University of Washington   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Manufacturing / Production / Operations
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Posted on July 19, 2020
Req #: 177240
Appointing Department Web Address: https://facilities.uw.edu/
Job Location: Seattle Campus
Posting Date: 07/17/2020 
Closing Info: Closes On   08/02/2020
Salary: $5,845 to $7,788 /month, effective 7.1.2020 
Union Position: Yes
Shift: First Shift 
Notes: Please note that this position has been re-posted.  If you have already submitted your application, you need not submit it again, as it has already been received.  

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for six consecutive years. 

UW Facilities manages the University’s buildings, infrastructure and land, with more than 1,100 employees in a variety of fields. The Asset Management group includes Capital & Space Management, Real Estate, Sustainability and other teams responsible for planning and workload management. The Operations group includes Project Delivery, Maintenance & Construction, Campus Utilities & Operations, Building Services, Transportation Services and Safety. Supporting these groups, as well as the separate Emergency Management team, are the Business Intelligence & Information Technology group and the Finance & Administration group.

Campus Utilities & Operations has an outstanding opportunity for a Power Plant Control Technician Lead to lead and work with power plant control technicians and other journey workers with related skills to perform journey-level work in support of the operation, maintenance, repair, and alteration, of the industrial, pneumatic, electronic, and electrical controls of the University of Washington Power Plant.  This work requires special skills in instrument and control equipment maintenance and a working knowledge of power plant operations and electrical distribution systems.  May respond to emergency calls.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

• Lead and assign work to journey-level power plant control technicians and power plant electricians, for work related to the operation, maintenance, repair and alteration of systems within the power plant
• Schedule maintenance and repair work in a continuously operating power plant with a full understanding of the impact of the work on the operations of the plant
• Coordinate with contractors working in the power plant facility
• Troubleshoot and develop solutions to repair and maintenance problems on complex power plant systems such as the 5000 kW steam turbine generator, 425 psi 650 degree superheated steam distribution system, 550 psi high pressure feed water system, and multiple 2000 Ton capacity centrifugal chillers relative to the supporting instrumentation and controls
• Identify and enforce safe work practices within the shop, review jobs as necessary to identify potential work hazards and requirements for proper personal protective equipment
• Develop methods and procedures to be followed by assigned personnel
• Read, review and comment on plans, blueprints and sketches for plant upgrades and renovations
• Order shop and project parts and supplies as required
• Assist manager/supervisor with identifying and resolving performance issues and evaluating worker performance
• May assist with employment interviews and make hiring recommendations
• Attend meetings and training sessions as required
• Perform journey duties of the trade, may perform work in other trade skills, perform related duties as required
• Perform other duties as assigned

Core Competencies

• Demonstrate personal integrity and trustworthiness.
• Manage stressful situations and changing priorities effectively.
• Anticipate, recognize and resolve problems.
• Be responsible and accountable.
• Use organizational skills and provide attention to details.
• Maintain a positive, optimistic, and success-oriented attitude.
• Exercise professionalism, which includes being tactful and courteous.
• Exhibit a professional work ethic.
• Continuously promote a safe work environment

Click here to tour the "beating heart" of UW's facilities: UW Power Plant.

Requirements include:

• One year of full-time experience as a journey control technician, or equivalent trade skill.

• Possession of a valid motor vehicle operator's license is required.

Additional requirements include:

Must be conversant with ABB Infi-Net 90 and Allen-Bradley PLC5 systems
• Have knowledge of and understand safe work practices and policies
• Must be able to wear all proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required
• Must be able to follow written and/or verbal instructions and communicate in English regarding the use of chemicals, supplies, and equipment; comply with safety policies and procedures

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


• Five or more years as an instrument/control technician in a power generation or industrial facility
• Conversant with Microsoft operating systems, MS Server programs and MS Office.

Conditions of Employment:

• Regular and predictable attendance is required

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.

Application Process:

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment, you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or dso@uw.edu.