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4 Mar 2023

Full-Time Institution Chief Power Plant Engineer

Bridgewater State University – Posted by BridgewaterSU Bridgewater, Massachusetts, United States

Job Description

Institution Chief Power Plant Engineer

Department Summary:

Bridgewater State University is an inclusive community dedicated to the lifelong success of all students, focused on the continuous improvement of its people, and responsible for leading innovation that benefits Southeastern Massachusetts, the commonwealth, and the world. Bridgewater’s accessible environment of teaching and learning stimulates critical thinking, pursuit of new knowledge, and deeper understanding, the cultivation of meaningful and diverse interpersonal relationships, and fostering an appreciation for global engagement, all aimed at transforming lives and improving the human condition.

Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is reflected in our, which ensure that all students are supported and succeed.

Bridgewater State University is equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. Members of underrepresented groups, and those committed to working in a diverse cultural environment, are strongly encouraged to apply.

The mission of the Department of Facilities Management is to 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.

Position Summary:

This position provides a welcoming and inclusive environment by providing customer service to a diverse campus community of employees and students. Working with diverse students, parents, faculty, staff, and other involved parties by providing the highest level of student facing front-line customer service. We dedicate each day to student success and retention, as well as equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The Institution Chief Power Plant Engineer supervises the operation, maintenance and repair of a second class institution steam power plant; including the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, mechanical, electrical equipment and plumbing systems; and performs related work as required.

The basic purpose of this work is to operate and maintain a second class institution power plant.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Incumbents of positions at this level exercise direct supervision (i.e., not through an intermediate level supervisor) over 1-11 technical and maintenance personnel.

This is a full-time, 12 month, AFSCME position.

TOUR OF DUTY: Tuesday through Saturday, 6:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

DAYS OFF: Sunday and Monday

LOCATION: Campus Wide

This is an essential position.

This is an AFSCME unit position and is subject to the terms of that union agreement.

*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.

Position Type: AFSCME Classified

Essential Duties:

When you join the team at Bridgewater State University, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative, and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community partners.Members of underrepresented groups, minorities, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and all persons committed to diversity and inclusive excellence are strongly encouraged to apply.

• Checks, inspects and monitors the operation, maintenance, repair and cleaning of boilers, furnaces and auxiliary boiler equipment, such as stokers, oil burners, flow meters, pumps, compressors, generators, 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 stations; pneumatic temperature and pressure control systems and other similar mechanical items; and makes repairs to power plant equipment or other mechanical or electrical repairs, steam traps, heat control panels, safety valves and gauges, high and low water converters and/or steam reducing stations, electrical systems; steam and water lines and systems; refrigeration systems and equipment; institution heating system; an institution water distribution system, including pumping, wells and storage; an institution drainage and sewage system, including filter beds; and the institution’s outside electrical distribution 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.

• Checks, inspects and monitors reading of gauges; adjustments to equipment and the observation of equipment operation; supervises the observation of power consumption meters and the starting, synchronizing, switching and stopping of generators as required.

• Checks, inspects and monitors the maintenance of power house logs, recording gauge readings, fuel consumption, power generation and maintenance work; keeps time, vacation, sick leave and other work attendance records.

• Performs related duties such as requisitioning maintenance and repair supplies and materials; and prepares power plant reports and general maintenance and repair reports.


• Institution Chief Power Plant Engineers work varied shifts, nights, weekends and holidays’ are exposed to extreme heat and noise and wet and slippery floors; may climb ladders and scaffolding over 15 feet in height; are exposed to high voltage, noxious fumes and odors, high pressure boilers and furnaces; and work in cramped, confined and poorly lit spaces.

• 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.

Required Qualifications:

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community.

• Possession of a Second 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

• Commitment to customer service excellence/support to enhance an environment of equity, diversity and inclusion.

• Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

• Passion for and commitment to social justice, racial justice, and civic engagement.

• 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;

• All other appropriate duties as listed in the State Job Specifications.

Preferred Qualifications:

• A current and valid Massachusetts Driver’s License.

Work Environment:

Bridgewater State University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants and employee with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for the application process, please complete and submit this electronic form:

Special Conditions for Eligibility:

Please be aware that employment at Bridgewater State University is contingent upon completion of a successful background check.

This position is not eligible for H-1B sponsorship.

Recommended candidate must successfully pass a pre-employment physical as a condition of employment.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement This position must comply with the University Covid-19 Attestation requirement. All employees must be fully vaccinated and complete the Covid-19 Attestation upon hire.Medical or Religious ExemptionsAn employee may request an exemption to the vaccination requirement based on the existence of medical contraindication to vaccination. In addition, an employee may request an exemption to the vaccination requirement based on a sincere religious belief. In both cases, an employee will be required to submit documentation to support the request for an exemption. Employees who secure an exemption may be required to take additional precautions in the workplace and will be required to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing through the university’s Wellness Center.

Salary Range: $3,020.40 Bi-weekly (Grade 22 – Step 6)

Posting Number: S00926P

Open Date: 02/24/2023

Close Date: 3/26/2023

Open Until Filled: No

Special Instructions to Applicants:

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.

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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.

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