Cogeneration Plant Lead (Lead Building Service Engineer) (504728)

  • San Diego State University
  • San Diego, California
  • Nov 28, 2021
Full Time Engineering

Job Description


Position Summary

SDSU Facilities Services is a customer service based organization providing facility maintenance activities through a transparent and deliberate process. It is responsible for all operations, maintenance, repair, renovation, remodel and alteration activities in support of the academic and research mission of the university. Facilities Services employs over 220 employees (full time and students) and supports approximately eight million square feet of buildings (including residence halls and parking structures) and 280 acres of improved and unimproved land with an operating budget of approximately forty million dollars. Part of that operation includes the 24 hour a day, 7 day a week operation of a campus cogeneration plant and central steam system.

This posting is to recruit a Lead to assist the Cogeneration Plant Supervisor in the day-to-day operations of the cogeneration and boiler plant. The Cogeneration Plant Lead works with and provides lead work direction to six operating engineers and completes maintenance (both preventive and corrective) while functioning as part of a team. The Cogeneration Plant Lead provides direction for work sequencing and technical expertise and leadership; ensures materials, supplies, and equipment needed to perform work safely and appropriately is available. Additionally, the Cogeneration Plant Lead is responsible for directing staff assigned to complete assigned work orders and perform preventive maintenance on the cogeneration plant, including all auxiliary and ancillary plant equipment utilized in the production and distribution of campus utilities. The Cogeneration Plant Lead is responsible for identifying issues or situations requiring management involvement and provides input to management in the preparation of annual performance evaluations.

For more information regarding Facilities Services, click here.

This is a full time (1.0 time-base) benefits eligible, permanent (probationary) position. This position is designated non-exempt under FLSA and is eligible for overtime compensation. Work hours are Monday - Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs.

Education and Experience

Two years of journey-level experience in the operation, maintenance and repair of boiler, heating, ventilating, refrigeration and air conditioning equipment and systems or the equivalent combination of formal course work in mechanical technology and hands-on experience.

The abilities of a Lead BSE would normally be acquired through two or more years of experience as a journey-level Building Service Engineer that included some work or project coordination responsibilities.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Completion of a terminal degree/certificate program from a recognized educational institution in mechanical technology which included the actual operation of boilers, gas or reciprocating engines may substitute for up-to-one year of the required experience.
  • Journey-level skill equivalent to that acquired through two years of journey-level experience in the operation, maintenance and repair of gas turbines, generators, gas compressors, air emission systems and water purifiers in a power plant and cogeneration system.
  • Experience and/or training in the operation of a power plant's computer-based management system is desirable.
  • Equivalent to two years or more experience in the operation, maintenance and repair of boilers, diesel or gas reciprocating engines and other related mechanical equipment.
  • Prospective applicants who have not had the experience listed may be considered eligible based on other equivalent evidence of meeting the above minimum qualifications.

Specialized Skills
  • Ability to effectively communicate and successfully interact with a variety of individuals in a diverse environment at all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and work appropriately within the department hierarchy communicating effectively to resolve problems; and to proactively resolve conflicts or disagreements in the workplace, make suggestions and ask pertinent questions to facilitate effective communication.
  • Ability to implement safety procedures, resolve problems and improve safety in the workplace. Ability to instill in others the importance of workplace safety rules and regulations and take appropriate actions.
  • Ability to conduct hazard assessments, and address those hazards accordingly, and applies Engineering controls as appropriate to address/mitigate hazards; promptly follows-up on health and safety risks, taking appropriate actions(s) and provides the necessary reports and documentation.

Licenses and/or Certifications Required:

Valid California driver's license or the ability to obtain one within 10 days of hire.

Compensation and Benefits

Starting salary upon appointment is not expected to exceed $6,034 per month. CSU Classification Salary Range: $6,034 - $7,651 per month. Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department's fiscal resources.

San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For more information regarding SDSU benefits, please click here.

Supplemental Information

Initial review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on September 24, 2021. To receive full consideration, apply by September 23, 2021. The position will remain open until filled.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click here.

SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

Applicants with disabilities and applicants who require assistance completing an application may contact Employment Services at

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

San Diego, California 92182 United States View Map