University of California - San Diego #88487 Central Utility Plant Operator in San Diego, California

#88487 Central Utility Plant Operator

Filing Deadline: Fri 6/23/2017

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This is a UC San Diego Internal Recruitment open to UCSD and UCSD Health System Staff Only

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 06/21/2017 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor. Eligible Disability Counseling and Consulting services (DCC) or Special Selection clients should contact their Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for assistance.


The CUP Operator is primarily responsible for the operation, maintenance and repair of high-pressure boilers and chillers for the heating and cooling of a major Health Sciences facility. CUP Operators are also responsible for the operation, service, and repair of power plants involving, high voltage electrical distribution systems, Diesel Generator, Fuel Storage tanks, Automatic Transfer Switches, emission control equipment, Centrifugal chillers, electric chillers, and thermal energy storage systems. Monitors various energy management systems for the facility. Other duties include analyzing chilled water, boilers, closed-loops, condenser water, reverse osmosis water, and deionized water.

The CUP Operator is distinguished from the Systems Operator in that the CUP Operator typically works with stationary and centralized equipment that support the entire Hospital operation. Under supervision, this position monitors, operates, and maintains combined heat and power plant, chilled water/high temperature hot water systems, and connected co-generation equipment controls. Operate, service, and repair stationary power plant equipment including gas turbines, high voltage electrical distribution systems, natural gas compressors, emission control equipment, steam driven chillers, electric chillers, and thermal energy storage systems. Support plant operations that ensure continuous plant performance safely and efficiently. Monitor and respond to changes in operating conditions to maintain continuous plant performance. Perform plant operations, perform work duties and routines, perform minor planned and corrective maintenance, and respond to emergencies as needed. Perform physical watch stander rounds of the Central Utility & Co-generation Plants per prescribed frequencies and in accordance with established round protocols and recording direction. Record and report any abnormal conditions to the Lead Central Plant Operator. Assist Lead Central Plant Operator in troubleshooting any plant issues.

This is a watch standing position, which will require maintenance duties. Adhere to policies, procedures, and practices on safety and plant operation instructions. Medical Center Central Utility Plant Operators (MCCUPO) are responsible for handling incoming calls from customers, and dispatching the building operators to access the customer's call request. Reviewing and distributing a variety of Facilities Engineering requests. Using their knowledge of the trades or services to dispatch and monitor work orders. Receive trouble calls and call in necessary personnel during power outages and emergencies. During the emergency situation, the MCCUPO is responsible to make sure all escalation communication has been sent out to Leads, Supervisor, and Managers/Directors.


  • Must have valid California Driver’s License and be able to drive Medical Center vehicles.

  • Journeyman level Plant Operator, with proven experience in support of plant operations.

  • Ability to provide customer support and information, as needed, to keep customers satisfied.

  • Ability to effectively communicate orally, both in person and by telephone.

  • Ability to effectively deal with the public.

  • Ability to represent the FE department and Medical Center in a friendly, courteous, and professional manner.

  • Demonstrated ability to monitor, operate, and maintain combined heat and power plant, chilled water/high temperature hot water systems, and connected co-generation equipment controls.


  • Environmental Protection Agency Certification (EPA) with commitment to get certified w/in 6 months of hire.

  • Healthcare environment experience.

  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Refrigerant Certification.

  • Familiar with UCSD policies, procedures, and practices on safety and plant operation instructions.


  • Must be able to work various hours and locations based on business needs.

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UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, and several outpatient clinics. UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest is a designated Level I Trauma Center and has the only Burn Center in the county. U.S. News and World Report’s annual "America’s Best Hospitals" report has repeatedly ranked UC San Diego Health as the #1 health system in San Diego. We invite you to join our dynamic team!

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Thornton Facilities Engineering

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Per Union Contract


La Jolla Medical Center

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K6 Contract

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Work Schedule:

Variable, 8 hrs/day, Variable