Co-Generation Engineer

University of Oregon
Campus Planning and Facilities Management

Job no: 528791
Work type: Classified Staff
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Facilities/Grounds/Skilled Trades, Operations/Infrastructure, Engineering/Biomedical Engineering

Department: Campus Planning & Facilities Management
Classification: Co-Generation Engineer
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $23.12 - $35.38 per hour
FTE: 1.0

Review of Applications Begins: Position closes January 26, 2022

Special Instructions to Applicants

To be considered for this position, applicants must submit a complete application including an online application, a cover letter, resume and answers to the following supplemental questions:

The Co-Generation Engineer position will be required to perform some preventive maintenance on plant equipment. In detail, please describe your experience preforming preventive or corrective maintenance on plant equipment or industrial machinery such as: Boilers, Chillers, Pumps, Compressors, Stream Traps and Valves.


Department Summary

Campus Planning and Facilities Management (CPFM) is a vibrant department, which comprises five units, and approximately 270 employees: Facilities Services, Utilities & Energy, Campus Planning, Office of Sustainability, and Design & Construction. We plan, build, maintain, and operate the infrastructure that supports the University of Oregon's mission of exceptional teaching, discovery, and public service. As stewards of a physical legacy, we enable the university community to achieve its potential by providing a campus that is safe, clean, beautiful, inspiring, and environmentally responsible.

Utilities and Energy (U&E) provides Steam, Chilled Water, Electricity, and other district energy services for the University of Oregon. The Utilities and Energy Department is comprised of specialized and diverse staff including Electrical technicians, Co-Generation Engineers, Maintenance technicians, and administrative staff. The Utilities and Energy staff work 24 hours a day to ensure safe, reliable, and energy efficient utilities are delivered to the University of Oregon. The department is responsible for all aspects of operations, maintenance, and repairs of the campus utility systems including a 10MW Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant, 6.5MW emergency power generation, production and distribution of campus heating steam using two industrial natural gas fired boilers, production and distribution of electrical power, 7,500 ton chilled water plant and distribution system, compressed air, and other services to more than 80 buildings and over 4 miles of distribution tunnels. The department works closely with other campus departments from across different business units to ensure effective operations, avoid unsafe conditions, and mitigate service interruptions in all utility functions.

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Position Summary

The primary responsibility for a Co-Generation Engineer will be to operate the Steam and Chiller Plant operations during Co-generation mode independently while the plant is generating power. The main areas of responsibility include operations, maintenance, administration and coordination. They will operate all equipment associated with the Utilities and Energy Chiller Plant. Chiller Plant includes; five 1500 ton centrifugal chillers, 12 cooling towers, 7 campus distribution pumps and all support equipment. They will assist in the repair, planning, and troubleshooting of maintenance of all plant equipment and machinery. Additionally, they will perform inspections and respond to emergency calls. The position will also coordinate startups, shut downs and the operations of plant equipment.

Interactions/contacts occur daily with the campus community in the course of performing work and responding to emergencies. This position will also interact with electrical and maintenance staff with in the Utilities and Energy Department on a daily bases. Position will also be in contact with outside contractors, vendors and federal agencies (LRAPA and DEQ).

Position works as a member of a team while frequently performing tasks independently. Decision made by this position effects the entire University. The incumbent is responsible for maintaining a continuous flow of electricity, steam, chilled water and other utilities to the University in normal and emergency situations. Additional job-related decisions making includes: when to start or stop equipment, interpret equipment data and apply corrective actions.

Work is reviewed regularly by the supervisor to ensure it is performed efficiently, safely, and meets both expectations and applicable requirements. A performance appraisal is conducted annually.

Must work with in the Federal, State, local and the University of Oregon rules and regulations. Must maintain compliance with permits, regulations and perform duties in a safe manner. Must have valid Oregon driver’s license or the ability to obtain one within two months.

Must be able to work nonstandard shifts and overtime. This position is classified as essential personnel.

Essential Personnel:
This unit may provide essential services during times of emergencies and inclement weather. This position may be required to fulfill essential services and functions during these times.

Minimum Requirements

• Completed Boiler and Turbine Operator apprenticeship or equivalent combination of education and experience to include knowledge of turbine generators, centrifugal absorption chillers, high pressure boilers and related technical systems involving electrical, steam, and refrigeration.
• Position requires valid Oregon driver's license and acceptable driving record.

Professional Competencies

• Perform duties in a way that advances and supports the mission of the department and university.
• Work effectively in a diverse team environment and create effective relationships for problem solving and positive interactions.
• Take initiative, looking for what needs to be done and doing it.
• Pay close attention to detail.
• Maintain a safe and safety-conscious workplace.
• Maintain a respectful workplace and model a positive and proactive attitude.
• Model the highest ethical standards.
• Provide superior customer service.

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience working in a large utility distribution system.
• Experience with the operation and maintenance of power generation equipment IE: Steam Turbines, Gas Turbines and Diesel Generators.
• Experience with the operation and maintenance of boilers.
• Experience with the operation and maintenance of large industrial Chillers.
• Familiar with using Wonder ware, Carrier IVU, Siemens and PME software.
• Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.

FLSA Exempt: No

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

This is a classified position represented by the SEIU Local 503, Oregon Public Employees Union.

University of Oregon students and employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For additional information see:

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans, and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit