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  • Full Time
  • St Paul, MN
  • $85,000 to $110,000 Annual DOQ USD / Year
  • Salary: $85,000 to $110,000 Annual DOQ
  • Must pass background check, drug screen, and be a US Citizen

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As the Chief Engineer, this position is responsible for all aspects of the Central Plant operations of Facilities Services, including budget, personnel, equipment replacement/renovation projects, utility production/distribution systems, maintenance, and operations.  This position also provides support for construction/renovation and other operations of Facilities Services.


  • Directs the operation and maintenance of all university utility distribution systems, including electric power, chilled water, heating water, domestic water, sanitary sewage, stormwater, steam, and compressed air.
  • Directs and supervises the personnel of the Central Plant.  Includes hiring, ensuring required and appropriate training for staff, schedule management, employee relations, union relations, contract negotiations, work quality management, etc.
  • Manages and directs the work of all contractors and vendors working for the Central Plant.
  • Assists the Facilities Services project team in the design and management of construction/renovation projects. 
  • Implements and directs energy management programs (e.g. Xcel Energy commercial efficiency program, building temperature settings, Xcel energy rebate programs, etc.). 
  • Directs the operation of the building automation system.
  • Directs the preventative maintenance program for the Central Plant and all university-wide mechanical and electrical equipment.
  • Assists the Associate Vice President for Facilities Services with the preparation and management of the annual budget for Central Plant operations.  Verifies utility bills and other department expenditures.
  • Researches and keeps current with federal, state, and city laws, codes, and regulations to ensure the university is in compliance. (e.g. OSHA, EPA, air emissions, asbestos, fire safety, etc.) 
  • Establishes and maintains written contingency plans for furnishing utilities and/or protecting life and property during catastrophic failure.
  • Is available to answer emergency calls 24/7. 
  • Serves as department liaison with electric, gas, and water utility companies.
  • Oversees the energy conservation efforts of the university. 
  • Maintains relationships and communication with campus stakeholders in regard to the delivery of Central Plant services.
  • Carries out other duties as directed. 


  • Proven skills in developing, implementing, and managing Central Plant operations and programs.
  • Knowledge and experience in applying current best practices in utilities and energy management.
  • Demonstrated success and proficiency in the use of building/energy management systems and software.
  • Possess strong analytical, problem identification, and resolution skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze situations and procedures and recognize any safety or health hazards that exist within them. 
  • Demonstrated success in building collaborative relationships.
  • Ability to research and stay abreast of applicable regulations and codes.


  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent
  • Post-high school education related to plant operations, mechanical/electrical systems, and/or energy management. 
  • 3-5 years experience in planning and directing of central plant operations
  • 3-5 years experience in the direct supervision of central plant staff


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Training in the design and operation of digital controls, and building/energy management systems.
  • Experience directing the central plant operations in a higher education setting.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills of environmental/occupational health and safety regulations, practices, and procedures.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills of a/c and refrigeration systems and equipment.


  • Minnesota Chief B Boilers License
  • Current MN driver’s license
  • Successfully passed  required criminal background check.

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