Interested candidates shall apply and submit the required documents listed below by clicking on the APPLY NOW button. Complete applications received by October 30, 2020 will be given full consideration. Names and contact information for three professional references are required as part of the application.

  • Resume/CV
  • Civil Service application/supplemental questionnaire. If you've completed these forms for Fredonia within the last year, there is no need to complete them again at this time. Please use this link to complete the required forms: and then attach the completed forms to your application OR submit them to [email protected] OR mail them to our office at SUNY Fredonia, Human Resources, 280 Central Avenue, Fredonia, NY 14063

*Applicants who do not have access to a computer or to the Internet are invited to use computers available in Human Resources, 511 Maytum Hall, from 8am - 4:30pm.

Note: After submitting your Resume/CV, the subsequent page gives you instructions that enable you to upload the additional, required documents.

Please see the FAQ for using the online application system. Please contact us if you need assistance applying through this website.





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Posted: 9/18/2020
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