Utility Plant Operator
The Utility Plant Operator is responsible for operating and
maintaining the campus central utility plant. The plant provides
electric power, steam and chilled water to campus buildings. This
position reports to the Utility Plant Supervisor in the Energy and
Utilities area of Facilities. Most plant operations are performed
through a computer-based control system.
● Operate and monitor central
plant including start up, shutdown and staging of turbines, boilers
and chillers as part of normal operation and emergency situations.
The operator is also responsible for control of equipment such as:
pumps, air compressors, chemical feed systems, fuel supply systems,
steam distribution systems, condensate systems, cooling towers and
other auxiliary equipment.
● Follow plant operating procedures and complete assigned training
as outlined by supervision and Utility Plant Operator training
● Monitor and respond to alarms from plant control systems. Notify
appropriate personnel in serious and emergency situations.
● Monitor and record plant operating data in the plant log and into
a personal computer. Record in the maintenance logbook any changes
in operation, unusual occurrences, irregularities, or discrepancies
that occur while on duty. Report directly to the plant supervisor
any and all problems encountered and any corrective actions
● Add salt to the water softeners.
● Perform daily water chemistry tests and make adjustments as
● Perform routine maintenance of plant equipment as directed by
supervision using the facilities work order system.
● Maintain overall cleanliness and appearance of the plant,
including equipment, building and surrounding grounds.
● Oversee proper handling and unloading of fuel oil
● Monitor and respond to alarms from the campus building management
systems. Notify appropriate personnel in serious and emergency
● Perform routine maintenance, such as, filter and belt
replacement, greasing of bearings and linkages, and other assigned
repairs to HVAC equipment in campus buildings.
● Adhere to OSHA standards, employ safe practices, and follow
safety policies/procedures. Use PPE in safe manner, set example for
others, notifies supervisor of potential hazards, and demonstrate
good housekeeping habits.
● Support and promote the University's sustainability efforts
● Performs other duties as assigned.
● High school diploma or
● A minimum two (2) years' experience in operation of a power
plant, boiler room or other industrial process involving equipment
such as, boilers, turbines, generators, chillers, and related
auxiliary equipment OR two year technical degree or certification
in a related field of study.
● Basic knowledge of personal computers and ability to use them,
including familiarity with Microsoft Excel, is required.
● Familiarity with industrial standard safety procedures related to
the operation of mechanical and electrical equipment, use of tools,
and personal protective equipment.
● Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in both written
and oral form with fellow operators, supervisors and others.
● Experience working in a team oriented environment. The successful
candidate must be willing to share information, provide assistance
at all times, accept work assignments, and follow directions.
Demonstrated ability to use sound judgment and make decisions by
gathering all relevant information and analyzing it in a logical
manner. Seek advice and assistance from others when needed.
● Displays initiative and the ability to work with minimal
supervision. This position will be expected to take the lead in
identifying, analyzing and correcting problems and deficiencies,
with appropriate input from coworkers and supervisors.
● Valid driver's license.
● Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.
Utility Operators have the opportunity to move to level II
Additional duties of Level II
1. Serve as a mentor for new staff by providing on the job training
related to plant operation and preventive maintenance.
2. Assist with analyzing and troubleshooting plant operations using
historical and live operational trend data.
3. Take a lead role in executing maintenance and small upgrade
4. Recommend enhancements to preventative maintenance or operating
procedures to improve plant efficiency and reliability.
Criteria to move from Level I to Level II
1. Minimum of three years of experience in operations and/or
maintenance in the BU power plant.
2. Consistently achieve a performance rating of “Meets and Usually
Exceeds Expectations” for 3 consecutive years.
3. Demonstrate strong leadership skills, extensive knowledge of
plant equipment and operations, sound judgment, and strong
4. Demonstrate the ability to mentor new employees
5. Demonstrate the ability to analyze and interpret operational
trend data to troubleshoot issues and optimize operations.
6. Demonstrate the ability to work independently with little
direction from supervision.
7. Complete additional training as outlined in the Utility Plant
Operator training plan for Operator II or relevant training
approved by supervision.
● Experience maintaining
and repairing industrial equipment such as boilers, pumps,
compressors, chillers, etc.
● Working knowledge of industrial digital control systems (PLCs)
● 2-year or 4-year college degree or additional certification in a
relevant technical field is a plus.
1. Ability to move around the
entire work site including climbing ladders, stairs and scaffolds
and entering confined areas.
2. Lift and carry 75 pounds unassisted.
3. Ability to work on ladders, scaffolds, elevated walkways, roofs
and other elevated areas.
4. Must use personal protective equipment appropriate to the task
5. The position requires use of chemicals, solvents, cleaners, and
lubricants that may be hazardous and/or cause injury if specific
instructions regarding their use are not properly followed.
6. The person in this position works indoors and outdoors. There is
regular exposure to dust, dirt, weather, and temperature
7. Must be able to reach campus within 45 minutes of driving time
in the event of an emergency.
This is a full-time, year round, benefits eligible position.
This role is not budgeted for visa sponsorship at this time, all
candidates must be authorized to work in the US at the time of
submission of the application.
This is a Staff Non-exempt position with a hiring range of
$19.41-24.26 (NE10). The offer rate will be based on a review of
the candidate's credentials compared to the qualifications of the
position, internal equity, and our overall compensation
Eligible full- and part-time employees are compensated beyond base
salary through our total rewards package that includes (but is not
- flexible scheduling options determined by role;
- medical, prescription drug, vision, dental, life, and long-term
disability insurance options
- an outstanding 10% employer contribution to your retirement plan
(no contribution requirement for non-exempt positions)
- generous paid time off, including vacation and sick time, a
community service day, and 19 paid holidays (including two full
weeks off for Winter Break!)
- full-time and part-time members of the faculty and staff are
eligible for tuition remission for themselves. Additionally,
full-time members of the faculty and staff are eligible for tuition
remission for their spouse/spousal equivalent and are eligible for
various tuition programs for their children. Credit for full-time
benefits eligible employment at other institutions of higher
education will be applied to waiting periods.
- a comprehensive employee wellness program including program
- a myriad of other benefits, including parental leave, an employee
assistance program, fitness center membership, and the power of
your Bucknell ID card
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! (*Eligibility criteria and waiting periods may
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:
is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity,
equity and inclusion, and seeks candidates who will contribute to a
climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse
campus community. We endeavor to enhance our capacity to value and
capitalize on the cultural richness that diversity brings. We
encourage all individuals to apply and do not discriminate in
admissions, employment, educational programs and/or activities on
the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion,
disability, pregnancy, sex/gender, gender identity and/or
expression, sexual orientation, marital or family status, military
or veteran status, or genetic information.
To apply, visit https://careers.bucknell.edu/en-us/job/497377/utility-plant-operator