Position Summary: Operates and maintains central heating plant systems and equipment.
Essential Functions: Earliest anticipated start date is September 3, 2019.
Offer is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check and a post-offer pre-employment screening. Please see the physical demands section for additional information.
- Operates biomass gasification plant for generation of 250 psi steam. - Coordinates wood chip deliveries to ensure adequate inventory level. - Operates boilers and auxiliary equipment for generation of 125 psi and 250 psi steam. - Operates steam-driven turbines and auxiliary equipment for 480 volt, 3 phase, power generation. - Collects plant process data and maintains written and computer logs throughout shift. - Performs basic maintenance on equipment as required. - Maintains the heating plant in a tour-ready condition at all times by performing routine housekeeping including, dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, mopping, garbage removal, and painting. - Handles hazardous waste such as: oily rags, used lubricants, and fluorescent bulbs in the approved manner. - Performs standard tests on boiler feed water and steam condensate and chemically treats as needed. - Follows procedures and safety rules as required. Implements lockout/tag-out, fall protection, and confined entry policies to comply with O.S.H.A regulations. - Performs all duties in a safe and professional manner and in accordance with established Middlebury College and departmental policies and procedures including the Code of Conduct. - Performs other heating plant related responsibilities as necessary. - Receives heating oil deliveries at heating plant. - Maintains heating oil tank levels. - Receives water treatment chemicals at heating plant. - Must be flexible with work schedule. Plant operates 24/7/365. Weekends and holidays are included in work schedule. - Must successfully pass the Central Heating Plant Operating Training, which includes sign-off of the training manual. - Complies with spill prevention, control, and countermeasure processes for heating plant. - Ensures plant operation complies with all Air Quality Permit requirements. - Works cooperatively with others and accepts direction from supervisors but also able to operate the plant autonomously when necessary. - Actively engages in the implementation of the Middlebury College 2028 Energy Initiative.
General Responsibilities: - May cross-train in other mechanical/electrical trade shops and support other Facilities Services department needs. - Performs other duties as assigned to assist the department in obtaining and maintaining its mission.
Qualifcation Education: High school diploma or equivalent required. Power plant operating certification/license (i.e. NUILPE) or equivalent power plant or process experience preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: - Knowledge of college steam and electrical distribution systems preferred. - Basic math and computer skills required. - Possess basic knowledge of proper cleaning, maintenance and inspection of boiler steam drums and fireside area. - Understands basic process control systems. - Should have maintenance and trouble shooting skills for heating plant electrical, steam, condensate, heating oil, natural gas, feed water, propane, compressed air equipment and systems. - Familiar with basic turbine/generator operation and maintenance. - Familiar with basic O.S.H.A regulations including lockout-tagout, fall protection, confined space, handling hazardous materials and waste, fire safety. - Working knowledge of heating plant Factory Mutual annual inspection process. - Must have working knowledge of boiler combustion control and burner management systems. - Must be a self-starter and possess a high level of personal initiative. - Ability to logically troubleshoot equipment problems. - Must be able to read gauges and thermometers - Must be comfortable climbing ladders, daily. - Must be a team player, willing to work days, evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays. - Must be willing to work occasional overtime. - Forklift experience preferred. - Drivers license required.
Experience: Minimum 2 years experience required in power plant, turbine generator or equivalent industrial process operations.
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