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Plant Utilities Engineer 1

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Department: FM&D
Local Title: Plant Utilities Engineer 1
Budget Title: Plant Utilities Engineer 1
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Categories: Maintenance & Skilled Trades


Are you looking to take your career to new heights with a leader in healthcare? SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is one of the nation's leading metropolitan medical centers. As the only academic medical center in Brooklyn, we serve a large population that is among the most diverse in the world. We are also highly-ranked by Castle Connolly Medical, a healthcare rating company for consumers, among the top 5 leading U.S. medical schools for training doctors.

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Job Summary:

The Department of Facilities Management and Development at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is seeking a full-time Plant Utilities Engineer 1. The successful candidate will:

  • Operate computers which control boiler operations, auxiliary equipment, and HVAC systems.
  • Conduct boiler, HVAC, and water systems testing, analyzes results, and adds chemicals to maintain proper system functions.
  • Balance air distribution systems, and maintains proper air temperature, humidity, freshness, and flow quality.
  • Clean, inspect, and maintain boilers, by performing chemical cleaning of equipment, repairing brickwork, replacing tubes, and maintaining boiler combustion and emissions.
  • Perform chiller maintenance such as the cleaning of condenser tubes and evaporators, and the maintenance and repair of pumps, air compressors, steam systems, cooling towers, motors, and variable frequency drives.
  • Perform maintenance and repair on various water and sewage pumping, filtration, and treatment equipment.
  • Clean, maintain, and repair HVAC systems and equipment, calibrates controls, performs air testing and chemical treatment, and replaces air filters.
  • Respond to mechanical, electrical, or plumbing calls; troubleshoot and coordinate necessary repairs.
  • Maintain computerized energy management systems; troubleshoot problems; and identifies and replaces faulty equipment and devices.
  • Identify, recommend, and develop energy conservation projects and initiatives.
  • Potentially handle various types of hazardous materials; and respond to incidents having potential environmental impact and/or safety concerns, such as chemical spills, oil spills and blowouts; implements evacuation plans in emergency situations.
  • Potentially maintain right-to-know libraries, respond to inquiries, assess problems, and provide advice regarding incidents.
  • Potentially operate high 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.
  • Potentially supervise subordinate staff, including Plant Utilities Assistants, Facility Operations Assistants, contractors, and other trades staff. 

Required Qualifications:

  • Open Competitive: 4 or more years of experience in the operation, maintenance, and repair of boilers, HVAC, or auxiliary plant utilities equipment in commercial, industrial, or institutional facilities.

* (Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe. Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class. The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.)

Preferred Qualifications:


Work Schedule:

Variable Days; Variable Hours

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Salary Range:

As per civil service guidelines


COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:


  An approved COVID-19 vaccination.

Executive Order:

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation.  If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction, and all other protected classes under federal or state laws.

Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please contact Human Resources at 718-270-3025.


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