Salary: Salary commensurate with education and experience
Criminal Background Check: Yes
Motor Vehicle Records Check: Yes
About the Department:
George Mason University Facilities ensures a quality physical environment supporting the mission of the university. We will be the technical and business experts of choice with the total trust and confidence of our students, faculty and staff.
About the Position:
Under the supervision of the Power Plant Operator Shift Supervisor, oversees the operation of the Central Heating and Cooling Plant (CHCP) and all satellite plants during the designated shift to ensure smooth operation and provide a service to the George Mason University community to where there is some feeling of security in the event of malfunction.
Day to Day Plant Operation:
Assist Plant Operators II and III, and the Shift Supervisor on duty with the operation of boilers and/or high temperature hot water generators using natural gas or #2 diesel as a fuel;
Assist Plant Operators II and III, and the Shift Supervisor in the operation of central refrigeration system, including condenser and chilled water systems, cooling tower operation and various pumping systems; and
Assist Plant Operators II and III, and the Shift Supervisor in the operation of various systems, such as fuel systems, feedwater, controls systems, pumping and expansion tank systems, troubleshooting and correcting problems with boilers, chiller and other heat/cool related equipment.
Daily Plant Monitoring and Preventive Maintenance:
Monitor gauges and meters in boilers and other related equipment during assigned shifts and initiates immediate action on case of malfunctions or breakdowns. Adheres to department procedures regarding safety standards;
Check and record various temperatures, pressures, water levels, water and air flows;
Perform preventive maintenance and fulfill all the needs of equipment to ensure peak performance;
Read and record various in-plant meters and make calculations necessary for plant efficiency reports;
Assist in the collection of various operating and maintenance records;
Assist in the operation of various chemical feed systems, including making various chemical tests; and
Clean all CHCP boilers once yearly to ensure peak performance.
Assist Plant Operators II and III in the operation of various chemical feed systems, including making various chemical tests in different locations; and
Clean all CHCP boilers and chiller tubes and cooling tower once yearly to ensure peak performance.
Perform miscellaneous duties such as cleaning and painting the equipment and mechanical areas;
Pick up materials from suppliers when requested. Inspects areas and reports problems to supervisor;
Maintain paperwork and electronic communications, including work orders, including recording time;
Order and include materials on work orders in an expedient manner;
Follow established university and departmental policies and procedures; follow established safety procedures and reports accidents and problems to supervisor promptly;
Perform assigned progressive on-the-job training tasks to develop skills in the Power Plant trade; and
Perform other related duties as assigned, including snow removal during inclement weather events.
High school diploma or equivalent;
Experience in the operation of boilers, chillers and ancillary equipment;
Working knowledge of the Principles of Combustion and Power Plant Operator I practices including operation of large industrial/commercial boilers and chillers; heating, ventilation, refrigeration, and air conditioning; manual and electrical tools and equipment;
Some knowledge in the operation of boilers, chillers, and ancillary equipment;
Basic skills operating mechanical, electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic equipment;
Skill in Microsoft Office software including Excel to develop spreadsheets;
Demonstrated ability to make repairs and maintain a variety of mechanical and electrical equipment, read and interpret gauges, record, and monitoring equipment, perform required chemical tests, perform record keeping tasks, quickly react and make plant operation decisions;
Ability to read, write, and perform mathematical calculations; and
Valid Driver's License; Valid driver's license: must currently possess an appropriate, active, valid motor vehicle operator's license that meets all of GMU's requirements for operating state vehicles and equipment under Mason's Vehicle Use Policy 1411 https://universitypolicy.gmu.edu/policies/vehicle-use/. The Office of Risk Management reserves the right to review the driver's licenses and Motor Vehicle Reports (MVRs) of all candidates selected with employment contingent upon a favorable review.
One or more years of experience in the operation of boilers, chillers and ancillary equipment;
Low pressure and high-pressure boiler certification; and
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Plant Operation Certification.
Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must apply for Power Plant Operator at https://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and provide a resume and a list of three professional references with contact information.
Posting Open Date: November 13, 2023
For Full Consideration, Apply by: November 30, 2023
George Mason University is a public, comprehensive, research university established by the Commonwealth of Virginia located in Northern Virginia, outside of Washington, D.C. Mason was initially founded as a branch of the University of Virginia in 1949, and became an independent institution in 1972. George Mason University is an innovative and inclusive academic community committed to creating a more just, free, and prosperous world.