Utility Plant Operator

Recruiter
Colorado State University
Location
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
Posted
20 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
17 Apr 2018
Ref
54704
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
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 including 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. Chemical treatment; including all aspect of treatment program for all assigned closed and open water systems requiring such treatment.

Minimum Qualifications

Four years of progressively responsible utility plant operations experience.

Substitutions

Successful completion of a formalized apprenticeship program can substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred Qualifications

The highly desired candidate will possess the following knowledge, skills, abilities, personal characteristics, and experience directly related and critical to this position:

  • Demonstrated experience identifying equipment malfunctions – visual inspection of equipment, structures, and materials.
  • Mechanical and analytical skills.
  • Safety conscious in work practices.
  • Written communications skills and the ability to document and log information.
  • Verbal communication and active listening skills.
  • Mathematical skills.
  • Chemical testing experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with limited supervision.
  • Organization and the ability to plan ahead when scheduling planned and corrective maintenance.
  • Knowledge of water treatment, specifically for steam/hot water boilers, cooling towers, closed-loop systems, and condensate return systems.

Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category District Heating and Distributive Boilers Operation and Maintenance Duty/Responsibility

  • Responsible for safe and efficient operation, maintenance, and repair of distributive steam and hot water boilers and Foothills District Heating biomass plant.
  • Oversight of equipment includes, but is not limited to – boilers, water softeners, DA feed tanks, pumps, pressure reducing valves, boiler primary fire control systems, forced and induced draft blowers, air compressors, diesel and steam-driven generators, valves, piping systems, electrical switchgear, controllers, transmitter, positioners, and flow devices.
  • Identify, plan, and schedule – major repairs, breakdown, planned and corrective maintenance.
  • Calibrate and supervise contractors in the installation of new equipment.
  • Assist with material section and procurement.
  • Coordination of projects.
  • Project inspections and design review.
  • Operations – monitor and adjust temperatures, pressures, levels, flows, firing conditions.
  • Collect and analyze data.
  • Maintain records and log.
  • Fuel handling and off-loading.
  • Analytical chemical testing and adjustments.

Percentage Of Time 31% Job Duty Category District Cooling and Distributive Comfort Cooling Chillers Operation and Maintenance Duty/Responsibility

  • Responsible for safe and efficient operation, maintenance, and repair of distributive comfort cooling chillers and the South Campus District Cooling utility plant.
  • Oversight of equipment includes, but is not limited to – chillers, cooling towers, pumps, pressure reducing valves, air compressors, valves and piping systems, electrical switchgear, controllers, transmitter, positioners, and flow devices.
  • Identify, plan, and schedule – major repairs, breakdown, planned and corrective maintenance.
  • Calibrate and supervise contractors in the installation of new equipment.
  • Assist with material selection and procurement.
  • Coordination of projects.
  • Project inspections and design review.
  • Operations – monitor and adjust temperatures, pressures, levels, flows, firing conditions.
  • Collect and analyze data.
  • Maintain records and log.
  • Fuel handling and off-loading.
  • Analytical chemical testing and adjustments.

Percentage Of Time 31% Job Duty Category Water Treatment Operation and Maintenance Duty/Responsibility

  • Responsible for proper operation and maintenance of campus water treatment program for steam and hot water boilers, cooling towers, closed-loop systems, and condensate return systems.
  • Analyze and treatment of all systems.
  • Breakdown, planned and corrective maintenance of chemical feed systems.
  • Assist with material selection and procurement.
  • Provide analysis of treatment program.
  • Train new personnel in this area.

Percentage Of Time 33% Job Duty Category Training and Skill Development Duty/Responsibility

Responsible for updating skills through formal and informal training opportunities. These training sessions will include but are not limited to hearing conservation, confined space, tag out/lock out, safety, professional industrial controls, control valves and any other training deemed necessary by the supervisor.

Percentage Of Time 5%

Special Instructions to Applicants

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS AND INFORMATION

  • 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.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS

  • 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 (e.g.: 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.

RESUMES

  • 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.

NOTES

  • 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

DEPARTMENT CONTACT INFORMATION

  • 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 (970) 491- MyHR(6947).

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.