Co-Generation Engineer (Utility Plant Operator)
University of Oregon
Co-Generation Engineer (Utility Plant Operator)
Job no: 531285
Work type: Classified Staff
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Construction/Planning, Facilities/Grounds/Skilled Trades, Operations/Infrastructure
Department: Campus Planning & Facilities Management
Classification: Co-Generation Engineer
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $34.57 – $52.99 per hour
2 positions available
Review of Applications Begins
Position closes March 13, 2023
Special Instructions to Applicants
To be considered for this position, please submit the following documents in addition to your online application:
1) A resume
2) Answer to the supplemental question below:
The position is also tasked with maintenance within the plant. Please describe your experience performing maintenance on plant equipment. Examples; valves, steam traps, pumps, motors, piping systems, compressed air systems, boilers and chiller units.
Campus Planning and Facilities Management (CPFM) is a vibrant department, which comprises five units, and approximately 270 employees: Facilities Services, Utilities & Energy, Campus Planning, Office of Sustainability, and Design & Construction. We plan, build, maintain, and operate the infrastructure that supports the University of Oregon’s mission of exceptional teaching, discovery, and public service. As stewards of a physical legacy, we enable the university community to achieve its potential by providing a campus that is safe, clean, beautiful, inspiring, and environmentally responsible.
Utilities and Energy (U&E) provides Steam, Chilled Water, Electricity, and other district energy services for the University of Oregon. The Utilities and Energy Department is comprised of specialized and diverse staff including Electrical technicians, Co-Generation Engineers, Maintenance technicians, and administrative staff. The Utilities and Energy staff work 24 hours a day to ensure safe, reliable, and energy efficient utilities are delivered to the University of Oregon. The department is responsible for all aspects of operation, maintenance, and repair of the campus utility and building thermal systems including a 10MW Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant, 6.5MW emergency power generation, production and distribution of campus heating steam using two industrial natural gas fired boilers, production and distribution of electrical power, 7,500 ton chilled water plant and distribution system, instrumentation and controls, compressed air, and other services to more than 80 buildings and over 4 miles of distribution tunnels. The department works closely with other campus departments from across different business units to ensure effective operations, avoid unsafe conditions, and mitigate service interruptions in all utility functions.
This position serves as the Utilities and Energy campus wide operator/dispatcher for the University of Oregon, and acts a as the point of contact for utility distribution issues at the University of Oregon. This position will safely operate the UO steam plant, which consists of two high-pressure saturated steam boilers with the combined capacity of 125,000 lbs per hour; One Combined Cycle Co-Generation plant (CTG/HRSG) capable of generating 7.5 MW (Gas Turbine) and 65,000 lbs of 600-psi steam: 3.5 MW (Steam Turbine). It will also operate the UO chilled water plant that consists of (5) electric centrifugal chillers with capacity of 7,500 tons of cooling with the additional 3 million gallon thermal tank, 18 cooling towers, pumps and associated equipment. The operator is responsible for the distribution of the 12,470 Volt electrical load to the UO campus buildings, and will assist with configuring the plant to “Island Mode” if loss of power occurs from EWEB. The incumbent is responsible for regulating access, providing training, maintaining the operation, and monitoring all work performed in the UO utility distribution tunnel system. This position monitors BAS (building automation system) alarms, and controls within the UO steam plant, and chiller plant, and building HVAC system. The incumbent in this role must maintain the skills necessary for the ever-changing technology based automation systems, by training and learning daily. The incumbent will be expected to complete preventive, predictive, and corrective maintenance on all power plant, and building equipment.
Interactions/contacts occur daily with CPFM and the campus community in the course of performing work and responding to emergencies. This position works with electrical and maintenance staff within the Utilities and Energy Department on a daily basis. This position will also be in contact with outside contractors, vendors and regulatory agencies (LRAPA and DEQ).
Position works as a member of a team. Decisions made by this position affect the entire University. The incumbent is responsible for maintaining a continuous flow of electricity, steam, chilled water and other utilities to the University in normal and emergency situations. Additional job-related decisions may include: when to start or stop equipment, interpreting equipment data and applying corrective actions.
Work is reviewed regularly by the Operations Supervisor to ensure it is performed efficiently, safely, and meets both expectations and applicable requirements. A performance appraisal is conducted annually.
This position works Non-Typical hours/shifts and is classified as Essential Personnel
This position must work within the Federal, State, local and the University of Oregon rules and regulations, including maintaining compliance with permits, working within regulations, and performing duties in a safe manner.
• Completed Boiler and Turbine Operator apprenticeship or equivalent combination of education and experience to include knowledge of turbine generators, centrifugal absorption chillers, high pressure boilers and related technical systems involving electrical, steam, and refrigeration.
• Position requires valid Oregon driver’s license and acceptable driving record.
• Perform duties in a way that advances and supports the mission of the department and university.
• Work effectively in a diverse team environment and create effective relationships for problem solving and positive interactions.
• Take initiative, looking for what needs to be done and doing it.
• Pay close attention to detail.
• Maintain a safe and safety-conscious workplace.
• Maintain a respectful workplace and model a positive and proactive attitude.
• Model the highest ethical standards.
• Provide superior customer service.
• Experience working in a large utility distribution system
• Experience with the operation and maintenance of power generation equipment IE: Steam Turbines, Gas Turbines and Diesel Generators
• Experience with the operation and maintenance of boilers.
• Experience with the operation and maintenance of large industrial Chillers.
• Familiar with using Factory Talk, Siemens, PME software, Milestone Cameras and Carrier Ivu
• Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, Teams, Outlook and Zoom Software.
FLSA Exempt: No
All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.
This is a classified position represented by the SEIU Local 503, Oregon Public Employees Union.
University of Oregon students and employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. For additional information see: https://hr.uoregon.edu/uo-covid-19-vaccination-requirement-employee-process.
The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans, and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.
The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at mailto:[email protected] or 541-346-5112.
UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the http://studentlife.uoregon.edu/nondiscrimination.
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