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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: Q0013 / Utility Plant Tech (Pre-Cert)
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 08

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The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under direct supervision and guidance from certified technicians, operates and performs preventive maintenance on high pressure boilers, refrigeration units, gas turbines, and electrical production systems. Assists with standard water analysis and chemical treatment of operating systems under the guidance of a qualified/licensed operator. Works occasional 16-hour shifts, as scheduled, or as otherwise required.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Assists higher level technicians in the operation, cleaning, and preventive maintenance of rotating and stationary equipment, to include high pressure boilers, gas turmbines, indutrial chillers, and auxiliary equipment.
  2. Operates boilers and auxiliary equipment, and controls the generation of steam, chilled water, electricity, and compressed air through the use of programmable logic controllers or desktop computer based controls.
  3. Operates, controls, and adjusts machinery to generate electric power, using control boards or semiautomatic equipment; monitors control and switchboard gauges to determine if electrical power distribution meets specifications.
  4. Operates, cleans, and performs preventative maintenance on various kinds of refrigeration units, to include absorption, centrifugal, and heat exchangers.
  5. Starts, stops, and reconfigures chilled water production to maintain the most efficient operating parameters necessary to meet the changing needs of the University.
  6. Assists as instructed in the testing and chemistry control of boiler water, condensate, and cooling tower water.
  7. Continuously monitors various gauges and automatic recording devices at specified times to assess operating conditions; records operational data, to include equipment temperatures, pressures, hours of operation, fuel consumption, water levels, water consumption, and electrical production and usage.
  8. Tests, operates, and performs preventative maintenance on emergency generators; logs results and other applicable information.
  9. Examines machinery or mechanical equipment and identifies reason for malfunction; performs minor maintenance repairs to bring unit back on line.
  10. Ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies; promotes continuous improvement of workplace safety and environmental practices.
  11. Assists as instructed in the data entry of technical information into personal computer for the purpose of record keeping and preventive maintenance.
  12. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED; at least 6 months of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to follow routine verbal and written instructions.
  • Ability to work safely in close proximity to high voltage and chemicals.
  • Ability to use hand and power tools applicable to trade.
  • Ability to operate and maintain utility plant equipment.
  • Ability to work in elevated locations up to 75 feet.
  • Ability to test systems and/or operations in compliance with published standards.
  • Ability to monitor operating conditions by reading meters, gauges, and automatic recording devices.
  • Ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures.
  • Knowledge of high pressure boilers, chilled water production units, compressors, turbines, generating units, and potable water systems.
  • Ability to test boiler and cooling waters to ensure compliance with set standards.
  • Computer data entry skills.
  • Knowledge of pressure testing on piping and pressure vessels.
  • Ability to enter boiler steam drums, water drums, fireboxes and dearating feed tanks.
  • Ability to discern colors for colorimetric testing of water samples and/or reading of color-coded plan instrumentation.
  • Ability to test systems and log results.
  • Knowledge of mechanical equipment, plumbing, utilities, distribution systems, controls and/or HVAC systems, including maintenance and troubleshooting.
  • Ability to perform inspections and make necessary adjustments to conform to job specifications.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: a) Operating and performing preventive maintenance on high pressure boilers, refrigeration units, turbines and electrical production systems; b) testing water and adding chemical treatment to maintain correct levels; c) identifying machinery malfuctions and performing minor maintenance repairs; d) monitoring and recording operational and technical information; e) active progression towards NMIED Level 1 licensure as Water Systems Operator.

Conditions of Employment

  • Possession of a valid New Mexico driver's license is a requirement for this job.
  • CPR and Basic First Aid Certificate
  • Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
  • Must obtain NM CID High Pressure Boiler License and NM CID Low Pressure Boiler License within 12 months of date of hire.
  • Must obtain NMIED Water Systems Operator Level I Certificate within 18 months of date of hire.
  • This position is represented by a labor union and is subject to the terms and conditions of the CWA Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Work involves almost constant exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, toxic chemicals, biohazardous materials, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, and/or loud noises.
  • Considerable physical activity. Requires heavy physical work; heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects up to 50 pounds. Physical work is a primary part (more than 70%) of job.
  • Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017