Reporting to the Associate Director of Facilities Management, the Heating and Cooling Plant Supervisor is responsible for the operation and maintenance of a central plant and distribution system that produces and delivers steam, hot water and chilled water to the Campus. This position is accountable for the overall standards of the Heating and Cooling Plant and assists in establishing a priority of work depending upon project schedules. Assists in project planning including budget development, establishing priorities, ordering materials, and maintaining inventory. Assists management of preventative maintenance program for plant and campus building mechanical systems.
STATUS: Full-time, 12 Month, With Benefits WORK HOURS: 7:00-3:30 Monday-Friday with occasional evening and weekend hours. FLSA: Exempt MINIMUM PAY: $62,692 / year
Essential and Related Functions:
Directs the operation and maintenance of the Central Steam and Chilled Water Plant to insure continuous and efficient generation of sufficient quantities of steam and chilled water to meet load demands.
Schedules periodic maintenance and makes frequent inspections of steam boilers and chillers to insure reliability and proper operation.
Schedules major shutdowns for maintenance when necessary. Coordinates efforts of outside contractors and/or in-house staff to achieve repairs.
Responds to emergencies and determines corrective actions using available resources. Coordinates with building occupants and Associate Director of MEP Services.
Sets and implements performance standards, including safe practices and quality standards. Issues daily work assignments and track progress by worker/task/project. Rejects work that is not up to standards.
Motivates employees by providing hands-on coaching, coordinated training and mentoring in order to maintain an engaged team. Counsels employees and addresses performance issues.
Schedules and monitors overtime as needed and makes staffing recommendations based on project schedules.
Monitors and operates high pressure boilers, mechanical refrigeration equipment, air compressors, fans, pumps, condensate pumps, water treatment and related equipment using a control system.
Regulates equipment operations and conditions; responds to system or unit abnormalities, diagnosing the cause, and recommending or taking corrective action.
Ensures operational and safety procedures are followed and comply with regulatory agencies/standards. Maintains all appropriate records.
Responds to safety concerns and/or hazardous situations providing guidance for processes and procedures; ensures post- emergency procedures are implemented.
Responds promptly to work order requests and completes necessary service and repair records.
Identifies and may resolve or make recommendations for non-standard/more complex problems with equipment, and systems through inspection and maintenance.
Supports campus wide activities in the areas of setups, snow and ice removal and any other duties as assigned.
Strategic Thinking - Keeps the University's strategic objectives in mind when developing and contributing to plans and initiatives for own work group. Is able to explain the link between team goals and the University's strategic direction to work group. Makes informed decisions based on a clear understanding of the impact and consequences involved. Considers key financial factors (e.g., budget, revenue, resources) when making decisions.
Change Adaptability - Stays focused on own work and responsibilities in a changing work environment. Is able to quickly reprioritize to ensure resources (e.g., work group members, systems, tools, etc.) are in place to achieve change objectives. Responds positively and is supportive of change initiatives.
Communication and Networking - Articulates thoughts clearly and is able to offer logical arguments to gain acceptance of an idea in a positive manner. Consistently communicates to work group and/or supervisor ensuring that everybody is well informed. Proactively builds informal networks at own level and uses them to drive results within own work group.
Drive for Results - Actively supports the continuous improvement of policies to reduce inefficiencies and better achieve goals. Respectfully holds people accountable for the quality of their work and minimal errors. Strives to achieve challenging goals and works through obstacles.
Talent Development - Sets appropriate targets and provides open and constructive feedback to work group. Shares growth opportunities within the University and motivates team to build on the capabilities required to progress. Proactively spends time with work group to build rapport. Actively resolves problems within own work group.
Minimum of 5 years of experience operating a central heating and cooling plant utilizing high-pressure boilers and water-cooled chillers. A minimum of three years supervisory experience is preferred. ASOPE Facility Operating Engineer, Class I or equivalent certifications. Extensive experience operating and maintaining high-pressure steam boilers, water-cooled chillers, ancillary equipment, and associated distribution systems. Must be willing to receive additional training as required. Ability to read and understand blue prints. Knowledge of National and Local Boiler Codes. Valid and unrestricted State of Virginia Driver’s License required. Required to respond to emergencies within 30 minutes. Must be able to follow verbal and written directions and provide responses in writing. Ability to use computers to read and respond to emails and to use basic applications is also required. This position requires the possession and maintenance of a valid Virginia vehicle operator’s license and a good driving record.
Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm as in handling.
Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
Repetitive motions: Making substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.
Standing: Remaining upright on the feet, particularly for sustained periods of time.
Balancing: Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing or crouching on narrow, slippery or erratically moving surfaces. This factor is important if the amount and kind of balancing the amount and kind of balancing exceeds that needed for ordinary locomotion and maintenance of body equilibrium.
Climbing: Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like, using feet and legs and/or hands and arms. Body agility is emphasized. This factor is important if the amount and kind of climbing required exceeds that required for ordinary locomotion.
Stooping: Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires full use of the lower extremities and back muscles.
Kneeling: Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on knee or knees.
Crouching: Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine.
Crawling: Moving about on hands and knees or hands and feet.
Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
Pushing: Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward.
Pulling: Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, drag, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion.
Lifting: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position to position. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires the substantial use of the upper extremities and back muscles.
The worker is subject to both environmental conditions: Activities occur inside and outside.
The worker is subject to vibration: Exposure to oscillating movements of the extremities or whole body.
Types of Work:
Medium work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are representative, but not all?inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
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Washington and Lee University is an independent liberal arts university founded in 1749, named for an early benefactor (George Washington) and an innovative president (Robert E. Lee). The campus is a national historical landmark, the city offers small-town charm, and the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains provide unparalleled surroundings. Students govern themselves in a community based on trust and honor. The faculty of teacher-scholars pursues a student-oriented approach to scholarship and nurtures lifelong relationships with the pupils. The curriculum blends traditional liberal arts and sciences with pre-professional programs in business, journalism and law. W&L prepares graduates for a life of learning, achievement, leadership, service and engaged citizenship in a global society.