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Newark, DE 19716
University of Delaware
Job Title Utility Operator/Mechanic
Job ID 106366
Location Newark, DE
CLASSIFICATION TITLE: UTILITY OPERATOR/MECHANIC
AFSCME LOCAL 3472
GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: Under general supervision performs skilled work at the journeyman level in the installation, renovation, inspection, adjustment, operation, and maintenance of industrial, commercial, and housing boiler systems, and related mechanical equipment. Demonstrates leadership skills in the ability to direct work and versatility in the application and coordination of technical maintenance operations for heating plant and auxiliary systems. Employee is required to work on fired and non-fired pressure vessels, equipment that is electrical, electronic, pneumatic, equipment containing steam up to 125 PSIG and hot water with pressures up to 235 PSIG, and equipment that burns fuel oils and gases at rates exceeding 15 million BTU/HR.
EXAMPLES OF WORK: (Illustrative only)
- Provides written and verbal communications to Heating/Chilled Water Operators and other personnel to identify work priorities; performs duties that include, but are not limited to: scheduling, directing, monitoring, data collection, and coordinating the execution of work orders and the completion of projects.
- Maintains procedures, equipment, and material specifications utilized and turned over by Planning & Project Delivery and Facilities Maintenance and Operations Departments.
- Assists in review and modification of project proposals.
- Reviews log sheets and log manual on a daily basis that are maintained by Heating/Chilled Water Operators to identify potential problems and possible PMs.
- Develops and maintains technical library for equipment inventories such as air compressors, pumps, air conditioning systems, boilers and blueprints.
- Performs inspection of boiler installations within central plant, outlying boilers, and rental housing.
- Inventories shop materials and coordinates ordering of replacement parts.
- Issues confined space permits, as necessary.
- Troubleshoots flame-safeguard systems utilized on commercial and industrial high-pressure boilers.
- Prepares internal and external boilers for State of Delaware and University of Delaware inspections.
- Ensures lockout tag-out procedures as well as other safety procedures are utilized in compliance with State guidelines and University of Delaware safety policies.
- Provides feedback to Engineers on PM results for frequency and configuration adjustments as necessary.
- Maintains stationary boiler auxiliary systems on high-pressure boilers.
- Maintains auxiliary boiler equipment on high-pressure packaged water-tube boilers, pumps (includes but not limited to feed water pumps and condensate return pumps).
- Reviews drawings, blueprints, OEM manuals, and wiring diagrams of boiler management and burner management control systems, as needed.
- Maintains and controls all phases of powerhouse functions to efficiently and effectively produce steam, compressed air, hot water and control cooling water flow and temperature.
- Maintains, adjusts and repairs boiler water chemical treatment equipment.
- Adjusts, regulates, and corrects various system temperatures, pressures, and flows.
- Performs boiler safeguards testing and documents water chemistry data.
- Performs lubrication activities on all related equipment.
- Keeps and maintains equipment operation and service logs.
- Keeps and maintains environmental compliance logs on fuel use data, flue gas stack test results, SPCC monthly oil inspections, and fuel receipts for Central Utility Plant, delivered good’s, and rental housing.
- Operates, installs, maintains, and services boilers and steam distribution system campus wide and related equipment of various sizes and types using hand power tools.
- Works collaboratively with Boiler Mechanics and Heating/Chilled Water Plant Operators as directed.
- Diagnoses cause of breakdowns and repairs plant boilers and/or accessories such as valves, traps, controls, and ignition components.
- Performs preventative maintenance activities on all related equipment.
- Maintains records of time and materials used on jobs and completes work orders as required.
- Off-loads bulk deliveries of fuel, chemical, and other operations as requested.
- Starts up and shuts down all related mechanical equipment when needed.
- Performs Heating/Chilled Water Plant Operator duties when primary operator needs assistance or is absent from work.
- Uses computer to access e-mail, receive work instructions and other administrative information to include electronic payroll forms.
- Communicates daily using a two-way radio, and/or pager system in order to respond to work-related routine and emergency information.
- Maintains shop owned equipment in proper working condition and performs housekeeping duties to maintain a clean, uncluttered, and safe work environment.
- Performs all other related duties as assigned.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Ability to demonstrate leadership qualities and ability in work groups of all sizes, and to plan, schedule, direct, and monitor work during central plant shutdowns and in emergency situations.
- Ability to exercise independent judgment and initiative.
- Active in continuous improvement of all aspects of work applied to total heating plant. Thorough knowledge of the methods and principles of water-tube boilers.
- Knowledge of boiler management and burner management systems, fuel and air ratio mix methods, and stack analysis.
- Ability to work with boilers manufactured by Combustion Engineer, English, Keeler, Titusville, and other major manufacturers.
- Understand the operation of steam pressure reducing equipment, air-loaded and self-contained, manufactured by Leslie, Spence, and others.
- Knowledgeable in operation and maintenance methods for heating system auxiliaries and steam specialties.
- Basic computer knowledge and skills.
- Interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate effectively and interact with people of all ages and diverse backgrounds.
- Ability to work independently and prioritize tasks in order to meet the needs of the University of Delaware and its customers.
REQUIRED MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:
- High school diploma, GED, or equivalent. Minimum of four years’ experience in the maintenance, operation, and repair of high pressure steam boilers (70,000lbs/hr), air compressors, pumps, and fans etc. in the maintenance and repair of commercial and industrial boiler systems and all related equipment throughout the campus.
- Knowledge of internal and external boilers and related equipment.
- Knowledge of water tube boilers, instrumentation, high pressure and industrialized boilers.
- Knowledge and piping skills in order to remove and repair piping lines, valves, fittings related to piping.
- Must possess a valid Third Class Fireman’s Stationary Engineers License issued by a local jurisdiction that sanctions the examination requirements of the National Institute for the Uniform Licensing of Power Engineers, or a valid license from the City of Wilmington, Delaware or alternative license as evaluated and administered by applicable state or local agencies.
- Must maintain a valid license while employed in this classification.
- Non-allergic to solvents, gases, combustion, fuel, oil, boiler water treatment, and various chemicals commonly associated with the trade in order to assess, repair and/or replace equipment.
- With or without assistance, must be able to exert 50 to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 25 to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or 10 to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects and job-related materials and/or equipment.
- Ability to accurately discern colors.
- Required to climb stairs, use ladders and aerial lifts, work on rooftops, work from scaffolding and high areas using appropriate harness and tether equipment, and use ramps and aerial lift devices above ground in order to work above floor level and/or in pits.
- Must possess a valid motor vehicle operator’s license in order to drive University of Delaware vehicles.
- Must be able to lift, tug, pull, and transport, with or without assistance, both small and heavy equipment and material, as necessary.
ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS/OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURES:
- The primary physical environment requires the employee to work both inside and outside in both extreme heat and cold conditions, as well as conditions that are wet/humid, dry and during times when temperatures are below 32°F for more than one-hour periods.
- May be required to bend, squat, stretch and stand and/or work in cramped areas for prolonged periods of times while repairing equipment both at floor level, overhead, and/or in confined space areas such as trenches and/or manholes.
- Environment may frequently include dust and/or airborne particles and occasionally loud noise, electricity/high voltage, chemicals, gases, fumes, and vibration.
- Required to wear designated personal protective equipment to include, but not limited to, ANSI-approved safety eyewear, hardhats, gloves, hearing protection, full face shield, harnesses and/or footwear to prevent exposures to hazardous materials, noise, dust and/or airborne particles.
- A respirator and/or specialized personal protective equipment may be required to make access to certain confined spaces.
- Must follow Occupational Health and Safety Open Flame Procedures.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from Minority Group Members, Women, Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans. The University’s Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at http://www.udel.edu/aboutus/legalnotices.html
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