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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 08/24/23

Applications Due02/22/24

Vacancy ID137964

AgencyUniversity at Buffalo

TitleC230138 - Plant Utilities Assistant - Campus Operations

Occupational CategorySkilled Craft, Apprenticeship, Maintenance

Salary Grade09

Bargaining UnitOSU - Operational Services Unit (CSEA)

Salary RangeFrom $40193 to $40193 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Contingent Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 0%

Workweek Variable

Hours Per Week 40


From 9 AM

To 5 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? No

County Erie

Street Address xxx

City Buffalo


Zip Code14214

Minimum Qualifications Minimum Qualifications:
If you are not a state employee and are not on our canvass list, you should follow the instruction below in lieu of completing this online application.

Qualify for our canvass list:

• You must meet at least one of the following criteria:
• Graduate of heating, HVAC, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration apprenticeship program from the U.S. Air Force; Or
• or Must have been an enlisted machinery technician (MK) with the U.S. Coast Guard OR possession of a certificate as a Marine Engineer issued by the U.S. Coast Guard; Or
• or Must have been an enlisted power generation equipment repairer with the U.S. Army; Or
• or Must have been an enlisted gas turbine systems technician, submarine nuclear propulsion plant operator reactor control, utilities man, machinist mate, or engineman with the U.S. Navy; Or
• or Must have a Merchant Mariner’s Document (MMD) and have been a qualified member of the engine department (QMED) as an oiler, fireman/water tender, refrigerating engineer or engineman with the U.S. Merchant Marine; Or
• or Completion of a New York State Department of Labor registered apprenticeship program for stationary engineers, plant maintenance (plumber/steamfitter), HVAC Mechanic or plant maintenance (refrigeration/AC) (See Note #1); Or
• or Possession of a High-Pressure Boiler Operating Engineer License or Stationary Engineer License; Or
• or A bachelor’s degree in Facilities Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Marine Engineering;

If you are not a state employee and are not on our canvass list, you should follow the instruction below in lieu of completing this online application.

• Complete in its entirety the online civil service application
• Be sure to attach all documentation required to show proof of education and experience. This will be the only basis for rating your training, education, and experience.
• Mail the application to University at Buffalo, Townsend Hall, 205 Hayes Road, Buffalo, NY 14214
• Applications will be reviewed and scored by the Human Resources department at the University at Buffalo to be added to our canvass list.


Currently or previously worked in a permanent similar or the same title for more than one year:
• Transfer eligibility requirement: You must have a current permanent appointment with a minimum of 1 year of service in a position of the same title or transferable title.
• Reassignment requirement: You must hold the same title at the University at Buffalo.
• Reinstatement requirement: You must be a former state employee to request reinstatement to the title that was held (or transferable title).

Preferred Qualifications:
• A valid NYS Drivers license; or otherwise be able to demonstrate that the transportation requirements of the job can be met.
• EPA Universal Certification
• NYSDOH Backflow testing Certification
• NYSDEC Pesticide Certification
• Fall Arrest training
• Confined Space Training
• OEM Boiler Certification
• Lock-out/Tag-out training
• OEM Chiller Certification
• Cooling tower training

Physical Demands:
You will be working near and on electrical equipment, gas-fired equipment, pressure vessels, and other equipment and in conditions that could potentially be hazardous if industry best-practices and safety procedures are not followed. The successful candidate is required to have confidence in their own abilities, and be able to work safely and proficiently on this equipment and in this environment, at any time of day or day or week.

Bending, twisting, ability to lift 50 pounds, climb ladders, access equipment located on mezzanines, catwalks, basements and crawlspaces. Ability to work off ladders, scaffolding, in confined spaces and/or where air monitoring may be required. Work in loud/noisy dusty/dirty environments. Candidate must be able to stand, walk, lift, carry, reach, push and pulling of material and equipment and must be able to perform the physical demands of the position as outlined in the Position Summary.

Departmental Operating Needs:
The candidate must be able to:
• Complete tasks assigned
• Communicate effectively with coworkers
• Demonstrate the ability to understand and follow directions
• Candidate must be safety conscious and aware of hazards

This position requires traveling within and between campuses. A valid driver’s license to operate a motor vehicle in NYS is required, or candidate should otherwise demonstrate his/her capacity to meet the transportation needs of the position.

The selected candidate will be dependable, prompt and have a positive attitude.

Duties Description Position Summary:
Facilities Campus Operations at The University at Buffalo is seeking a candidate to fill the role of Plant Utilities Assistant. Plant Utilities Assistants perform various tasks in a safe and efficient manner in operating stationary steam or high temperature hot water boilers rated at 15 pounds per square inch or more.

Key responsibilities include:
• Maintain and repair boilers, pumps, other power plant auxiliary equipment, and electrical and mechanical stationary equipment
• Respond to calls concerning mechanical, electrical or plumbing breakdowns to troubleshoot the problem, make necessary repairs or advise the appropriate authority regarding the problem.
• Check mechanical rooms for correct operation of mechanical equipment.
• Operate and test water softeners and boiler water for correct limits.
• Take readings on meters and gauges to ensure proper operation.
• Check air compressors, blow down and add oil as needed.
• May supervise Plant Utilities Helpers as required.
• Experienced incumbents may be assigned a limited number of activities requiring the full performance level skills of a Plant Utilities Engineer 1.

Outstanding Benefits Package
Working at UB comes with benefits that exceed salary alone. There are personal rewards including comprehensive health and retirement plan options. We also focus on creating and sustaining a healthy mix of work, personal and academic pursuit – all in an effort to support your work-life effectiveness. Visit our benefits website to learn about our benefit packages.

About The University at Buffalo
The University at Buffalo (UB) #ubuffalo is one of America’s leading public research universities and a flagship of the State University of New York system, recognized for our excellence and our impact. UB is a premier, research-intensive public university dedicated to academic excellence. Our research, creative activity and people positively impact the world. Like the city we call home, UB is distinguished by a culture of resilient optimism, resourceful thinking and pragmatic dreaming that enables us to reach others every day. Visit our website to learn more about the University at Buffalo.

University at Buffalo is an affirmative action equal opportunity employer and, in keeping with our commitment, welcomes all to apply including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Additional Comments University at Buffalo is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and in keeping with our commitment, encourages women, minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans to apply.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

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Name Jason Sammarco

Telephone 716-881-7503

Fax xxx

Email Address


Street xxx

City Buffalo

State NY

Zip Code 14214


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