Utility Plant Lead Operator

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
05 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
03 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

District Energy is comprised of District Heating – Combined Heat and Power, District Cooling and Remote Boilers & Chiller sections. District Energy is a critical and essential multi-utility and service section of Facilities Management that produces and distributes electrical power, steam, hot water, chilled water and compressed air utilities for Main, South and Foothills Campuses. This section also provides operation and maintenance services for over 20 miles of utility distribution piping systems, 75 satellite boilers and 52 comfort-cooling chillers in buildings for several campuses. In addition, water treatment services are provided for boilers, cooling towers and hydronic systems for numerous buildings on several campuses.

Position Summary

Operation, maintenance, repair, trouble-shooting, and replacement to include all associated support equipment and subsystems for the following distributive and district utility plants: building comfort cooling chillers, building steam and hot water boilers, Foothills campus Biomass facility, South Campus chill water plant. Perform all aspects of the chemical treatment programs for all assigned closed and open water systems requiring such treatment.

Minimum Qualifications

To be considered for this position, applicants must have:

  • Four full-time years (48 months) of progressively responsible utility plant operations experience.
  • One full-time year (12 months) of experience as a work lead or supervisor.
  • Current valid driver’s license required.


  • Successful completion of a formalized apprenticeship program or higher level course work from an accredited, non-correspondence, vocational or trades school appropriate to the work assignment may substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis. To use this substitution, a copy of the certificate from formalized apprenticeship must be attached with this application.
  • At the agency’s discretion, demonstrated proficiency on position competencies at the District Energy Heating plant on CSU campus may substitute for the required supervisory experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Highly sought applicants will have many of the following:

  • Work lead or supervisor experience in a utility plant environment where boilers need to be staged and are rated above 50,000 lbs/hour that is manned 24/7.
  • Experience working with plant control systems such as making program changes, setting PID controls, calibrating transmitters, and troubleshooting problems. Preference given to experience using ABB Infi90 and S+ Operations.
  • Implemented and/or maintained a preventative maintenance program using an IWMS (Integrated Work Management System).
  • Experience providing feedback to employees including annual evaluations.
  • Advanced skills using Microsoft Word and Excel. Familiarity with databases and SQL.

Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category Lead District Heating and Cooling Operator Duty/Responsibility

  • Responsible for safe and efficient operations of the district heating and cooling utilities.
  • Operating the heating plant equipment including the boilers, water softeners, DA feed tanks, pumps, pressure reducing valves, boiler primary fire controls system, draft fans, air compressors, diesel and steam driven generators and other associated equipment.
  • Operating the cooling plant equipment including the chillers, pumps, water filtration systems, cooling towers, and other associated equipment.
  • Assists in hiring new plant operators.
  • Ensures logs are complete and accurate.
  • Schedules and helps train personnel.
  • Helps evaluate and provide feedback for the performance management program.

Percentage Of Time 60 Job Duty Category Lead District Heating Maintenance Technician Duty/Responsibility

  • Coordinates and helps maintain the district heating plant including the boilers, water softeners, DA feed tanks, pumps, pressure reducing valves, boiler primary fire controls system, draft fans, air compressors, diesel and steam driven generators and other associated equipment.
  • Identifies, plans, and schedules corrective planned maintenance. Assists with material selection and procurement.
  • Prioritizes the maintenance tasks for the rotating operators.
  • Schedules opacity certifications and ensures Title V requirements are met for the boiler opacity. Coordinates with Trades to read opacity for the campus emergency generators.
  • Troubleshoots problems with the control system for the heating plant.

Percentage Of Time 40

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants


  • Clearly document job duties you have performed that relate to minimum qualifications, preferred qualifications, and essential job duties in the Work Experience section on the application. Human Resources must be able to evaluate your experience based on this information.
  • Clearly outline dates of employment and hours worked per week for each employment experience listed in the Work Experience section of the Application so that Human Resources can calculate full-time work experience.
  • The APPLICATION is the only document that will be utilized to determine if minimum qualifications, as outlined in the job posting, have been met. The Application is considered to be the legal document on file; resumes will not be reviewed for minimum qualification requirements.


  • If an Application is considered “Incomplete”, the Application will be removed from consideration for the position.
    • An Application is incomplete if no current/ previous employment is included in the Work Experience section of the Application.
    • An Application is incomplete if “see resume” (or something similar) is noted, or previous employment does not contain job duties for every position in the Work Experience section of the Application.
    • Positions requiring a degree or if using education as a substitution for work experience (eg: Associate or Bachelor’s) transcripts are required in order to verify receipt of the required degree or coursework. If official or unofficial transcripts are not supplied at the time of application, the Application is incomplete.


  • When a resume is listed as a required document, it may be used in the comparative analysis/ evaluation process to determine the candidates that most closely meet the qualifications of the position. This process occurs after an application has passed the minimum qualifications screening.
  • Resumes will not be accepted in place of a completed application; however, some positions may still require a resume as a component for complete application materials.
    **Please see the Required Documents section of the posting.


  • The selection process for State Classified positions may include an exam(s), which requires candidates to physically appear (at the CSU campus in Fort Collins, CO) at the candidates’ own expense.
  • All status updates for this position will be sent via email from humanresources@colostate.edu. In addition to your Inbox, remember to check the Deleted and Junk folders for these important communications.
  • Pertinent updates to your Application status can be obtained by logging into your application account at https://jobs.colostate.edu


  • Please check the Help link online at https://jobs.colostate.edu/help/ for assistance on your application or for answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
  • All other inquiries should be directed to the Colorado State University Human Resources Office HR_Employment@mail.colostate.edu.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License - Regular, Shift Work - Plant operations is a 24 hour 365 days / year function, On-call Status - Fill in on shift and plant emergencies , Essential Services Designation - May be required to be present for work in unfavorable weather conditions to maintain the safety and welfare of campus

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

Employment and Appeal Rights

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures are available at www.colorado.gov/spb.

A standard appeal form is available at: www.colorado.gov/spb. If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.