State University of New York at Oswego Plant Utilities Assistant, SG-09 in Oswego, New York

Plant Utilities Assistant, SG-09




Central Heating Plant


Oswego, NY


May 17, '18




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Job Description:

The Facilities Services Department at the State University of New York at Oswego invites applications to fill a Plant Utilities Assistant position, Grade 09 vacancy. This is a permanent, full-time position assigned to the Central Heating Plant.

Shift: Friday - Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Posting Date: May 17, 2018

Review Date: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Salary: $36,051/year. In accordance with the CSEA Administrative Services Unit Agreement. In addition, the State University of New York provides an excellent benefit package. For more information on benefits for full-time CSEA employees, visit:

Date of Appointment: As soon as possible.

Description of Responsibilities:

  • Monitors equipment consoles.

  • Reads, analyzes and follows up on all console readings, charts, and trouble calls.

  • Adjusts equipment controls to correct malfunction when indicated by observation or in response to a signal.

  • Reads and records gas, steam, and water meter readings.

  • Fills out incident and Quality Assurance Reports.

  • Advises supervisor when repairs are required.

  • Receives and distributes fuel supplies required for all program locations.

  • Performs preventive maintenance on heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems.

  • As instructed, and under the guidance and supervision of qualified personnel, uses specific chemicals to treat water used in heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems.

  • Cleans strainers and condenser coils.

  • Maintains steam traps.

  • Changes filters.

  • Determines if refrigeration system is low on refrigerant; if so, identifies type and amount of refrigerant needed, and prepares system for charge.

  • Regenerates water softeners.

  • Installs, removes, washes and stores window air conditioners.

  • Performs minor repairs such as replacing worn gaskets, changing belts and tightening joints, and assisting the Plant Utilities Engineers 1 in the maintenance and overhaul of boilers and in the repair of stationary equipment.

  • Performs supervised plumbing, electrical and refrigeration work.

  • Determines if water regulator valves need rebuilding or repair.

  • Threads, solders or glues and installs pipe, using proper types of pipe and fittings.

  • Re-packs pumps and valves.

  • Assists in the repair, maintenance and operation of alarm and signal systems.

  • Assists in the operation of energy management systems related to the control of clocks, lighting, filtering systems, HVAC and boiler energy management systems, etc.

  • Cleans mechanical rooms.

  • As assigned, during night shifts, weekends or on holidays, Plant Utilities Assistants respond to calls concerning mechanical, electrical or plumbing breakdowns outside of the plant, troubleshoot the problem, and if possible make necessary repairs, or advise the appropriate authority regarding the problem.

  • Provides instructions to Plant Utilities Helpers and Maintenance Helpers on routine jobs and equipment inspections.


Minimum Qualifications:

Open Competitive:

One year of satisfactory hands-on experience in the operation and maintenance of boilers and/or auxiliary equipment or heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning equipment in commercial, industrial or institutional facilities.

  • Or: A High School Diploma or GED and successful completion of four trades courses in any combination of the following trades may be substituted for the one year of satisfactory hands-on experience. Each trades course must include a minimum of 30 to 45 classroom/lab hours in order to be considered qualifying: Electrical, Plumbing, Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning Equipment, Refrigeration, Boiler Operation and Maintenance

  • Or: Successful completion of 12 college semester credit hours in any combination of the following course areas may be substituted for the one year of satisfactory hands-on experience: Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning, Blueprint Reading & Sketching, Electrical Circuits, Boiler & Steam Systems, Fluid Mechanics, Industrial Electricity, Technical Communications, Electric Utility Systems, Thermal Dynamics, Plant Operation & Maintenance, Industrial Instrumentation & Control Environmental Air Quality, Physics, Industrial Safety, Utility Refrigeration Mechanics


Nine months of permanent competitive, non-competitive or labor service AND one year of satisfactory hands-on experience in the operation and maintenance of boilers and/or auxiliary equipment or heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning equipment in commercial, industrial or institutional facilities

  • Or: Same substitutions as defined in 1 and 2 above.

Temporary Appointment, Pending Canvass:

  • A temporary appointment, pending canvass may be made pending Civil Service's approval. Candidate will need to participate in the next Plant Utilities Assistant, NYS Civil Service Exam when it is offered.

Permanent Appointment:

  • Reachable score on the Plant Utilities Assistant list (Exams Given by Civil Service); or

  • Permanent appointment with 1 year of service as a Plant Utilities Assistant, or as a title eligible for transfer to the Plant Utilities Assistant title; or

  • Be a former state employee eligible for reinstatement to the title of Plant Utilities Assistant.

Additional Information:

For additional details, reference the New York State Department of Civil Service, Job Title Code # 7520010, Plant Utilities Assistant, Grade 09.

If you have any questions about the position, please call or e-mail:

Human Resources


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