The Chief Engineer is responsible for the safe, reliable and compliant 24 hour operation of the Wellesley College Central Utility Plant (Steam, chilled water, co-generation/peaker plant configuration and associated equipment). The power plant is also responsible for the underground infrastructure leaving the plant until it enters the various building (Reference as the demark point).
The plant facilities include, but are not limited to, the boiler plant with three high pressure dual fueled boilers (2 – Zurn, 1 – Nebraska: all 40,000 lbs/hr, chiller plant (Trane chillers - combination of steam absorbents & centrifugal electrical units, campus wide emergency generators and all related machinery.
The Chief Engineer will be working closely with the Lead Engineer to properly assign Operations Engineers, Stationary Firemen, Engine Mechanics and other trades personnel to work projects, such as the annual inspections of the boilers and mechanical equipment for proper operation and needed repairs. All work assignments need to be captured in the facilities department work order system.
Manage a portion of the operating budget dedicated to the operation of the power plant, including oversight of minor and major maintenance projects at the plant and development of fuel procurement strategies.
This position reports to the Director of Operations, and work as part of the Operations Leadership Management Team. Primary responsibility: Prepare and file lengthy and detailed reports associated with the operation of the plant in compliance with regulatory requirements (working with the Director of Environmental Health and Safety). Provide primary point of data collection on energy use and management for the College.
Safe and legal operation and management of the Central Utility Plant, to include scheduling and training of personnel, their work plans, and compliance initiatives.
Gather, trend, and report all relevant utility operation and energy use data for optimization of the plant, informing purchasing decisions, and assisting in planning for appropriate budgets.
Oversee and coordinate all contracted maintenance in the plant.
Participate as an active member of the Operations Leadership Team. Engage other department managers in coordinated initiatives across campus that improve reliability, enhance overall utility performance, or further campus sustainability efforts.
Oversee other trades personnel involved in work in the plant or distribution system.
Develop and submit (with consultants as appropriate) all required regulatory and compliance documentation for the safe and legal operation of the Central Utility Plant.
The Chief Engineer will supervise a total of eight unionized personnel consisting of (1) Group Leader (Engine Mechanic), (4) Watch Engineers, (1) Relief Watch Engineer/Mechanic and (2) Engine Mechanics.
Second Class Operator’s license or higher.
Engineering degree or equivalent expertise gained through extensive experience.
Minimum 10 years of experience in utility grade plant operation required.
Skills and Abilities:
Supervisory experience working with unionized plant operators and mechanics.
Experience with web-based reporting; Excel-based data recording and analysis; knowledge of facilities management software systems such as Workday (College Financial System) and TMA (Work order system).
Prior experience overseeing successful planned and major maintenance and construction projects related to utilities
Current knowledge of regulations including Greenhouse Gas Reporting and other requirements pertaining to fuel, engine operation.
Ability to multi-task directives to support the plant objectives.
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