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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.

Illustrative Tasks

  • Operates, maintains, and repairs steam and hot water boilers, water supply and return systems, electronic and pneumatic combustion and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) control systems, forced or induced draft fan systems, chiller-systems, and other refrigeration equipment.
  • Operates computers which control boiler operations, auxiliary equipment, and HVAC systems.
  • Conducts boiler, HVAC, and water systems testing, analyzes results, and adds chemicals to maintain proper system functions.
  • Balances air distribution systems, and maintains proper air temperature, humidity, freshness, and flow quality.
  • Cleans, inspects, and maintains boilers, by performing chemical cleaning of equipment, repairing brickwork, replacing tubes, and maintaining boiler combustion and emissions.
  • Performs 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.
  • Performs maintenance and repair on various water and sewage pumping, filtration, and treatment equipment.
  • Cleans, maintains, and repairs HVAC systems and equipment, calibrates controls, performs air testing and chemical treatment, and replaces air filters.
  • Responds to mechanical, electrical, or plumbing calls; troubleshoots and coordinate necessary repairs.
  • Maintains computerized energy management systems; troubleshoots problems; and identifies and replaces faulty equipment and devices.
  • Identifies, recommends, and develops energy conservation projects and initiatives.
  • May 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.
  • May maintain right-to-know libraries, respond to inquiries, assess problems, and provide advice regarding incidents.
  • May 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.
  • May supervise subordinate staff, including Plant Utilities Assistants, Facility Operations Assistants, contractors, and other trades staff.

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.

Preferred Qualifications:


Work Schedule:

Variable Days; Variable Hours (Full-Time)

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Salary Range:

As per civil service guidelines

  • $53,262 Base Salary plus $3,087 Location Pay

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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