Utility Plants Manager
Company: University of Delaware
Posted on: January 14, 2023
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Job no: 499594 College / VP Area:Facilities/Real Estate/Aux SvcWork
type: Staff Location: Newark Categories: Facilities Management,
Full Time Pay Grade: 33EContext of the Job:Under limited direction
of the Associate Director of Facilities Building Maintenance and
Operations, the Manager of Central Utility Plants oversees and
coordinates the safe and efficient operation and maintenance of
large, technically sophisticated central steam and chill water
generation equipment and related systems. This includes monitoring
energy consumption, development of preventive maintenance systems,
cost effective resolution of chronic maintenance issues and
identification and implementation of energy conservation projects
with emphasis on steam and chilled water generation equipment
operation. The Manager is also responsible for the 24/7 operation
and maintenance of the entire campus wide underground steam,
condensate and heating hot water piping system which consists of 16
linear miles of pipe. Supervises and coordinates the activities of
(8) eight unionized Utility Operators, (1) one Instrument Controls
Mechanic (5) five Boiler Mechanics (2) Welders (4) Heavy
Refrigeration Mechanics and (4) BAS Mechanics, as appropriate to
the needs of the operation. This position is considered essential
personnel for university emergencies situations and must report
to/remain on campus as required.Responsibilities:
- Monitors and maintains optimum performance of central steam
generation plant and related systems, to include all digitally
controlled mechanical, electrical/ electronic, and advanced water
- Identifies, analyzes, and implements cost effective resolution
for chronic non- routine maintenance problems in multiple
- Administers and controls budgets and contracts totaling between
$1 and 2 million dollars annually.
- Manage and oversee the 24/7 operation and maintenance of the
entire campus wide underground steam, condensate and heating hot
water piping system which consists of 16 linear miles of pipe. This
includes off hours emergency repairs of such systems to ensure and
maintain the Universities Academic, Research, Dining, Hotel and
Residence Life needs are not interrupted.
- Oversee the 24/7 operation of roughly 100 standalone oil/gas
fired boilers and heaters which support the Universities Academic
and Rental Housing portfolios.
- Provide backup coverage for Planning & Project Delivery (PPD)
Project Managers to oversee and manage project related campus
utility shutdowns if they are off campus or absent.
- Collaborate with PPD to develop, maintain and enforce campus
design standards for all steam, condensate, heating hot water
systems and heating related combustion equipment.
- Works with the Energy Systems group to continuously improve the
performance of the steam and chilled water districts. Collaborates
with the Energy Systems Manager on energy efficiency projects and
- Oversee the 3rd party campus Water Chemical Treatment account
which includes boiler chemistry calculations and water softener
- Review and coordinate the installation of new energy efficient
equipment upgrades (such as boilers, pumps, expansion tanks, etc.)
on Campus which saves the University utility costs funding and
reduces carbon emissions which promotes the Universitys Climate
Action Plan for Carbon Reduction.
- Serve as Co-chair of the University of Delaware Title V Task
Force which is tasked with meeting the carbon emissions
requirements dictated by DNREC and State of Delaware.
- Serve as the point of contact for the Universitys Insurance
Carrier for all pressure vessel and boiler equipment operation
certifications which include monthly site visits for campus
compliance as required by ASME
- Oversee the usage of campus commodities (oil and gas) for
heating utility consumption and determining which is better to use
based on cost projection analysis.
- Develops proposals and specifications for projects and
contracts and secures funding as necessary outside of the normal
- Supervises unionized personnel including making recommendations
for hiring, firing, performance evaluation, training, work
allocation and problem resolution.
- Conducts thorough energy consumption audits, identifies and
implements energy conservation projects with special emphasis on
steam generation equipment system operation.
- Participates in reviews of plans and specifications for new
construction projects with Mechanical and Electrical design
engineering firms to ensure compliance with university design
guidelines and that the building will be maintainable and operable
in a cost-effective manner.
- Oversees and advises all safety issues and practices and
ensures proper training of all personnel including chemical
handling, respirators, toxic gas handling, evacuation drills,
- Bachelors degree in engineering or related field and seven
years directly related experience, or equivalent combination of
education and/or experience.
- Knowledge and experience with building systems technology.
- Knowledge of state and federal safety requirements pertaining
to facility operations.
- Knowledge and experience with building operating systems, such
as boilers, compressors, chillers and generators.
- Knowledge of proper and safe chemical handling practices of
federal, state, and local codes pertinent to facilities planning,
design, construction, and maintenance.
- Knowledge of direct digital control systems.
- Knowledge of engineering-level understanding of deionized water
systems, acid neutralization systems, and heat generating equipment
- Ability to install, calibrate, debug, operate, and troubleshoot
technically advanced building control systems and software.
- Effective verbal and written interpersonal communication and
customer service skills.
- Ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies
in a diverse community in which technical/mechanical demands are
- Ability to interact with all levels of the University of
Delaware community, staff, outside consultants/ contractors,
vendors, and City of Newark officials in a professional
- Previous leadership experience supervising and developing
staff, including organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work
- Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
- Knowledge of equal opportunity and affirmative action
- Ability to make objective and ethical decisions in a
- Ability to perform safety training for all personnel.
- Ability to investigate and analyze information and to draw
- Ability to develop and maintain recordkeeping systems and
- Ability to analyze and interpret financial data and prepare
financial reports, statements and/or projections.
- Ability to analyze and solve problems.
- Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.
- Ability to use of personal computers and related software
- Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
- Demonstrates an understanding and consideration of the
differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying
identities, cultures and backgrounds.
- Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where
diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value.Special
- Valid driver's license and regular access to private reliable
means of transportation.
- Work involves moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as
extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors,
and/or loud noises. Environment involves minimal exposure to
physical risks, such as operating dangerous equipment or working
with chemicals. Appropriate personal protective clothing must be
worn when necessary.Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity
and Affirmative ActionThe University of Delaware does not
discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color,
national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual
orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability,
religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected
by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and
activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs
as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of
1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The
University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including
sexual harassment and sexual violence.Applications close: Back to
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