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FLSA Designation
Date Issued: 2011-07-01
Physical Plant
Title: Engineer and Manager of Trades & CHP
Function and Responsibility
As a staff member of University management and under the administrative supervision of the Vice President for Finance, the Engineer and Manager of Trades & CHP is responsible for the efficient and effective operation of the skilled trades group, including the direct supervision of the Trades Supervisor, and for the effective operation of the Central Heating Plant. The Engineer and Manager of Trades & CHP develops and maintains systems and programs for energy management, campus safety & health, TMA, CAD and maintains the Physical Plant website.
Duties and Responsibilities
Supervise and coordinate the facilities utility systems preventive maintenance, maintenance and repairs to include water and fire main systems, sanitary sewer systems, storm sewer systems and power distributions systems.

Supervise the operation, upgrades and repairs to the energy management system and provide logs, records and data to make recommendations for upgrades and energy saving projects.

Supervise, coordinate, plan, schedule, organize, direct work and train Central Heating Plant Operators in operations, preventive maintenance, maintenance and repair of boilers, pumps, chemical treatment, water treatment, deaerator, steam distribution systems, steam traps, PRV's and related Central Heating Plant equipment and operations.

Maintains a safe operating CHP and distribution system by maintaining boiler logs, repair logs, chemical treatment logs, water quality logs, blow-down logs, and insuring all codes and regulations are followed and inspections and repairs are made by licensed and qualified contractors.

Supervise and coordinate service contracts, repair contracts and assigned renovation contracts for the utility system, EMS system, trades operations, CHP and steam distribution systems.

Establish and manage all service contracts, parts purchase orders, repair and construction contracts related to the Central Heating Plant, EMS system, trades and utility systems.

Develop and manage a safety and health program that ensures the safety of all students and employees of the university. This includes meeting all minimal requirements of OSHA, TVA, NFPA and other regulatory authorities while staying within budgetary guidelines.

Minimizing energy consumption and related costs will be an important responsibility. Identify and implement cost reduction and green initiative projects that will help reduce our energy consumption and enhance our environment.

Develop, supervise and maintain the Trades, Central Heating Plant, Minor Construction and Utility budgets and recommend budget requests such as capital improvement, minor construction, equipment and machinery replacement and employee staffing.

Manage and maintain all physical plant software such as TMA work order system, Auto-CAD and Physical Plant website.

Act as the University Project Manager on construction projects; write specifications, inspect all contractor’s work before approving payment; work in cooperation with architects, engineers, and general managers, as applicable, during design and construction of all projects, both State and "in house".

As a member of the Physical Plant management team, meet with other team members on a regular basis to assist in decision making with respect to a variety of Physical Plant issues.

Other special projects will be assigned as needed.
Bachelor’s degree in an engineering curriculum such as Civil, Electrical, Mechanical or similar technical degree is required. Proven experience of at least 5 years in safety and health, energy management and project leadership is desired. Candidate must be experienced in a variety of software applications such as Microsoft Project, CAD, EXCEL, etc. Must also be very organized, self motivated, a strong leader and be able to work in a team environment. Strong interpersonal relationship skills are also a must.
Physical and Mental Demands
Adequate physical fitness to be able to sit and concentrate for long periods of time; use of fine motor skills to operate computer; problem solving ability; ability to understand and work with numbers; ability to see, hear, and speak with or without the use of aids to perform normal office tasks.
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