Job Details

Texas Tech University
  • Position Number: 1945920
  • Location: Lubbock, TX
  • Position Type: Facilities Management

Lead Utility Operator
Ops Div CHACP 1

Position Description
Performs supervisory and skilled work in the operation and maintenance of equipment in a central heating and cooling plant.

Major/Essential Functions
Operations Ability to demonstrate expertise in plant systems Coordinates, supervises, and with procedures safely, reliably and efficiently operates and swaps plant equipment as necessary to provide customer with uninterrupted services. Follow proper procedures pertaining to abnormal operational situations (casualty control). Troubleshoot equipment and systems not operating within proper limits. Uses skills learned to make sound decisions about plant equipment and safety to correct discrepancies, including immediately notifying appropriate personnel or supervisor for guidance and swapping equipment. Serves as an on-call operations supervisor and assumes the duties of the supervisor in their absence. Utilizes Utilivisor energy oversight to optimize plant efficiency.

Maintenance - Assists in planning, scheduling, supervising; and with technical manuals/procedures troubleshoots equipment not operating within proper limits, identifies discrepancies and conducts research to identify proper repairs. Safely performs maintenance, repairs and upkeep of plant equipment and systems. Uses learned skills to make sound decisions about plant equipment and safety to include immediately notifying appropriate personnel or supervisor for guidance. Lead a maintenance team in completing job assignments. Serves as an on-call supervisor and assumes the duties of the supervisor in their absence.

Administrative Duties Supervises and accurately completes assigned work orders, assigns work crews, orders parts, enters equipment discrepancies into maintenance management system, writes, hangs, and verifies placement of Equipment Out of Services tags. Completes and maintains accurate log of plant operational status to include but not limited to: daily logs sheet, utility reports, equipment reports, refrigeration logs, equipment out of service log, chronological log. Compiles results for trend analysis and creates load profiling based on results. Trains coworkers and junior employees on administrative procedures. Compiles daily and monthly production reports. Perform other assignments directed by supervisory personnel.

Required Qualifications
High school or equivalent plus five years as a licensed journeyman/tradesman or five years utility plant and job related experience including some supervisory experience. Additional related education may substitute on a year for year basis. Must have completed the Personnel Qualification System (PQS) requirements for Maintenance Mechanic and UPO I, II, III and IV, and Shift Supervisor. Must be currently certified by Red Cross (or equivalent) in CPR and first aid or become certified within six months of employment.

Preferred Qualifications
Formal training in stationary engineering, or power plant operations, 5 years experience working with boilers, steam systems, condensate systems, chillers, cooling towers, heat exchangers, pumps, turbines, chemistry, physics, metallurgy, instrumentation, maintenance, safety practices, hazardous materials handling, use of Microsoft Office, skilled in use of hand tools, basic mathematics skills. Experience in providing formal training. CFC Handling Certified Universal. Supervisory experience in a utility plant environment.

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