Co-Generation Plant Operator University of California – Irvine University of California – Irvine 460 reviews

The Division of Finance and Administration (DFA) provides services and support to over 50,000 students, faculty, and staff with the mission of advancing UCI’s brilliant future and the vision of becoming world-class campus partners. DFA serves the university as planning partners, problem solvers, and solution providers—striving to make it as easy as possible for people to get the services they need, when they need them. Facilities Management is proud to support the campus mission of advancing UCI's brilliant future by creating a physical environment that allows our students, faculty and staff to thrive. Our goal is to provide safe, reliable and clean spaces through high quality maintenance, operation, planning, and renovation services for our 1,475-acre main campus. We accomplish this with our dedicated skilled staff who strive to provide excellent customer service and responsiveness.

Plant Operations and Maintenance has primary responsibility for the operation, maintenance, service, and repair of Central Plant, building, machinery and utility systems at UCI. Responsibility for, but not limited to, the operation, maintenance, and cleaning of the combustion turbine generator; steam turbine generator; heat recovery system; AQMD emissions reduction systems; gas compressor; related electrical equipment and systems; high pressure, multi-fuel and HTHW boilers; both steam and electric chillers; cooling tower; air compressors; water softeners; high temperature hot water generators; air dryer systems; vacuum systems; emergency generators; all auxiliary equipment and any other equipment under the jurisdiction of the Central Plant. Maintain accurate records of equipment operation and maintenance on log sheets and logbooks. Maintain accurate records of time and materials used for equipment repairs and maintenance. Provide emergency services, excellent customer communications and services to the campus community. The position is responsible for assisting in the development, implementation and maintenance of a preventive and corrective maintenance program to insure reliable operation of the central plant and an accurate maintenance history of all plant and building equipment. The position will also perform operational, maintenance and other duties as assigned, associated with the central plant.

Compensation Range:

Hourly: $42.17
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Three years Power Plant experience: Operation and maintenance.
Must possess (within 6 months of hire) a valid unlimited Steam Operating Engineering License, issued by the City of Los Angeles.
Must be able to adjust priorities to accomplish objectives in a changing work environment. Knowledge of gas turbine engines and electrical systems. Knowledge of commonly accepted industry operation/maintenance practices. Ability to replace bearings and seals on pumps and motor. Knowledge and skills to operate, troubleshoot, maintain, and repair all central plant equipment and systems. Knowledge and skills to operate, troubleshoot, maintain, and repair all campus building mechanical equipment and systems. Pipe fitting skills of all sizing. Blk. pipe, PVC piping and SS tubing. Ability to use PC or computer system to access and manipulate data and control equipment and processes. Ability to manage programs and maintain files, records, and logs. LOTO (Lock Out/Tag Out) experience Must be able to see and read well enough to understand written work instructions, technical manuals, blueprints, computer screens, printouts, etc. Various equipment experience: Maintain, operate, repair, overhaul, replace. (Vac. Pumps, air comp., air dryers, various water system skids) Knowledgeable in Rigging, and lifting heavy equipment. Ability to align pumps, fans, and motors. Must have oral and written communication skills adequate to convey instructions, directions and information to co-workers, managers, customers, and contractors.


Possession of E.P.A. Certified Universal Technician Licenses.
Possession of a Turbine Endorsement on the valid unlimited Steam Operating Engineer License Knowledge of University policies and procedures.

Special Conditions Required:

Must be able to work scheduled/unscheduled overtime, during weekends, holidays, and off-shift periods and be accessible by telephone. Must have the physical stamina to work in inclement weather (hot/cold) conditions, confined spaces, from ladders, scaffolds, roofs, etc. Must be able to climb a vertical ladder to the height of approximately 50 feet. Must possess a valid California Driver’s License and participate in the DMV Pull program. Must be able to operate FM vehicle. Must be familiar with and comply with specific and detailed safety procedures, such as biosafety and confined entry requirements, radiation safety and biosafety protocols, asbestos removal procedures, specifics of Material Safety Data Sheets, etc. Must be able to appropriately wear personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks, goggles, face shields, gowns, gloves and protective safety equipment such as safety glasses and safety shoes.

Final candidate subject to background check. As a federal contractor, UC Irvine is required to use E-Verify to confirm the work status of individuals assigned to perform substantial work under certain federal contracts/subcontracts.
The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

UCI provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities upon request. For more information, please contact Human Resources at (949) 824-0500.

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