Utility System Controls Engineer Specialist - Facilities & Services

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Urbana, IL, USA
Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2023

Utility System Controls Engineer Specialist - Facilities & Services

Job Summary

The Utility System Controls Engineer is responsible for providing engineering support for the operations of the utility production and distribution systems for the F&S - Utilities Division at Urbana-Champaign.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide controls and support for operation, programmatic maintenance, and planning of campus utility production plants and distribution systems. Will be required to perform field inspection and verification of systems in production plants and distribution systems climbing ladders and stairs in unconditioned and dusty environments. Will be required to become qualified to use personnel protective equipment (PPE) to enter and inspect confined spaces.
  • Provide management and oversight on utility system projects including: plant/system controls, utility metering, data reporting and collection systems, and design of complex utility systems.
  • Assist with the development of safe and efficient operating schemes for production and distribution systems including accurate system documentation and configuration control. This should include instruction, to operators and others, on safe and efficient operation of utility systems.
  • Provide troubleshooting support for existing component and system problems.
  • Assist with the development of computer modeling applications, economic and cost estimating analysis, analysis of engineering data, and consulting with personnel from many different University and campus units about utility issues.
  • Perform material condition inspection of controls and electrical systems to monitor system readiness to provide reliable utilities to the campus.
  • Provide critical review of utility aspects of new construction and major remodeling plans developed by architects and engineers for campus capital and facility renovation projects.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with University, campus, and departmental officials/staff to promote the success of established University and F&S objectives and goals.
  • Serve on University, campus, and departmental committees/teams as required. Provide training and development for others in the organization as required.
  • Promote safe operations and support departmental safety initiatives and programs. Monitor personnel to assure safety and security policies are being followed.
  • Able to accept occasional non-working hour call outs, for unscheduled utility outages or problems with production systems. Willingness to fill in for others in the organization when needed.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
    Support the Mission, Vision, Values and Guiding Principles of Facilities & Services. Promote safe operations and support departmental safety initiatives and programs.

Additional Physical Demands

The responsibilities of this position are directly connected to the operation of the plant and the administration and staff’s ability to perform their required responsibilities. The requirement to consistently prioritize tasks; effectively manage several immediate demands; remain flexible in adjusting to procedural and schedule changes; and manage physical demands such as excessive walking and climbing stairs are inherently a part of the position for successful work performance.

Performance of the position responsibilities requires continued daily interactions with all Utilities personnel, routine contact with F&S personnel, and occasional (weekly) contact with Utilities Administration. Establishing and maintaining positive and effective relationships with all levels of supervision, management, and faculty is essential.

A. Physical Requirements: Predominantly normal office work, walking and stair climbing. The position also requires walking through the Power Plant and Chiller plants, the use of appropriate PPE, and exposure to plant conditions.
B. Work Environment: Performance of required duties brings in contact with very hot and cold conditions, dust, and noise both inside and outside of the plant.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelors Degree in in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering or a related field. One year of work experience in a utility or industrial plant related field. Demonstrated experience directing, supervising, and /or overseeing engineering projects.

Preferred Qualifications

1. Professional Engineer license or progress towards obtaining a PE license.
2. Five-years experience working in a utility or industrial plant related field.
3. Experience working with industrial Digital Control Systems.

5.A high level of proficiency with Microsoft Office desktop products, project planning software, and utility system software such as Etap, KY Pipe, Heat Map, or similar products.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated managerial skills to direct, supervise, and oversee engineering projects both large and small. Familiarity with and ability to function in a unionized, Civil Service environment is preferred.
  • Excellent communication skills are required for maintaining good relations with all members of the campus community, under a wide variety of circumstances. Ability to communicate complex, technical information/data in a user-friendly format is essential
  • Ability to prioritize work with disciplined time management to thrive in a multi-tasking and dynamic environment, dealing with multiple utility systems including electric, steam, chilled water, water, waste water, and natural gas.

Appointment Information

This is a 100% full-time Civil Service 5002 - Program Coordinator position, appointed on a 12-month basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after 10/2/2023. Salary is commensurate with experience.

For more information on Civil Service classifications, please visit the SUCSS web site at https://www.sucss.illinois.gov/pages/classspec/default.aspx.

Application Procedures & Deadline Information

Applications must be received by 6:00 pm (CST) on 11/1/2023. Apply for this position using the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of this posting. In order to be considered as a transfer candidate, you must apply for this position. Applications not submitted through https://jobs.illinois.edu will not be considered. If required by the position, transcripts or other documentation of credentials are to be provided no later than the first day of employment. For further information about this specific position, please contact Bryan Fijalkovich at fijalkov@illinois.edu. For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing accessibility@illinois.edu.

Requisition ID: 1019888R
Job Category: Technical
Apply at: https://jobs.illinois.edu