Occ. Code 7520100
PLANT UTILITIES ENGINEER 1, GRADE 14
New York State Department of Civil Service
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF CLASS
A Plant Utilities Engineer 1, on an assigned shift in
a heating and/or air-conditioning plant, or in a single or multi-building
facility, operates, maintains, troubleshoots, repairs, tests,
and calibrates mechanical and electrical equipment providing heat,
hot water, ventilation, air-conditioning and electrical distribution
in the most efficient and safe manner possible. Incumbents also
make recommendations on major overhauls and replacement of equipment
and initiate activity relating to energy conservation projects.
Although positions in this class are utilized by many State
agencies, most are located in the Office of Mental Health, Office
of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, the State
University, the Office of General Services, and the Department
of Correctional Services.
Plant Utilities Engineer 1 is the journey level class in this
title series. Incumbents, on an assigned shift, are immediately
responsible for the operation, preventive maintenance and repair
of a full range, in size, type and pressure, of steam or hot
water boilers and auxiliary heating system equipment, and the
mechanical equipment outside of the power plant. This can include,
but is not limited to, steam lines, mechanical equipment
rooms, refrigeration, and air-conditioning equipment of various
types, chillers, pumps, air compressors, temperature and humidity
control systems, plumbing systems, pneumatic and electronic
computerized control systems, auxiliary and emergency generators,
portable emergency equipment, transformers, switch gear, electrical
distribution systems, sprinkler and fire safety systems, elevators
and HVAC fan systems, fired and unfired pressure vessels and
water treatment systems, such as water softeners, chlorination
systems, deionized water systems, and ph adjustment systems.
Incumbents may supervise subordinate staff in the operation
and maintenance of heating facilities and mechanical equipment.
On off hour shifts the Plant Utilities Engineer 1 assumes
responsibility for operations of the overall physical plant.
They may be required to supervise other trades employees or
private contractors on these off shifts. They may also supervise
contractors in an emergency or project situation.
Plant Utilities Engineers 1 are generally supervised by Plant
Utilities Engineers 2 who have full charge of operations in small
plants, or serve as an assistant to a higher ranking Plant Utilities
Engineer in a larger plant. In plants which generate both electrical
power and heating for a facility, and at some large facilities
Plant Utilities Engineers 2 may be shift supervisors over one
or more functions of plant operations.
Plant Utilities Assistants are semiskilled staff who assist
in the operation, maintenance, and repair of plant utilities equipment
and perform tasks similar to the Plant Utilities Engineer 1, under
direction and specific instruction.
ILLUSTRATIVE ACTIVITIES AND TASKS
Plant Utilities Engineers 1 operate, maintain and repair mechanical,
electrical, and auxiliary or emergency equipment in a heating
or air-conditioning plant or a single or multi-building facility
or facilities with multiple utility equipment installations.
Heat Generating Equipment
- Operate steam and hot water boilers including lighting off,
firing, cleaning and shutting down system.
- Operate multi-fuel systems which could include oil, gas,
diesel, refuse, and coal. Duties include lining up, warming
up, checking for leaks, checking temperature and pressure and
securing. Incumbent may also operate fuel oil heating and handling
- Operate central and auxiliary computers which monitor, test,
control and operate boilers, auxiliary equipment and HVAC systems.
- Operate boiler, feed water, condensate and hot water supply
and return systems. Duties include operation of boiler feed
water pumps, aerator, electric or steam driven feed water and
condensate pumps, atmospheric drain tanks, cascade feeders, nitrogen
and steam pressurization systems.
- Troubleshoot, repair and calibrate electronic and pneumatic
combustion and HVAC control systems.
- Conduct boiler, HVAC, and water systems testing, analyzing
results and adding chemicals to maintain proper residuals in
boiler and piping systems.
- Operate forced or induced draft fan systems by starting,
regulating and securing fan to maintain proper combustion process.
- Operate large central absorption, centrifugal, screw driven
and hermetic chiller systems and other refrigeration equipment.
Duties include starting, regulating and troubleshooting to maintain
- Operate related auxiliary air-conditioning equipment, such
as cooling towers, evaporative coolers, fan coils, vacuum pumps,
purge chillers, and water cooled condensers.
- Conduct chilled water and condenser water chemical analysis
to maintain proper residuals.
- Operate HVAC systems to maintain proper environmental conditions
including hydronic, steam, and air handling distribution systems.
- Calibrate controls, balance air distribution systems, and
maintain proper air temperature, humidity, fresh air and air
- Insure proper operation and air flow through various exhaust
systems, including laboratory fume hoods, medical facility exhausts
and general exhaust systems.
At some facilities incumbents may:
- Operate high and/or low voltage electrical distribution systems,
steam, diesel and gas turbine generators, transformers and switch
gears, load centers, motor control centers, panel boards, emergency
power and lighting distribution systems, motor generator sets
and uninterrupted power supply systems.
- Clean, inspect, maintain, and repair boilers including but
not limited to flushing, turbining and chemical cleaning of water
side and fire side of boiler equipment, repairing brickwork,
and replacing tubes.
- Maintain, repair or replace bearings, shafts, controller
valves, motors, piping, traps, conveyors and other rotating
- Maintain boiler combustion, emission and flame safety control
- Perform all chiller maintenance, such as cleaning and replacement
of condenser tubes, cleaning of evaporators, maintenance and
repair of steam turbines, pumps, air compressors, steam systems,
cooling towers, motors, motor starters, and variable frequency
- Operate and perform maintenance on HVAC systems, including
Direct Digital Controls adjustment, calibration, and modification.
In addition, maintain and repair pumps and piping, perform
installation of new and/or modification of existing equipment
on a project basis, lubricate fan motors, bearings and belts,
clean drip pans and drains, and replace filters.
- Maintain computerized energy management system, identify,
inspect and replace faulty equipment and devices and troubleshoot
problems, including resetting temperature, humidity, fan status,
damper controls, valve position, and alarm status.
- Respond to calls, usually on off shift hours, concerning
mechanical, electrical or plumbing breakdowns outside of the
power plant to troubleshoot the problem, make necessary repairs
if possible or contact supervisor to authorize calling in appropriate
trades specialist or contractor until situation is resolved.
- Clean, maintain and repair HVAC equipment, calibrate controls,
perform air testing, replace filters and test and chemically
treat HVAC systems.
- May install microprocessor based hardware and software and
perform system and operational programming and adjustments.
- May maintain and repair high and low voltage distribution
equipment including calibration of protective relays, maintenance
and inspection of network protection equipment, motor control
centers and emergency power distribution systems, and clean,
lubricate and test switch gear.
- May test, maintain and repair fire alarm, sprinkler, smoke
detection and public address systems.
- May perform maintenance and repair of various types of water
and/or sewage pumping or filtration treatment equipment.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
- May be required to perform minor asbestos removal projects
to facilitate repairs and/or supervise any asbestos removal project
being carried out by other employees or private contractors.
- Handle various types of hazardous materials, such as refrigerants,
freon, gas, fuel oil, solvents, antifreeze, biocides, nitrates,
amines, cyclohexylamine, marpholine, diethylamino ethanol, acids,
caustic soda, regulated waste and refuse.
- Respond to incidents having potential environmental impact
and/or safety concerns, such as chemical spills, oil spills and
blowouts and may be called upon to implement evacuation plans
in emergency situations. Maintain "right to know"
library, respond to inquiries, assess problems and provide advice
regarding right to know incidents.
- Work in confined space situations using personal protective
equipment and supervise others working in confined space using
personal protective equipment.
- Identify, recommend and develop energy conservation projects.
- Survey and monitor equipment and systems operation to determine
the most efficient mode of operation; read gauges and meters
and refer to technical instructions and/or operating manuals
to determine if equipment is operating according to specifications.
- Install new equipment and/or modify existing equipment to
operate at peak energy efficiency.
- As assigned the Plant Utilities Engineer 1 keeps written
records of maintenance performed, fuel consumption and meter
readings; prepares incident reports of unusual events, such as
equipment malfunctions; and orders parts necessary for on-going
preventive maintenance programs or to carry out equipment repair
- Incumbents may assist in the development of project proposals,
scheduling staff, preparation and review of time cards, and
preparation of performance evaluations and employee discipline.
INDEPENDENCE OF OPERATION
Plant Utilities Engineers 1 are usually supervised by Plant
Utilities Engineers 2 who make assignments and provide assistance
as required. Generally, work priorities are prescribed and technical
manuals and specifications covering the operation and maintenance
of mechanical and electrical equipment are provided. Incumbents
are typically responsible for a shift, and as such, are expected
to work with considerable independence. A Plant Utilities Engineer
1 may be the highest level position in a small plant, and as
such, is supervised by a facility administrator.
Plant Utilities Engineer 1 is the journey level of the title
series with responsibility for the operation, maintenance, and
repair of highly complex equipment which must be operated in strict
accordance with technical and safety policy and procedures.
Failure to exercise good judgment or follow appropriate procedures
could result in personal injury or death, in damage to equipment
or facilities, or in an incident having potential environmental
impact or safety concerns.
The nature of Plant Utilities Engineers 1 activities requires
interaction with employees working within the same unit, with
other maintenance personnel within the facility working on the
same shift, and on occasion with other employees or clients of
the facility. Incumbents supervise Plant Utilities Assistants,
Power Plant Helpers and occasionally other maintenance positions,
contractors, and clients/inmates assigned to the shift requiring
oral communications in assigning work and providing instructions.
A written log is kept of all activities occurring during the
shift for review and evaluation by the supervisor.
Plant Utilities Engineers 1 may supervise a subordinate crew
of Plant Utilities Assistants, Power Plant Helpers, and other
trades and Labor Class positions on a shift by making work assignments,
giving instructions, assisting in performing the work, and assuring
work is done in the appropriate manner. Incumbents may also be
assigned to work independently in charge of outlying buildings,
work stations or functions. In addition the Plant
Utilities Engineers 1 may be required to supervise private contractors
performing plant operations related projects, maintenance, and/or
repair work for the State.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
- Working knowledge of the construction and the safe and efficient
operation of boilers, chillers, auxiliary heating, ventilating
and air-conditioning equipment, and high and low voltage electrical
and generating equipment.
- Working knowledge of the methods, materials and tools used
in the maintenance and repair of boiler, chiller, auxiliary heating,
ventilating and air-conditioning equipment, and high and low
voltage electrical and generating equipment.
- Working knowledge of the methods, materials and tools used
in making mechanical and routine electrical repairs to heating,
ventilating, air-conditioning, refrigeration, plumbing, pneumatic
control systems and direct digital and other microprocessor controlled
- Working knowledge of OSHA, PESH, EPA, DEC, Health, NYS Uniform
Fire Prevention and Building Codes and Labor rules and regulations
as they relate to the requirements of the occupation, including
oil spills, chemical spills, air quality, stack emissions and
- Working knowledge of the operation of computer driven control
and energy management systems.
- Working knowledge of the methods, material and tools used
to troubleshoot, maintain and repair sprinkler and fire alarm
systems, elevators and switch gear and electrical distribution
- Working knowledge of the methods, materials and tools used
in the maintenance, repair and balancing of building ventilation
systems, air handlers, fans and hydronic systems.
- Working knowledge of energy conservation concepts.
- Working knowledge of the principal and practices of supervision.
- Ability to read and interpret technical manuals, specifications,
design drawings and wiring diagrams.
- Ability to diagnose mechanical and electrical problems.
- Ability to handle and use hazardous chemicals.
- Ability to work in confined spaces and use appropriate breathing
- Ability to climb, stoop and do moderately heavy lifting.
- Ability to train and supervise others.
- May be required to obtain asbestos handler and/or supervisor
- May be required to obtain waste water treatment or filtration
certification and/or pesticide applicators certification.
MACHINES, TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Plant Utilities Engineers 1 use a variety of hand and power
tools, including the tools of the mechanical, electrical, and
plumbing trades, water test equipment, electric-test equipment
and meters, refrigeration test equipment, air adjustment test
equipment, soot blowers and turbine cleaners, computer terminals
and microprocessors, sonic light and vibration meters, combustion
analyzers, personal protective equipment, confined space equipment
and portable emergency equipment.
A. An Associate Degree in Plant Utilities Technology or the
equivalent. In order to determine whether a specific degree is
equivalent to the Plant Utilities Technology program, the major
course of study must include a minimum of 30 college semester
credit hours in any combination of the following course areas:
Heating, Ventilation Boiler and Steam Systems
and Air-Conditioning Industrial Electricity
Electrical Circuits Electric Utility Systems
Fluid Mechanics Plant Operation and
Technical Communications Maintenance
Thermal Dynamics Industrial Instrumentation
Physics and Control
Utility Refrigeration Industrial Safety
Mechanics Environmental Air Quality
Blueprint Reading and
One year of satisfactory hands on experience in the operation
and maintenance of boilers and/or auxiliary equipment or HVAC
equipment in commercial, industrial or institutional facilities.
(Experience limited to residential applications is not considered
B. Four years of such experience and 30 college semester credit
hours in any combination of the courses listed in A. above.
NOTE: For current information on minimum qualifications, contact
the Division of Staffing Services.