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Central Plant Supervisor Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Supervises the central plant heating and cooling operation to ensure maximum efficiency and effectiveness.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is fourth in a series of four classifications. This classification typically reports to the Assistant Director of Physical Resources.

Examples of Duties:

  • Supervises and coordinates the work activities of subordinates.
  • Evaluates requests for repair and modifications of central plant equipment and systems; determines the causes of malfunctions, the extensiveness of repair or modification needs, the procedures and methods of corrective actions, and the cost feasibility, timetables, and priority in terms of central plant capabilities, capacities, and usage.
  • Coordinates the completion of repair/modification projects with contractors, vendors, and maintenance support services.
  • Develops long and short-term plans pertaining to manpower, equipment, and maintenance project needs.
  • Prepares specifications and designs for the repair, modification, and/or installation of central plant equipment and systems.
  • Monitors maintenance and repair work; maintains accurate daily logs and recordkeeping for the plant water laboratory, the high quality water distiller, and emergency generator, in addition to the boilers, refrigeration machines, pumps, towers, and plant auxiliaries.
  • Prepares capital and operating budgets for the central plant.
  • Coordinates with engineers, suppliers, contractors, and other related personnel concerning existing and new equipment, components, and/or parts related to the central plant operations to insure objectives and needs of the central plant are met; initiates purchase requisitions.
  • Coordinates with management of other departments in reviewing their facility utility requirements as it relates to central plant operations in terms of equipment, systems, and usage.
  • Prepares various reports pertaining to central plant operations and utility consumption for other University buildings.
  • Interprets University and department policies to assigned personnel and enforces safety regulations and adherence to proper codes and standards.
  • Programs control computer with load information.
  • Inspects central plant equipment for proper and safe operation.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of operation, maintenance, and repair of high and low pressure heating systems, cooling systems, and power plants.
  • Knowledge of boiler and pressure vessel design, construction, maintenance, and safety.
  • Knowledge of management principles, practices, and techniques.
  • Knowledge of budgetary practices and principles.

  • Skill in the operation, maintenance, and repair of power, heating, and cooling systems.
  • Skill in managing others and establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.

Minimum Qualifications:

Nine years of experience in the operation, maintenance and repair of high and low pressure heating and cooling systems which includes two years of lead or supervisory experience.; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved. Some positions in this classification may require Chloroflourocarbons Certification upon employment. Some positions in this classification may require a current Arizona driver's license upon employment.


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