This position inspects, repairs, calibrates, and performs preventative maintenance of plant control systems and associated modules, input/output devices, peripheral equipment, and instrumentation to ensure correct and reliable operation of control systems in the central utility plants on both Evanston and Chicago campuses.
Typical systems include high pressure steam boilers; combustion control and burner management systems; stack flue gas monitoring systems; steam turbine governors and controls; industrial chillers; data acquisition and historian systems; steam, water, power metering.
Maintains proper operation of the Central Utility Plant, which include: Safety, uninterrupted service, efficiency, order, cleanliness and keeping idle equipment in readiness.
Maintain neat and accurate operating and maintenance log entries, instrument calibration records, and Plant efficiency records.
Perform preventive maintenance routine on a scheduled basis in accordance with written procedures and master work plan.
Study reference materials including manuals, process control diagrams, blueprints, schematics. Consult with Vendor and manufacturer representatives to research maintenance problems, product updates, device interoperability, etc.
Troubleshoot and repair pneumatic and electronic control systems and devices.
Perform related duties as required or assigned.
Willingness to work shift maintenance when required (annual plant shutdowns).
Willingness to take off-shift calls.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum of a high school diploma and five years of instrumentation and control experience in calibration, maintenance, and troubleshooting in the following areas:
Analog and digital controls (electronic and pneumatic);
Microprocessor based instrumentation, DCS, and PLC systems;
Mechanical aptitude and proven ability to maintain operating standards.
Knowledge of occupational hazards and recurring safety precautions.
Must be a member of Operating Engineers Local 399, or join after satisfactory completion of a 90-day probationary period.
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 33522
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