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NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY
HUMAN RESOURCES SERVICES

POSITION CLASSIFICATION DESCRIPTION


Position Classification Title: Plant Operator,Ld
Position Classification Code: K4064
Job Family: Grounds and Facilities
Pay Level: 07
Exempt Status: Non-exempt
This description is intended to describe the general nature of the work being performed. It is not intended to be a complete list of specific duties of any particular position. Duties, responsibilities and bargaining unit eligibility may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position.
Purpose of Classification:
Operates high pressure boilers, refrigeration units, gas turbines, electrical production, and potable water systems. Performs standard water analysis and chemical treatment of operating systems. Leads assigned staff in operation and preventative maintenance in the absence of the supervisor.May be required to work occasional 16-hour shifts, as scheduled or as otherwise required.
Standard Duties:
Operates, cleans, and performs preventative maintenance on rotating and stationary equipment, to include high pressure boilers, gas turbines, industrial chillers, and auxiliary equipment. Controls the generation of steam, chilled water, electricity, and compressed air through the use of programmable logic controllers or desktop computer based controls. Operates, controls, and adjusts machinery to generate electric power; monitors control and switchboard gauges to determine if electrical power distribution meets specifications. Operates, cleans, and performs preventative maintenance on various kinds of refrigeration units, to include absorption, centrifugal, and heat exchangers. Assists with special projects. Tests boiler water, condensate, feedwater, and cooling tower water samples; adds appropriate chemical treatment to boiling and cooling waters to maintain correct levels of phosphate, alkalinity, and total dissolved solids to protect equipment from internal corrosion and damage. Continuously monitors various gauges and automatic recording devices at specified times to assess operating conditions; records operational data, to include equipment temperatures, pressures, hours of operation, fuel consumption, water levels, water consumption, and electrical production and usage. Tests, operates, and performs preventative maintenance on emergency generators; logs results.Examines machinery or mechanical equipment and identifies reason for malfunction; performs minor maintenance repairs to bring unit back on line. Ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies; promotes continuous improvement of workplace safety and environmental practices. Leads and assists in the training of Utilities Plant Technicians. Maintains records of technical information for the purpose of preventative maintenance; uses and supports a computerized maintenance management system. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of high pressure boilers, chilled water production units, compressors, turbines, generating units, and potable water systems. Knowledge of pressure testing on piping and pressure vessels. Knowledge of computerized maintenance management principles as related to supplies, equipment, and/or services ordering and inventory control. Knowledge of mechanical equipment, plumbing, utilities, distribution systems, controls and/or HVAC systems, including maintenance and troubleshooting. Knowledge of pressure testing on piping and pressure vessels.
Skill in the use of personal computers and related software applications. Organizing and coordinating skills.
Ability to monitor and/or maintain quality control standards. Ability to lead assigned staff including prioritizing and scheduling work assignments. Ability to operate and maintain utility plant equipment. Ability to work in elevated locations up to 75 feet. Ability to use hand and power tools applicable to trade. Ability to monitor operating conditions by reading meters, gauges, and automatic recording devices. Ability to test systems and/or operations in compliance with published standards. Ability to provide on-the-job and technical guidance and training to staff. Ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures. Ability to enter boiler steam drums, water drums, fireboxes and dearating feed tanks. Ability to test boiler and cooling waters to ensure compliance with set standards. Ability to discern colors for colorimetric testing of water samples and/or reading of color-coded plan instrumentation. Ability to test systems and log results. Ability to perform inspections and make necessary adjustments to conform to job specifications.
Minimum Qualifications:
   Education- High School diploma or GED certificate.
   Experience- Eight (8) years of experience related to the standard duties as outlined.
   Equivalency- Completion of a post-secondary degree or certificate may substitute for years of experience.
   Certifications/License- Receipt of valid New Mexico B01/B02 boiler operator's license within nine (9) months of hire date. Possess a valid New Mexico driver's license.
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