Energy Systems Technician

California, United States
17 Nov 2020
End of advertisement period
17 Jan 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

JCC: 8890/Miscellaneous Technician
Grade: A99, matched to A41

Situated on 8,180 acres, Stanford requires a significant amount of energy to support its academic mission and the research functions housed within more than 1,000 campus buildings. Efficiently managing energy supply and demand is critical to the university’s future. Stanford’s Central Energy Facility (CEF) provides electrical power and energy for the majority of the university’s main campus. The Energy Operations (EO) team manages installation, operation, and maintenance of the distribution infrastructure. Within the CEF Control Room, a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system provides real-time information and diagnostics of the campus to monitor the power flow throughout the network, allowing for quick response to system faults.

Energy Operations is seeking an Energy Systems Technician who will work in the CEF Control Room as part of the EO team.


To safely operate and maintain the Energy Operations facilities and energy systems.


  • Safely maintain all operational and environmental parameters. 
  • Monitor power plant equipment and indicators to detect evidence of operating problems, significantly through the distributed control system, reporting any abnormalities to the Shift Supervisor.
  • Safely perform routine maintenance. 
  • Work within the computerized maintenance management system. 
  • Observe gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Control power plant equipment using control systems or semi-automatic equipment. 
  • Regulate equipment operations and conditions, such as water levels, based on instrument data and/or from digital interfaces to optimize the energy system.
  • Take regulatory action, based on readings from charts, meters and gauges, at established intervals.
  • Start or stop chillers, boilers, auxiliary pumping equipment, or other power plant equipment as necessary.
  • Control or maintain auxiliary equipment, such as pumps, fans, compressors, condensers, filters, to supply water, fuel, lubricants, air, or auxiliary power.
  • Clean, lubricate, or maintain equipment, such as chillers, boilers, pumps, or compressors, to prevent failure or deterioration.
  • Inspect records or logbook entries or communicate with plant personnel to assess equipment operating status. Detect and isolate malfunctioning equipment.
  • Maintain plant chemistry within allowable parameters.
  • Participate in the initial development and updating of plant operating procedures.
  • Work with other stakeholder groups, both internal and external to Stanford, as needed to troubleshoot and optimize all facets of Energy Operations.
  • Order parts, supplies, or equipment.
  • Work within the computerized maintenance management system.
  • Performs cleaning, mopping, painting, re-lamping and other general housekeeping duties needed for efficient and sanitary work environment.


  • High school degree or equivalent
  • Valid California Class C Non-commercial Driver’s License
  • 3 of years energy facility operations experience
  • Ability to clearly communicate in English, both verbally and in writing
  • Knowledge of safe work practices 


  • Basic water chemistry knowledge.  
  • Experience working with large chiller systems
  • Experience with mechanical, I&C, or electrical maintenance
  • Experience with Distributed Controls Systems, Plant Historians, and standard office computer applications. 


  • Frequently lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 50 pounds.
  • Frequently stand/walk, twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, use a telephone, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 11-20 pounds.
  • Frequently kneel/crawl, climb (ladders, scaffolds, or other), reach/work above shoulders, grasp forcefully, writing by hand, sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh >40 pounds. 


  • Requires ability to work 12-hour shifts and for callouts in support of a 24/7-hour operation due to emergencies, sickness, vacation, etc.
  • Power Plant conditions require wearing of Personal Protective Equipment, including hearing protection with normal plant noise > 80dB TWA. 
  • May work at heights >4ft. 


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations. 
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned. 
  • Subject to and expected to comply with the applicable collective bargaining agreement and all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide,

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 8890
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: A99
  • Requisition ID: 87691