UNC Department of Public Safety Energy Utilities Specialist - Contributing in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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Department Description

Energy Services is responsible for the provision and operation of utilities (electricity, steam, chilled water, water, stormwater and wastewater), serving the University community exceeding 30,000 individuals, made up of students, faculty and staff employees. Energy Services’ performs an array of services including, but not limited to the following: production of steam, chilled water and electricity, maintenance of all associated production systems and distribution systems and construction planning and estimating. Energy Services consists of five (5) groups: (1) Cogeneration Systems (generation of electricity and steam and the distribution of steam throughout the entire campus and UNC Hospitals); (2) Electric Distribution Systems (distribution of electrical power throughout the campus); (3) Chilled Water Systems (producing and distributing chilled water throughout campus); (4) Water, Wastewater and Stormwater Systems (for the use and conservation of water, as well as the proper management of stormwater and runoff); (5) Administration (provides central financial, facility and human resources functions for the department). Cogeneration Systems primary purpose is the generation of steam to the various buildings on the University campus and to the UNC Hospitals. Steam is critical to the operations of the University and UNC Hospitals. It is used for heating, cooling, domestic hot water, sterilization of surgical instrument, distilled water production, food preparation and dish washing. Cogeneration Systems also generates electricity as a byproduct of the steam generation. It can presently supply about 30% of the peak campus electrical load.

Position Description

This position will learn the skill set required to assist the Shift Supervisor (SS), Control Room Operator (CRO) and Assistant Control Room Operator (ACRO) in the operation of all plant components, equipment and systems in complex steam and electric generating facilities, (Cogeneration Facility, Manning Drive Steam Plant and Landfill Gas Generation) to ensure that they operate safely and reliably. This position will also assist the SS, CRO, ACRO and other Auxiliary Operators (AO) in the operation of the Land Fill Gas System flare and generator. Position performs equipment LOTO, water lab testing, offloading of fuel oil and bulk chemcials, and maintains equipment performance logs and reports. This position is responsible for the daily inspection of the operating equipment for proper valve alignment, lubrication and equipment operating condition detected at the actual equipment in the field. The auxiliary equipment includes all plant equipment and components; for example: steam turbine generator, fans, pumps, piping systems, valves, control valves, tanks, mills, steam traps, cooling tower, condensers, fluid drives, heat exchangers air compressors, water treatment systems, bag houses, fuel oil storage, chiller units, ash removal system, etc.) These operations require an understanding of utilities systems, equipment and components. The operating practices will ensure safe, reliable and efficient operation of these multi-million dollar facilities. This position communicates with the appropriate personnel to ensure that all malfunctions are corrected in order to maintain continuous steam and electric service to the customers. The incumbent in this position will develop a skill level which will allow for growth opportunities throughout the Operations group. This position assists in the facility security during non-business hours and weekends 24/7. Positions at this level perform a variety of reoccurring and related tasks procedures and processes that are readily understood. Positions work under the direction of a supervisor and will be required to self-perform less complicated tasks. This position is an emergency duty/CDME and must report to work during periods of adverse weather or other University emergency.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

High school diploma or equivalency and two years of related experience; or equivalent combination of training and experience. Requires certification(s).

Preferred Qualifications

Directly related coal fired steam plant operations experience preferably at a Cogeneration Facility or other power plant/utilities experience is preferred.

Special Physical and Mental Requirements

The environmental conditions vary tremendously from air conditioning and heat to dusty, hot, humid and cold conditions. This position will be required to work in all conditions for various lengths of time depending on the operational requirements. This position will be required to enter confined spaces or hazardous environments with the appropriate PPE in accordance with established procedures. The position requires climbing ladders/stairs, ability to move 50+ pounds, ability to wear self-contained breathing apparatus, working with hands above head for extended periods of time and working on knees for extended periods of time. Mental concentration is vital in this position for the safe and reliable operation of the facilities. Attention to detail is required when operating plant systems and equipment from the DCS or locally and performing the rounds on the plant systems, equipment and components. This position is required to understand the operation of plant systems and equipment and a high degree of accuracy and technical skill is required when placing systems/equipment in and out of service. Attention to detail and mental concentration are required in order to operate equipment safely.

Position/Schedule Requirements Evening work, Exposure to Hazardous Materials, Night work, Overtime, Respirator, general use, Rotating shifts, Valid NC Driver’s License, Weekend work

Office of Human Resources Contact Information

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (919) 843-2300 or send an email to employment@unc.edu

Please note: The Office of Human Resources will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status.

Position Type: Permanent Staff (SHRA)

Is this an internal only recruitment?: No

Position Title: Energy Utilities Specialist - Contributing

Working Title: Auxiliary Operator

Position Number: 20019258

Vacancy ID: P007101

Budgeted Hiring Range: $30856 - $45252

Salary Grade Equivalent: 66

Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-Limited: Full-Time Permanent

Hours per week: 40

Department Name and Number: ES CG-227110

Date First Posted: 05/24/2017

Closing Date: 06/26/2017

Position Location: Chapel Hill, NC

Position Posting Category: Other

Stimulus/ARRA Funded: No