Location: Ithaca, New York
Central Energy Plant Engineer
Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.
Energy & Sustainability is comprised of three interactive teams: Campus Sustainability Office, Energy Management and Utilities Distribution and Production, which work together to achieve our obligations and seize opportunities to reduce our environmental footprint while providing vital utilities services to the Ithaca campus.
The Utilities section of Energy and Sustainability operates the University energy infrastructure system on a 24-hour, 365 day per year basis. Production facilities include a combined cycle gas turbine plant, a hydroelectric plant, a water filtration plant, and multiple chilled water plants.
This job provides the opportunity to work in a team environment with staff who take great pride in producing steam, electricity and chilled water for Cornell University. This position provides an opportunity to troubleshoot and repair state of the art utility equipment such as steam package boilers, steam turbines, air compressors, pumps, and centrifugal chillers, and an opportunity to do design of new systems. From combined heat and power to hydroelectric generation, the Central Energy Plant does it all. This is rewarding work that supports the university's mission of teaching, research, and outreach.
The purpose of this position is to provide support to the central energy plants to ensure reliable, safe and efficient operation. This support includes: project management, engineering, and technical oversight for the highly complex maintenance and operation of Cornell's electric, steam, chilled water, and potable water production facilities, and the associated distribution systems. All work is conducted within the context of systems which must remain in continuous operation at all times.
Work closely with the central energy plant manager, other thought leaders, and technical specialists in support of all maintenance and operations activities to assure continued reliable operation of equipment, effective processes and reliable delivery of all utilities. Perform periodic inspections of central plant equipment and systems, document conditions and communicate necessary maintenance or recommended upgrades. Conduct or manage studies, surveys, and analyses of plant and distribution systems. Provide designs for repairs requiring engineering input, monitor and check the designs being performed by others, prepare instructions and documentation of work to be performed, coordinate and oversee the scheduling, layout, and installation of mechanical, electrical, and control systems. Prepare commissioning plans and supervise the commissioning of systems. Assist with management of plant documents and drawings to ensure access to records for all systems and structures. Provide staff training as necessary. Provide engineering support as needed for other department initiatives. Be available on a 24/7/365 basis for emergencies.
Ours is a values-based organization where all employees are accountable for supporting the organization's values of truth, respect, excellence, teamwork, and integrity. IPP employees are required to attend staff development trainings and participate in the performance evaluation process.
- Bachelor of Science in Engineering or related field.
- Ability to secure the New York State Professional Engineering license (after obtaining necessary experience).
- Demonstrates the divisional values of truth, respect, teamwork, integrity, and excellence. This includes such behaviors as the demonstrated ability to give and receive feedback, communicate honestly, listen, respect others, learn from mistakes, set high goals and achieve them, overcome obstacles, uses time effectively, sets priorities, and participates effectively on teams.
- Is highly motivated and exhibits innovation, good judgment and reliability in the workplace.
- Ability to work in an environment that includes high ambient temperature, noise, and dust.
- Ability to safely work with chemicals, high temperature/pressure steam, confined spaces, and other potential hazards.
- Must be able to climb stairs, ladders, and work with heights.
- Demonstrated experience in an institutional or industrial setting.
- Coursework concentration in thermodynamics and/or power and power systems.
- Direct experience managing construction projects of any size Coursework concentration in chemistry, thermodynamics, fluids, or power and power systems.
- Prior exposure and familiarity with industrial / utility energy systems and equipment such as combustion turbines, combination natural gas/oil fired boilers, steam turbine generators, large refrigerant chillers, high energy piping systems, electrical switchgear, motor starters, variable speed drives, emergency diesel generators, and all related equipment and control systems.
- Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.
- New York State Professional Engineering license.
- Typically lifts 10 to 20 lbs.
- Close concentration
- Chemicals/ safety precautions
University Job Title:
Engineer Architect I
Facilities & Safety Services
Pay Rate Type:
$90,361.00 - $110,441.00
Remote Option Availability:
Number of Openings:
Job Titles and Pay Ranges:
Noted pay ranges reflect the potential pay opportunity for each job profile. The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:
Prior relevant work or industry experience
Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position
Unique applicable skills
Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)
Online Submission Guidelines:
Applicants that do not have internet access are encouraged to visit your local library, or local Department of Labor. You may also visit the office of Workforce Recruitment and Retention Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. to use a dedicated workstation to complete an online application.
Notice to Applicants:
Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.