Plant Operator

Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Apr 08, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job no: 516249
Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Facilities/Skilled Trades, Veteran's Preference Eligible
Department:63700300 - FS-UTILITIES-CHILLED WATER

Classification Title:

Plant Operator

Job Description:

Maintains proper cooling and heating temperatures, pressures, and flow rates in the chilled water and steam district energy systems to support the proper operation of building systems. Regulates the operation of plant equipment inclusive of chillers, fans, pumps, motors, VFD’s, piping leaks as a function of make-up water, deaerators, boilers, boiler feed water, air compressors and generators. Adheres to procedures for lock-out/tag-out and works with maintenance mechanics to reset equipment for planned and emergency outages. Communicates with supervisors of operations and maintenance when plant operations are not in alignment with service quality standards.

Conducts periodic inspections to ensure that all equipment and controls are operating properly and are in good condition. Takes and compiles routine plant readings and maintains production and consumption records. Receives, records and communicates information relevant to previous and following shifts. Reports defects, and recommends improvements, alterations and repairs to Operations Supervisor. Clearly notes any problem situations in plant log.

Responds to problems and initiates emergency communication protocols as appropriate. Complies with safety procedures. Identifies the nature of the problem and takes appropriate action to ensure safety and minimize property or equipment damage and minimize the disruption to customers. Responds to problems with other utility systems on campus, including distributed steam and chilled water, potable water, reclaimed water and sanitary and electrical services. Maintains communication during assigned shifts through radio or cell phone communications with on-duty and emergency personnel at all times.

Maintains the plant in sanitary and orderly condition. Coordinates plant operation with other utility or energy companies or departments as needed. Assists Operation Supervisor and Plant Superintendent as required.

Performs related duties as assigned.

EPA Universal Refrigerant Certification (Obtain within 6 months of hire date)

Drives a UF Sate Vehicle, requires a valid Driver's License.

Normal Work Schedule: 40 hours a week in 10-hour shifts as normal schedule Sun – Wed 2:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. May need to fill understaffed positions on occasion; Work on call or relief shifts weekend or evenings as scheduled

Position is considered as Essential Personnel as defined by UF Policy.
A Criminal background check and post offer health assessment will be conducted.
As part of the post offer health assessment, the incumbent will be required to satisfactorily complete the University’s COVID-19 screening process. The screening includes a questionnaire and the option to participate in the UF COVIS-19 nasal swab testing.

Expected Salary:

$17.85 Hourly

Minimum Requirements:

High school diploma or equivalent and one year of appropriate experience. Appropriate vocational/technical training may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience.

EPA Universal Refrigerant Certification (Obtain within 6 months of hire date)

Preferred Qualifications:

Have the ability to recognize the proper materials and equipment to be used for a specific job and the ability to make change as necessary.

KNOWLEDGE OF: HVAC Theory and Principles with analytical skills.
SKILL IN: Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office Software. Operating equipment or machinery;
ABILITY TO: Operate and maintain utility plants; inspect plants.
Skill in using hand tools.
Ability to Operate or coordinate work assignments and to communicate effectively. Ability to represent the Utilities and Energy Department in a courteous and professional manner to other UF entities. Ability to take direction and complete tasks with minimal oversight.
Must have the ability to work on-call during off-shift hours and weekends.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

EPA Universal Refrigerant Certification (Obtain within 6 months of hire date)

Health Assessment Required:


Advertised: 07 Apr 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 20 Apr 2021 Eastern Daylight Time

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