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District Energy Systems Engineer 1 - (Dual Licensure Stationary Engineer)

  • Requisition no: 507766
  • Work type: Full Time
  • Location: Manhattanville
  • School/Department: Facilities Operations
  • Grade: District Energy Sys Engineer 1
  • Categories: Facilities/Maint/Trades/RealEs
  • Job Type: Support Staff - Union --
  • Bargaining Unit: TWU - B&G
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 40
  • Salary Range: $54.59 per hour

Position Summary

LOCATION(S): Manhattanville Campus
SCHEDULE: Thursday to Monday, 11:45pm-8:15am

A District Energy Systems Engineer is a position in the facilities department working directly with District Energy Systems Management team providing high quality and effective work that will lead, perform and/or assist in any routine or emergency operations and functions of the District Energy System (DES) throughout the Columbia University-Manhattanville Campus (CUMVC). Provides technical oversight to the safe, reliable, efficient and cost optimal operation, maintenance and repair of the District Energy System including: steam and chilled water production and distribution, co-generation gas turbine systems, auxiliary system equipment and systems, command and monitoring control systems for high tension network electrical distribution, emergency power support systems, elevator status monitoring system, and building automation systems. Evaluates system dynamics against load and available capacity and safely adjusts system controls to maximize reliability. Dispatches personnel to address points of alarm and reported deficiencies in order to provide for a safe environment.

Minimum Qualifications

  • HS diploma or GED required

    Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft Word,

    Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Outlook.

    Must demonstrate minimum professional proficiency in the English Language; as defined by the U.S. Department of State.

    NYC High Pressure Stationary Engineer's License in reference to Columbia University, District Energy System address.

    NYC Refrigeration Engineer's License in reference to Columbia University, District Energy System address.

    Two (2) years internal experience as a Plant Operations Engineer; or external equivalent six (6) years of experience in power plant maintenance, repair, and operation with required licenses and certifications.

    Five (5) years of experience operating a high pressure boiler under their own active NYC High Pressure Stationary Engineer's License.

    Five (5) years of experience operating a chiller under their own active NYC Refrigeration Engineer's License.

    Must be a quick learner and exhibit self-motivational skills.

    Adequate ability to discern colors for monitoring alarm conditions.

    Strong team mentality (ability to work with others).

    Well-refined interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate with all levels of staff, customers, clients, students, vendors, and management.

    How to read and interpret SDS information.

    Understanding of general vivarium, and laboratory rules and restrictions.

    How to identify a fire rated barrier and properly install fire-stopping materials.

    Must be able to work all shifts as assigned.

    Demonstrates an understanding of the fundamentals of electrical motors, controls, switches, fusing and wiring, circuit breaker coordination.

    How to properly utilize lock out-tag out procedures for all energy sources (electrical, thermal, hydraulic, hydronic).

    How to properly and safely operate all hand tools, power tools, equipment utilized by facilities maintenance and repair.

    Proficient knowledge of how to operate, navigate, manipulate, and interpret building management systems (BMS).

    Plant Optimization Course: Overall Plant Performance (online course), or equivalent - to be obtained during probationary period.

    Plant Optimization Course: Heating, Ventilation and Air- conditioning (online course) , or equivalent - to be obtained during probationary period.


  • Physical Requirements & Environmental Conditions

The physical and environmental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential responsibilities and functions of the job and are not meant to be all-inclusive.

Use strength to lift and transport items needed to perform the functions of the job, with the ability to lift 50 pounds independently and support team lift with reasonable accommodations.

Sit, stand, bend, kneel, crouch, and squat for prolonged periods of time and/or repeatedly over a required period of time.

Reach with and work with hands and arms overhead.

May work in an environment where a variety of pathogens, chemical substances, and gases are used for research.

Ability to work while wearing a full-face respirator.

Required to be Tuberculosis (TB) negative, submit to periodic TB testing, and a chest x-ray if a positive TB test is read.

Able to perform work in power plant and campus environments.

Employee will be required to practice the use of proper PPE when exposed to the conditions above including participating in pulmonary testing for the ability to wear respirators.
(Preferences)Hold and maintain an active Motor Vehicle Class D License.

Hold and maintain Certificate of Fitness for Fire Guard (F-60)

Hold and maintain Certificate of Fitness for Using Powder Activated Tools (E-21)

Hold and maintain Certificate of Fitness for Torch Operations (G-60)

Hold and maintain Certificate of Fitness To Operate and Maintain Air Compressors (A-35)

Hold and maintain Certificate of Fitness for City Wide Sprinkler Systems (S-12)

Hold and maintain Certificate of Fitness for City Wide Standpipe Systems (S-13)

Hold and maintain Certificate of Fitness for Standpipe for Multi-Zone Systems (S-14)

Hold and maintain Certificate of Fitness for Supervise Fuel-Oil Piping and Storage in Buildings (P-98)

Hold and maintain Certificate of Fitness for Handling, Use, and Storage of Flammable Compressed Gases (G-98)

Hold and maintain Certificate of Fitness for Storage, Handling and Use of Hazardous Materials (C-91)

Hold and maintain Certificate of Qualification for Refrigeration Operating Engineer (Q-01/Q-99/Z-51)

Responsible for obtaining and maintaining other applicable NYC Certificates of Fitness as required by the FDNY and/or other authorities having jurisdiction.

Hold and maintain PBS (Petroleum Bulk Storage) Class B Operator

Hold and maintain EPA 608 Universal Technician Certification

Must be capable of performing fire brigade duties as assigned.

Hold and maintain OSHA 10 Certification
Knowledge of and/or Training on the following:

General OSHA standards and requirements.
Use of portable fire extinguisher.
Hazardous waste awareness.
Asbestos hazards and safety.

Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (work order management system)

Confined space entry procedures.

Lock-out/Tag-out procedures.

Description and use of fire stopping materials.

Communication etiquette including phone, radio, and customer service.

Hot work permits.

Responsible for obtaining and maintaining other applicable Certifications as determined by management as the facility develops. This may include additional PBS Certifications, etc.

Must demonstrate knowledge of all CUMVC's safety policies and procedures.

Must demonstrate applicable institutional knowledge and practices of the facility and its operations.

Duties and requirements from Plant Operations Engineer position and prior still apply and must be maintained and current, as well as the knowledge applied to any future buildings coming on line.

Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.

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