Power Plant Control Technician - Seattle, WA

Employer: UW Facilities: Campus Utilities & Operations

Job Description:
Req #: 181485
Appointing Department Web Address: https://facilities.uw.edu/
Job Location: Seattle Campus
Posting Date: 08/10/2020
Closing Info: Closes On 08/23/2020
Salary: $5,449 to $7,247/month, effective 7.1.2020
Union Position: Yes
Shift: First Shift
Notes: Work Schedule: M -F; 7:00am-3:30pm

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for six consecutive years.

UW Facilities manages the University’s buildings, infrastructure and land, with more than 1,100 employees in a variety of fields. The Asset Management group includes Capital & Space Management, Real Estate, Sustainability and other teams responsible for planning and workload management. The Operations group includes Project Delivery, Maintenance & Construction, Campus Utilities & Operations, Building Services, Transportation Services and Safety. Supporting these groups, as well as the separate Emergency Management team, are the Business Intelligence & Information Technology group and the Finance & Administration group.

Campus Utilities & Operations has an outstanding opportunity for a Power Plant Control Technician (Control Technician) to perform journey-level control technician work in the operation, maintenance, repair, and alteration of the pneumatic, electronic, and electrical controls of the University of Washington Power Plant. This work requires special skills in instrument and control equipment maintenance.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
• Install, modify, troubleshoot, repair, test, calibrate and operate a variety of mechanical, pneumatic, electrical, and electronic equipment and apparatus used on large steam and power generation equipment.
• Troubleshoot complex operational problems in a steam power plant relative to the supporting instrumentation and controls.
• Troubleshoot and repair carbon monoxide, oxygen, nitric oxide analyzers, and opacity monitors for combustion controls and air emission monitoring systems.
• Overhaul, repair, and calibrate large pneumatic, electric, and electro-pneumatic computerized control valves.
• Work with design engineers and consultants to offer a plant perspective on methods of work pertaining to installation of control equipment and other systems in the facility.
• Read detailed control drawings to troubleshoot systems and review future installations.
• Research and order parts for repairs and new installations of electrical, mechanical, electronic and pneumatic control systems.
• Repair, replace, and bend stainless steel and other tubing.
• Follow safe work practices, comply with departmental and university policies, and comply with environmental and other regulations while performing duties.
• Prepare service histories, work orders, and fulfill other documentation requirements.
• May lead and instruct helpers as required.
• Perform related duties as required.

Core Competencies:
• Demonstrate personal integrity and trustworthiness.
• Manage stressful situations and changing priorities effectively.
• Anticipate, recognize and resolve problems.
• Be responsible and accountable.
• Use organizational skills and provide attention to details.
• Maintain a positive, optimistic, and success-oriented attitude.
• Exercise professionalism, which includes being tactful and courteous.
• Exhibit a professional work ethic.
• Continuously promote a safe work environment.

Click here to tour the "beating heart" of UW's facilities: UW Power Plant.

Requirements include:
• Completion of a 4-year approved institution course as a Control Technician Trainee;

OR four years of applicable experience in installation, repair, and maintenance of electrical and pneumatic control systems in an industrial facility.

Vocational or trade school training in control mechanisms may be substituted, year-for-year, for work experience up to a maximum of two years.

Additional Requirements include:
• Must be a strong team player not only able to work alone but able to work closely with multiple trades in a highly complex steam and power generation facility.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

• Conversant with an ABB Infi-Net 90 distributed control system and Allen-Bradley PLC5 computer systems.
• Conversant with a wide variety of communication protocols such as Hart, Modbus, Data Highway, Data Highway+, and Fieldbus.
• Ability to organize and plan your work schedule considering the operational needs of the facility and the other trades.
• Ability to communicate between trades staff and supervision to ensure smooth and continuous operation of the plant.
• Five or more years' experience as an instrument/control technician in a power generation or industrial facility.
• Journey-level status as an instrument/control technician. Conversant with Microsoft operating systems, MS Office programs and MS server programs.
• Familiar with HVAC DDC controls

Conditions of Employment:
• Approved safety shoes must be worn on the job; employees are eligible for reimbursement up to $100.
• This position is presently scheduled Monday-Friday, 7:00am to 3:30pm.
• May be subject to call-back outside normal working hours in order to respond to power plant operational problems.
• May be required to wear respiratory protection.
• Must be able to work in a non-smoking environment.
• Regular and predictable attendance is required.

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.

Application Process:
The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment, you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral. The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

TThe University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or dso@uw.edu.

Contact Person:
Location: Seattle, WA
Application Method: Online: https://uwhires.admin.washington.edu/eng/candidates/default.cfm?szCategory=JobProfile&szOrderID=181485&szlocationID=88
Base Pay: $5,449 to $7,247 MO

Posted on August 11, 2020

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