The Department of Facilities Management and Planning is committed to provide the best service to our students and employees at Bridgewater State University. Our mission is to create, maintain, and manage a physical environment that enhances teaching, learning, and living; and serves to support our campus constituents and our region through responsible stewardship of resources.
Third Class Power Plant Engineer
This is a full-time, 12 month, AFSCME position.
TOUR OF DUTY: Tuesday through Saturday, 6:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.* DAYSOFF: Sunday and Monday* LOCATION: Campus Wide
This is an essential position.
This position will operate, maintain and/or repair high pressure boilers and auxiliary machinery and equipment; clean machinery and equipment; respond to emergencies or equipment breakdowns; maintain adequate supply of fuel; and perform related work as required.
The basic purpose of this work is to ensure that assigned power plant facility is operated and maintained safely and efficiently.
State Job Specifications are available in the Human Resources Office or on the Human Resources website: www.bridgew.edu/hr.
*Initial assignment only. Subject to change according to institutional needs.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate employment eligibility in accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.
-Checks, inspects and monitors various types of machinery, equipment and systems such as steam traps, heat control panels, safety valves and gauges, high and low water converters and/or steam reducing stations, gas systems, fire alarms, fire sprinklers and fire hydrant systems, standpipes, hot water preheat or oil jackets; various types of generators such as diesel, steam and turbine; various types of pumps and water pumping stations; pneumatic temperature and pressure control systems; electrical systems; steam and water lines and systems; refrigeration systems; air conditioning and ventilating systems; and motor bearings, boiler fires, air compressors, smoke stack emissions, coiling oil tanks and chemical tank levels, etc., to ensure that assigned plant facility is operated in a safe, efficient and pollution-free manner.
-Operates machinery and equipment such as chillers, boilers, generators, pumps and valves to ensure the provision of power.
-Repairs, overhauls and maintains machinery and equipment by replacing turbines, boilers, burners, motors, pumps and compressors; by using metal laths, electric hacksaws, pipe threaders and other machine shop equipment; by turning over auxiliary equipment as needed; by repairing and overhauling pipes, valves, gauges, etc.; by cleaning or replacing filters; by lubricating equipment; and by making minor electrical or plumbing repairs to keep equipment operating efficiently and to prevent breakdowns.
-Cleans and maintains work areas and plant machinery and equipment, such as suction and discharge oil strainers, burners, boilers and pumps to ensure the safety and efficiency of plant operations.
-Responds to emergencies and breakdowns by evaluating equipment or system problems; by identifying problems with systems covered under service contract and informing the appropriate contractor; by determining that repairs are necessary and taking corrective action; by deciding when to shut down equipment or systems; by transferring from automatic to manual operation; and by operating the power plant by total steam when other systems fail to ensure uninterrupted service.
-Oversees the acquisition, storage and use of fuel oils by verifying receipt of fuel and directing delivery to proper storage facility; monitoring fuel oil levels by means of a dipstick and treating fuel oil with additives to remove sludge and prevent corrosion to ensure the availability of clean burning fuel oil.
-Performs related functions such as inspecting operating systems on a regular basis and identifying and reporting faulty equipment; calibrating pneumatic temperature and pressure control systems; making entries in logs or other records of fuel consumption, temperatures, etc.; reviewing blueprints, technical manuals or other specialized material; adjusting heat levels according to outside temperatures; identifying work-related problems noted by personnel; responding to complaints; interpreting laws and codes and assessing their applicability to plant operations; attending training programs; and setting work or repair priorities.
-Performs other duties as required.
-Possession of a Third Class or higher Stationary Engineer’s license based on standards established by the Massachusetts Department of Public Safety and pursuant to Chapter 146 of the Massachusetts General Laws; -Knowledge of the types and uses of industrial type heating systems; -Knowledge of the types and uses of pneumatic controls used in power plant operations; -Knowledge of the fundamentals of electrical practice; -Knowledge of the types and uses of pumps used in water and fuel systems; -Knowledge of the methods and techniques of pipefitting; -Knowledge of the types and uses of chemicals used in water treatment; -Knowledge of the safety practices and procedures followed in power plants; -Knowledge of the types and uses of high and low pressure boilers; - Knowledge of principles, practices and techniques used in firing and operating high or low pressure coal or oil Knowledge fired boilers and their auxiliary equipment; -Knowledge of the proper methods for storing and handling fuels; -Skill in using small hand tools such as wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers, hacksaws and pipe threaders; -Ability to read, write, and comprehend the English language; -Ability to follow written and oral instructions; -Ability to lift heavy objects; -Ability to deal tactfully with others; -Ability to understand and apply the laws, rules and regulations governing assigned unit activities; -Ability to maintain accurate records; -Ability to give oral instructions in a precise, understandable manner; -Ability to work in group situations; -and all other appropriate duties as listed in the State Job Specifications.
A current and valid Massachusetts Driver’s License.
Bridgewater State University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants and employee with disabilities.
Incumbents of positions in this series work under exposure to the hazards of gases or noxious fumes, high pressure boilers, steamlines, caustic or inflammatory chemicals and high voltage; are exposed to intense heat and excessive noise; lift heavy objects; work varies shifts, weekends, holidays and nights; are subject to standby (on-call) work status; may work under exposure to the harmful effects of coal dust, asbestos or inadequate ventilation; and may work in a penal institution.
Please be aware that employment at Bridgewater State University is contingent upon completion of a successful background check.
Bridgewater State University (BSU) is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer which actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workforce. We are dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people.
Please note the following information is required to complete your application for this position:
*a minimum of one (1) employment history entry.
*a minimum of three (3) professional reference entries.
Internal Number: 14330
About Bridgewater State University
Since its founding in 1840, Bridgewater has remained steadfast in its commitment to empower individuals and instill in its community an abiding desire to advance the public good. Our rigorous and dynamic academic environment encourages students and faculty to develop their strengths and become leaders in their fields. At the same time, we strive to lead by example. As the university continues to build momentum, we continuously reinvest in the success of our students and our region.