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University of Massachusetts Amherst 3rd Class Power Plant Engineer in Amherst, Massachusetts

3rd Class Power Plant Engineer

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Work type: Staff Full Time

Location: UMass Amherst

Department:Utility Power Plant


Categories: Facilities/Grounds

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

The person holding this position will be responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Central Heating Plant equipment and systems, and assists with maintenance tasks as assigned.

This position reports to the Operations Manager and receives functional supervision from the Lead Operator.

Essential Functions

  • Performs Central Heating Plant shift operations, under the functional supervision of the Lead Operator, including startup and shutdown of equipment assuring that electrical and steam generation is maintained in a safe and reliable manner.

  • Complies with all site safety requirements and procedures.

  • Maintains shift operating logs and records.

  • Performs basic electrical and mechanical inspections, trouble-shooting, minor repairs, and maintenance tasks as assigned.

  • Performs routine chemical testing.

  • Reads and records gauges and meters.

  • Opens and closes valves and adjusts controls to regulate flows of operating fluids.

  • Responsible for the safe receiving, handling, and storage of ammonia, water treatment chemicals, and fuel oil.

  • Cleans, maintains, and/or lubricates power plant and related auxiliary equipment.

  • Maintains cleanliness of work areas.

  • Assists in developing standard procedures for operations and maintenance.

  • Understands and utilizes Central Heating Plant computerized maintenance management system.

  • Executes work orders.

  • Utilizes safe working habits. Identifies hazards and takes corrective action.

  • Understands, is committed to, and supports affirmative action and non-discrimination goals.

  • Performs all duties necessary to fulfill Central Heating Plant requirements.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Possession of a Third Class Stationary Engineer’s License issued by the Massachusetts Department of Public Safety pursuant to Chapter 146 of the Massachusetts General Laws.

  • Possession of a Grade 2-I full active or higher Certificate of Competency issued by the Massachusetts Board of Certifications of Operators of Wastewater Treatment Facilities pursuant to the Code of Massachusetts Regulations 257 CMR 2.00.

  • Ability to read and write effectively in English and to do basic mathematics; high school diploma preferred.

  • Knowledge of power plant mechanical and electrical equipment, including motors, pumps, turbine generators, boilers, fluid systems, chemical handling, water treatment systems, cooling towers, pollution control equipment, AC and DC electrical distribution and control systems, etc. and associated maintenance functions.

  • Knowledge of power plant safety policies and procedures, especially in the areas of high-energy systems, chemical handling, heavy equipment, rotating machinery, confined spaces, fire suppression, and first aid.

  • Ability to gain thorough knowledge of chemistry and learn power plant chemical applications.

  • Knowledge of and experience in at least four (4) of the following skills: pipefitting, welding, machining, rigging, rotating machine repair, fabrication, machine alignment, basic vibration, and using electrical test equipment.

  • Ability to operate valves, switches, controls, keyboards, and other devices associated with power plants.

  • Ability to use basic hand tools, portable electric and pneumatic tools, and basic rigging equipment, such as winches, hoists, and slings.

  • Ability to locate, trouble-shoot, and adjust defects in mechanical equipment and/or to maintain, install, modify, and trouble-shoot plant electrical systems and equipment (even while on-line) without “tripping” equipment, with supervision if necessary.

  • Ability to operate and maintain various analytical and test equipment.

  • Ability to comprehend and apply technical information, including mechanical and electrical drawings.

  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.

  • General knowledge with computerized maintenance management systems.

  • Will be exposed to inherent power plant conditions. Must be able to use ladders and industrial trucks. Must be physically fit to perform heavy work and to be certified to wear a respirator.

  • Experience with gas turbine operations preferred.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Will be exposed to inherent power plant conditions.

Work Schedule

  • Tuesday – Saturday 7-3 with rotating shifts available including weekends

Salary Information

Grade 20

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit cover letter, resume, and names and contact information for three professional references.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised: Jan 13 2022 Eastern Standard Time

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