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Alternate Work Shift
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Facilities Services (FS) is a world-class organization providing exceptional services anywhere, anytime in support of the University of Washington's mission of teaching, research, and discovery. FS engages employees through LEAN practices and continuous improvement. FS includes eight departments that operate, maintain and support the University: Administration & Strategic Initiatives (AVP), Building Services Department (BSD), Campus Engineering & Operations (CE&O), Facilities Employee Services (FES), Facilities Maintenance & Construction (FMC), Finance and Business Services (FABS), Transportations Services (TS), and UW Emergency Management (EM).
Campus Engineering provides professional engineering support for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of all University facilities. Campus Operations maintains and operates critical building systems including fire/life safety systems, elevator systems, building environmental systems and controls, central clock systems, high voltage distribution systems, and a utility shutdown coordination program. Campus Operations also provides emergency maintenance response service to the Seattle campus community, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Campus Utilities produces steam, emergency electrical power, chilled water, and compressed air for the campus.
We have an outstanding opportunity for a Power Plant Operating Engineer I to work in a highly complex central power plant and the west campus plant that provides steam, chilled water, electricity and emergency power to a large campus with a combined teaching, research, and health care mission. Operate and maintain multiple high-pressure superheated boilers (425 psi or greater), multiple chillers (2000 ton or greater), and at least one steam turbine electrical generator with a minimum 5000kW output. Operate and monitor a complex steam and electrical power distribution system using a computer-monitored control system serving a population equivalent to a city of 50,000. Operate and maintain several diesel generators which provide emergency power to a medical center for critical life-safety and other emergency power loads on campus. Operate and maintain a high-pressure air system for instrument and control air.
Maintain, clean, and fuel high-pressure steam boilers under the direction of a lead person and assist with the operation of power plant equipment. Under general supervision, follow established procedures to operate, maintain, and clean high-pressure, superheated boilers. Operate, maintain, and clean other power plant equipment as directed. Learn all aspects of plant operation to be able to independently operate the system in emergency situations.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Perform internal and external cleaning of boilers including steam drum and firebox areas
Disassemble, remove and clean internal boiler components
Clean fuel oil guns and fuel oil systems, and other equipment and areas in the power plant facility
Assist higher level Power Plant Operating Engineers with operation of multiple high-pressure superheated boilers (425 psi or greater) and other lower-pressure boilers (185 psi), up to an individual boiler capacity of 250,000 pounds or more per hour, and all auxiliary equipment
Assist with the operation of other power plant equipment including: combustion control equipment, ash conveyor systems, fuel systems, air compressors, electrical generating equipment, water analysis equipment, fans, blowers, and turbines
Assist with the maintenance and repair of power plant equipment
Collect, log and print operational data and change recording charts, monitor fuel deliveries
Perform water treatment testing and chemical additions
Study required training materials, information, and training tasks while on shift to become qualified to independently operate boilers and other equipment within the power plant facility
Maintain safe operating practices and comply with other local, state, and federal regulatory requirements while on shift
Perform minor maintenance and repairs while on shift and perform other emergency repairs necessary to maintain continuous operation
Operate vehicles such as UW vans and trucks to transport tools, equipment and personnel to various job sites.
Perform other duties as assigned
Regular and predictable attendance is required
Demonstrate personal integrity and trustworthiness
Manage stressful situations and changing priorities effectively
Anticipate, recognize and resolve problems
Be responsible and accountable
Use organizational skills and provide attention to details
Maintain a positive, optimistic and success-oriented attitude
Exercise professionalism, which includes being tactful and courteous
Applicable Steam Engineer License required by local municipality, if any
Three years of experience in operation and maintenance of boilers and related systems OR equivalent education/experience
Additional requirements include:
Have knowledge and understand of safe work practices and policies
Must be able to wear all proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required
Must be able to follow written and/or verbal instructions and communicate in English regarding the use of chemicals, supplies, and equipment; comply with safety policies and procedures
Possession of a valid Washington State Driver's License or a license recognized as valid by the State of Washington.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Conditions of Employment:
Approved safety shoes must be acquired at employee's expense and worn on the job
Must be able to work in a non-smoking environment
Regular and predictable attendance is required
This position is designated as performing an essential service and is required to report to work during any suspension of University operations, unless specifically notified otherwise.
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.
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Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergra...duate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.