Central Plant Operator
Basic Function and Responsibilities:
According to available resources, the Central Plant Operator (CPO) is responsible for the operation, and inspection of all Central Plant internal systems, campus utility systems, and related ancillary equipment that supports the distribution of electricity, chilled and hot water to the campus. The CPO documents the need for, and is responsible for the maintenance and scheduled repairs to the same, which may include unscheduled or emergency repairs.
Typical Job Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Monitors and executes daily operation of the Central Plant via on site inspection and computerized EMS monitoring.
2. Maintains, troubleshoots and repairs problems as they arise with the Caterpillar natural gas fired and diesel gensets, SCR/Urea delivery system, cooling towers, Central Plant internal 12kV, 4160V, and 480V switchgear electrical systems, campus 4160V distribution system, boilers, air compressors and associated piping, electric and pneumatic control valves, motors and VFD motor controls, pumps, and associated auxiliary equipment. This includes preventative maintenance of all Central Plant systems.
3. Monitors and coordinates with outside contractors to maintain centrifugal and absorption chillers.
4. Monitors and maintains water treatment for the chilled, hot water and engine jacket water closed loop systems, cooling towers, and pools.
5. The CPO is responsible for record‐keeping and maintaining all work documentation. Makes entries in the daily electronic logbook, and is responsible for maintaining continuity between shifts using verbal and written communication and instructions for the next shift. Maintain CEMS logs, and keeping the Manager, Central Plant and HVAC up to date on any AQMD compliance issues.
6. Takes equipment readings, makes amendments to technical manuals and schematics, orders equipment manufacture's manual updates. Performs computerized data entry for the equipment monitoring/meter reading program and preventative maintenance program.
7. Schedules the purchase and inventory of all parts and materials necessary for an efficient plant operation.
8. Schedules campus lighting and HVAC systems through computerized EMS system.
9. Assumes plant custodial duties as directed to maintain a clean and safe work environment.
10. Serves as field technician as required.
11. Responds to campus maintenance emergencies as directed
12. Must be available for overtime work as needed to perform maintenance and repairs to equipment.
13. Must be available to work on an on‐call basis as needed to respond to equipment failures or problems associated with utility systems on weekends, holidays, or other times when the cogeneration plant is not staffed.
14. Performs other related tasks as assigned, some of which may become essential to the position.
Supervision Received: Manager, Central Plant and HVAC
Supervision Over Others: None
1. Must have strong mechanical aptitude, logical thinking, and analytical skills with the ability to share knowledge.
2. Must have the ability to remain steadfastly positive in the face of adversity.
3. Must be able to read and understand blueprints, schematic diagrams and technical data sheets.
4. Must have good computer skills, with the ability to perform arithmetic computation.
5. Must be able to keep up with due dates on paperwork.
6. Must be able to perform duties with little-to-no daily supervision; self-motivation required.
7. Must be able to work in a noisy high temperature environment regularly.
8. Must be able to work on ladders, and be comfortable with heights.
9. Must be able to meet Biola University’s driving requirements.
10. Holds personal theological beliefs that are in agreement with the Biola Doctrinal Statement. Maintain a lifestyle consistent with sound Christian principles and standards of conduct promulgated by the institution.
High School graduate or its equivalent
Knowledge and experience in any or all of the following fields preferred: Engine maintenance, electrical, HVAC, welding, mechanical, plumbing. Must be experienced with motors, pumps, and electrical equipment repairs and maintenance.
Must consider safety one’s primary job, both for personal, co-worker and public benefit, and must have general knowledge of safe working practices with High Voltage, Chemicals, Spinning Machinery, Automated Equipment, High Noise levels, High Temp liquid and equipment and of CAL-OSHA requirements.
Handle Objects: Frequently
Reach above Shoulder Level: Frequently
Use Fine Finger Movements: Constantly
Carry/Lift Loads over 50 Pounds: Frequently
Perform Calculations: Frequently
Communicate Orally: Frequently
Reason and Analyze: Constantly
Chemical/Biological Agent: Frequently
Construction Activities: Frequently
Contact with Water/Liquids: Frequently
Drive Motorized Equipment: Frequently
Confined Spaces: Occasionally
Elevated Work Location: Occasionally
Temperature Variations: Frequently
Hours Per Week: 40
Months Per Year: 12