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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.

Plant Utilities Engineers are responsible for the safe and efficient operation of physical plants in State facilities at various State agencies. Positions operate, maintain, troubleshoot, repair, test, and calibrate mechanical and electrical equipment providing heat, hot water, ventilation, air-conditioning and electrical distribution; advise on renovations and replacement of equipment; and initiate energy conservation activities.

The successful candidate will:

  • Operate steam and hot water boilers including lighting off, firing, cleaning, and shutting down systems.
  • Operate central and auxiliary computers which monitor, test, control, and operate boilers, auxiliary equipment, and HVAC systems.
  • Service and maintain residential heating and air conditioning equipment.
  • Conducts boiler, HVAC, and water systems testing, analyzes results, and adds chemicals to maintain proper boiler and piping systems.
  • Operate large central absorption, centrifugal, screw driven, and hermetic chiller systems and other refrigeration equipment.
  • Starting, regulating, and troubleshooting to maintain proper temperature.
  • Perform operations and maintenance within an asbestos environment 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, ethanol, acids, caustic soda, regulated waste and refuse. 
  • Respond to incidents having potential environment impact and/or safety concerns, such as chemical spills, oil spills, and blowouts.
  • May be called upon to implement evacuation plans in emergency situations.
  • Work in confined space situations using personal protective equipment.
  • Supervise others working in confined space using personal personal protective equipment.
  • May require daily travel within the district, as well as some travel within NY State to assist other districts with special projects.
  • Be trained in the operation and maintenance procedures as related to Asbestos Containing Materials.

Required Qualifications:

  • Open competitive: 4+ years of experience in the operation, maintenance, and repair of boilers, HVAC, or auxiliary plant utilities equipment in commercial, industrial, or institutional facilities.
    • Graduate of heating, HVAC, ventilation, and air conditioning.
    • Refrigeration apprenticeship program from the U.S Airforce. 
    • Enlisted machinery technician (MK) with the U.S Coast Guard.

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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


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