Smith College Plant Operator in Northampton, Massachusetts
NORTHAMPTON Plant Operator Under the direction of the chief engineer or designee the power plant operator is responsible for safely performing a combination of functions on an assigned shift including, but not limited to assisting in the preparation of all boilers, turbines and equipment for inspection, cleaning of boilers, tanks and breeching areas, as well as make necessary repairs or replacement to all types of pipe and boiler insulation. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Must possess a current Massachusetts First Class Fireman\'s license. Must have a valid driver\'s license. Must complete and comply with all college driving credentialing requirements. Upon award of this position, a Division of Motor Vehicles background check will be completed. Must possess ability to understand and execute written and oral instructions and relay instructions to follow-up shifts when multi-shift operations are used. Must be able to safely lift and carry up to fifty pounds. Must be able to bend, walk, stand, stoop, climb stairs and ladders and safely move materials and/or equipment. Education/Experience: High school diploma or equivalent trades school certification, GED equivalent or combination of education and experience. Minimum of six months experience in a power plant. Skills: Must demonstrate a mechanical aptitude of how to properly and safely run and maintain boilers, gas turbine generator/HRSG, auxiliary equipment and piping. Must demonstrate strong communication skills including oral, written and electronic. Must demonstrate proficiency in accessing the internet, using the college email and calendar systems, the work order system and trade related database systems. Must be able to work independently and in a team environment. DUTIES: Operate the steam boilers, gas turbine generator and all auxiliary equipment to maintain the necessary campus demands. Monitor established operating parameters of the gas turbine generator/HRSG, boilers and steam turbines and associated plant equipment. Operate the power plant and take appropriate actions to safeguard shift personnel and equipment when normal operating parameters are exceeded. Oversee the safe delivery of fuel and ammonia to the plant. Perform necessary tests to determine water purity and take necessary action to remedy as required. Must observe and follow all safety rules and regulations including, but not limited to Confined Space Entry, Lockout/Tagout, etc., as well as be familiar with chemical safety and Materials Safety Data Sheets. Work in support of other trades as needed. Must be capable of utilizing all power plant related tools and equipment, as well as all computer related systems. Responsible for maintenance and care of all related equipment. Drive college vehicles as assigned. Responsible for cleaning vehicles, inspecting for damage and performing visual check prior to using. Reporting any issues discovered to the supervisor immediately. Accurately collect and record all operating data, making note of unusual or suspicious information per procedure and contact appropriate management personnel when necessary. Initiate actions necessary to improve operating efficiency of the plant facilities. Perform other job related duties as assigned. Ability to use good judgment to take appropriate, independent action to carry out the primary functions of the job. Must have knowledge of OSHA regulations for the safety of the college employees, its users and property. Must have a clear understanding of the union contract and all college policies.