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Utility Plants Manager

Company: University of Delaware
Location: Newark
Posted on: January 14, 2023

Job Description:

Utility Plants ManagerApply now ( 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 circulation systems.
  • Identifies, analyzes, and implements cost effective resolution for chronic non- routine maintenance problems in multiple disciplines.
  • 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 monitoring activities.
  • Oversee the 3rd party campus Water Chemical Treatment account which includes boiler chemistry calculations and water softener operations.
  • 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 maintenance budget.
  • 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, safetyQualifications:
    • 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 systems.
    • 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 continuously changing.
    • 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 manner.
    • Previous leadership experience supervising and developing staff, including organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
    • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
    • Knowledge of equal opportunity and affirmative action programs.
    • Ability to make objective and ethical decisions in a multi-cultural climate.
    • Ability to perform safety training for all personnel.
    • Ability to investigate and analyze information and to draw conclusions.
    • Ability to develop and maintain recordkeeping systems and procedures.
    • 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 applications.
    • 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 requirements:
      • 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 search resultsApply now ( Refer a friend

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