Deputy Director for Energy Plant Operations directs the complex operation, repair and maintenance of the Central Energy Facility and equipment which generates and distributes chilled water and steam to and from major buildings on the College of Charleston campus. Functions as working supervisor and is responsible for all maintenance and operation of the mechanical/industrial equipment at Central Energy associated with the gas and oil fired high pressure boilers, heat exchangers, centrifugal chillers, chilled water units, condensers, pumps and valves. Also responsible for associated plumbing and fuel systems, high voltage electrical distribution centers, underground steam and chill water piping and all mechanical rooms in College buildings.
Associate’s degree in Engineering Technology or relevant field and master-level work experience in Industrial Energy Systems Operations, maintenance and management of pressure systems and related mechanical equipment, specifically, boiler programmers and safety circuits. Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Technology preferred. Position requires industrial work center supervisory experience as well. Must have a valid SC driver’s license as the employee will be required to drive state vehicles to transport equipment &/or personnel when needed. Candidates with an equivalent combination of experience and/or education are encouraged to apply.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Extensive knowledge of operation, installation, repair and maintenance of industrial equipment, such as steam and chill water systems, and air conditioning systems required. Considerable knowledge of mechanical equipment, pipe fitting, electricity and machinery required. Must have extensive knowledge of boiler safety circuits and programmer systems. Thorough understanding of emergency recovery of boiler systems after shut-down and capability to supervise safe troubleshooting of control circuits. Must have knowledge of licensing and inspection requirements for high pressure boilers in public institutions.
Must have knowledge of State building codes and procurement procedures. Significant knowledge of OSHA safety regulations while working around mechanical equipment, handling chemicals and environmental hazards in this field is essential. Knowledge of appropriate OSHA confined space entry procedures, lock-out / tag-out procedures, electrical safety and troubleshooting procedures required. Must have computer skills and be proficient in MS Word, Excel, & Outlook.
All employees at the College are expected to perform their jobs in a safe manner in accordance with best safety practices as prescribed by their department, the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration training as provided by the Facilities Management at the College of Charleston.
Additional Comments Regarding Position
Must be physically able to perform duties as described. Must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds and perform physically demanding, repetitive tasks. Must be physically able to enter confined spaces, such as manholes, to perform and/or oversee maintenance and inspection duties. Must be able to climb and work on high ladders and scaffolding. This position requires the ability to lift and use heavy equipment and tools. May be exposed to extreme temperatures, humidity, and noisy conditions. May be in contact with hazardous materials requiring the use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
Expected to carry a cell phone and subject to recall 24/7 as a replacement Utilities Plant Operator and/or to assist with emergency repairs or situations, including hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, fires or equipment failures. May be required to be on campus during and immediately following all emergencies such as hurricanes, floods, etc.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Please complete the application to include all current and previous work history and education. A resume will not be accepted nor reviewed to determine if an applicant has met the qualifications for the position.
*Salary is commensurate with education/experience which exceeds the minimum requirements.
Offers of employment are contingent upon a successful background check.
The College of Charleston is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, or disability.
1. Directs the operation, repair and maintenance of the Central Energy Facility at the College. As the stationary engineer, ensures compliance with inspection requirements for boiler operations. Directs the disassembly and reassembly of boilers and annual inspections required by State LLR and insurance company. Ensures the proper operation of the Energy Management System (EMS) for the campus and all mechanical rooms. In conjunction with the Director of EH&S and the Director of Utility Services, develops, implements, and enforces policies and procedures for all emergency situations and for the safety and security of all equipment, machinery, and persons. Establishes the preventive maintenance schedules and ensures compliance. Confers with the appropriate parties to troubleshoot and resolve problems. Reviews operation to ensure efficient use of resources and minimize energy costs. Ensures that equipment maintenance and repair performed by outside contractors is appropriately monitored to ensure work is performed to standard trade practice and in accordance with purchase order.
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2. Works with Director of Utility Services and Finance Manager to manage the Central Energy budget. Maintains records and prepares reports regarding status of projects and maintenance schedules. Participates in long-range planning and advises regarding replacement and/or repair of existing equipment. Implements purchases of equipment and supplies as necessary following all required procurement policies and procedures
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3. Interviews and makes hiring recommendations. Evaluates, trains, coaches, and communicates expectations and standards of performance to subordinates. Holds staff accountable for following all procedures to stand watch and performing required maintenance on each shift. Takes disciplinary action as appropriate. Prioritizes tasks, allocates equipment/materials and inspects results for compliance with all regulations and standards.
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4. Confers with Director of Environmental Health and Safety, Director of Utility Services, Fire & Life Safety, Public Safety, Dominion Energy, CPW, College Administration, etc. regarding emergency situations. Ensures compliance with all safety requirements and reports to the campus during all emergencies or in the case of equipment failures.
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