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Plant Utilities Engineer 1 Vacancy in Facilities

Department of Facilities and Planning, Plant Utilities Engineer 1, Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11 pm - 7:30 am, Full-Time Cont/Permanent, Line # 373

Position Summary:

A Plant Utilities Engineer 1 operates, maintains, troubleshoots, repairs, tests, and calibrates mechanical and electrical equipment providing heat, hot water, ventilation, air-conditioning and electrical distribution in the most efficient and safe manner. Individuals perform routine repairs and maintenance on heating, ventilating, air conditioning (HVAC) systems, sprinkler and fire safety systems, elevators, fired and unfired pressure vessels and water treatment systems.

Essential Functions:

System Operations:

•Operates steam and hot water boilers including lighting off, firing, cleaning and shutting down system.

•Operates central and auxiliary computers which monitor, test, control and operate boilers, auxiliary equipment and HVAC systems.

•Operates boiler, feed water, and condensate and hot water supply and return systems.

•Troubleshoots, repairs and calibrates electronic and pneumatic combustion and HVAC control systems.

•Conducts boiler, HVAC, and water systems testing, analyzing results and adding chemicals to maintain proper residuals in boiler and piping systems.

•Operates forced or induced draft fan systems by starting, regulating and securing fan to maintain proper combustion process.

•Operates large Chillers, centrifugal, screw driven and hermetic chiller systems and other refrigeration equipment.

•Operates related auxiliary air-conditioning equipment, such as cooling towers, evaporative coolers, fan coils, vacuum pumps, purge chillers, and water cooled condensers.

•Conducts chilled water and condenser water chemical analysis to maintain proper residuals.

•Operates HVAC systems to maintain proper environmental conditions including hydronic, steam, and air handling distribution systems.

•Calibrates controls, balance air distribution systems, and maintain proper air temperature, humidity, fresh air and air flow quality.

•Troubleshoots, adjusts pneumatic and digital control systems.

•Operates, maintains and repairs high temperature, high pressure water distribution systems and chilled water AC system.

•Operates, maintains and repairs ventilation systems.

•Monitors and adjusts system set points and output using remote computer links to the building's programmable logic controls.

Systems Maintenance:

•Cleans, inspects, maintains, and repairs boilers including but not limited to flushing, and chemical cleaning of water side and fire side of boiler equipment, repairing brickwork, and replacing tubes.

•Maintains, repairs or replaces bearings, shafts, controller valves, motors, piping, traps, conveyors and other equipment.

•Performs troubleshooting and repair of building distribution systems including low pressure steam distribution, heat exchangers, hot and cold deck systems, air handlers, and pneumatic and digital controls.

•Maintains boiler combustion, emission and flame safety control system.

•Performs all chiller maintenance, such as cleaning and replacement of condenser tubes, cleaning of evaporators, maintenance and repair of steam turbines, pumps, air compressors, steam systems, cooling towers, motors, motor starters, and variable frequency drives.

•Performs maintenance on HVAC systems, including Direct Digital Controls adjustment, calibration, and modification.

•Maintains and repairs pumps and piping, perform installation of new and/or modification of existing equipment on a project basis, lubricate fan motors, bearings and belts, clean drip pans and drains, and replace filters.

•Maintains computerized energy management system, identify, inspect and replace faulty equipment and devices and troubleshoot problems, including resetting temperature, humidity, fan status, damper controls, valve position, and alarm status.

•Responds to calls, usually on off shift hours, concerning mechanical, electrical or plumbing breakdowns. Troubleshoots problems and make necessary repairs if possible or contacts supervisor.

•Cleans, maintains and repairs HVAC equipment, calibrate controls, perform air testing, replace filters and test and chemically treat HVAC systems.

•Performs HVAC system inspections and manufacturer-recommended preventive maintenance.

•Performs seasonal overhauls and transitions systems from heating to cooling and vice versa.

Energy Conservation:

•Surveys and monitors equipment and systems operation to determine the most efficient mode of operation; read gauges and meters and refer to technical instructions and/or operating manuals to determine if equipment is operating according to specifications.

•Installs new equipment and/or modify existing equipment to operate at peak energy efficiency.


•Maintains written records of maintenance performed, fuel consumption and meter readings; prepares incident reports of unusual events, such as equipment malfunctions; and orders parts necessary for on-going preventive maintenance programs or to carry out equipment repair or replacement.

•Ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies; promotes continuous improvement of workplace safety and environmental practices.

•Operates a variety of hand and power tools, including the tools of the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing trades, water test equipment, electric-test equipment and meters, refrigeration test equipment, air adjustment test equipment, computer terminals and microprocessors, sonic light and vibration meters, combustion analyzers, personal protective equipment, confined space equipment and portable emergency equipment.

•Contacts service vendor for elevator repairs.

Non-Essential Functions:


•Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

•Responds to fire alarms if needed.

•Identify, recommend and develop energy conservation projects.

•Performs minor asbestos removal projects to facilitate repairs.

•Attends required trainings.

Functional and Supervisory:

Plant Utilities Engineers 1 reports to the Plant Utilities Engineer 2 and may supervise a subordinate crew of Plant Utilities Assistants, and other trades and Labor Class positions on a shift by making work assignments, giving instructions, assisting in performing the work, and assuring work is done in the appropriate manner.

Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates must have permanent appointment in a Plant Utilities Engineer 1 classified position (or be eligible for transfer) or be reachable for appointment on the current NY State Civil Service canvass list for Plant Utilities Engineer 1 - Brockport location. New York State Preferred Lists candidates have preference.

A. An Associate Degree in Plant Utilities Technology or the equivalent. In order to determine whether a specific degree is equivalent to the Plant Utilities Technology program, the major course of study must include a minimum of 30 college semester credit hours in any combination of the following course areas:

Heating, Ventilation Boiler and Steam Systems

and Air-Conditioning Industrial Electricity

Electrical Circuits Electric Utility Systems

Fluid Mechanics Plant Operation and

Technical Communications Maintenance

Thermal Dynamics Industrial Instrumentation

Physics and Control

Utility Refrigeration Industrial Safety

Mechanics Environmental Air Quality

Blueprint Reading and



One year of satisfactory hands on experience in the operation and maintenance of boilers and/or auxiliary equipment or HVAC equipment in commercial, industrial or institutional facilities. (Experience limited to residential applications is not considered qualifying.)


B. Four years of such experience and 30 college semester credit hours in any combination of the courses listed in A. above.

Preferred Qualifications:

•Experience using Footprints and Maximo systems.

•Ability to use computer-based monitoring and control devices in maintaining and troubleshooting HVAC systems.

•Ability to perform preventive maintenance according to published guidelines.

•Knowledge of HVAC installation, troubleshooting, repair and maintenance.

Operating Needs:

•Knowledge of the construction and the safe and efficient operation of boilers, chillers, auxiliary heating, ventilating and air-conditioning equipment, and high and low voltage electrical and generating equipment.

•Knowledge of the methods, materials and tools used in the maintenance and repair of boiler, chiller, auxiliary heating, ventilating and air-conditioning equipment, and high and low voltage electrical and generating equipment.

•Working knowledge of the methods, materials and tools used in making mechanical and routine electrical repairs to heating, ventilating, air-conditioning, refrigeration, plumbing, pneumatic control systems and direct digital and other microprocessor controlled systems.

•Working knowledge of the operation of computer driven control and energy management systems.

•Working knowledge of the methods, material and tools used to troubleshoot, maintain and repair sprinkler and fire alarm systems, elevators and switch gear and electrical distribution systems.

•Working knowledge of the methods, materials and tools used in the maintenance, repair and balancing of building ventilation systems, air handlers, fans and hydronic systems.

•Ability to read and interpret technical manuals, specifications, design drawings and wiring diagrams.

•Ability to diagnose mechanical and electrical problems.

•Possess a valid NYS Driver’s License.

•Ability to operate a variety of hand and power tools.

•Required to work scheduled and unscheduled overtime.

Working Environment:

•Considerable physical activity. Requires heavy physical work; heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects up to 50 pounds. Physical work is a primary part (more than 70%) of job.

•Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.

•Work from ladders, scaffolding, and in confined areas.

How to apply:

Please submit your application, cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references at by March 21, 2018 .

Employment at The College at Brockport is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check and final budgetary approval.

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

The College at Brockport, State University of New York is an AA/EEO/ADA employer. The College actively seeks applications from women, veterans, individuals with a disability, members of underrepresented groups or anyone that would enrich the diversity of the College.

contact: Gloria Lear,
submitted: Tue, Mar 6, 2018 by hcunning
links: Apply here
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