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Plant Operator Supervisor


This position is responsible for overseeing the reliable operation of the University of Florida’s utility plants, including steam and chilled water production.

Examples of Work

Job functions are specific duties that would be included in the essential functions of the job description.  These functions are not all-inclusive nor do they cover the full extent of the duties performed.

  • Supervises operators that regulate the operation of plant equipment inclusive of chillers, fans, pumps, motors, VFD’s, make-up water systems, deareators, boilers, boiler feed water, air compressors and generators. Adept at operating those same systems and able to communicate, train and standardize operating procedures for utility pants for staff.
  • Develops procedures for lock-out/tag-out in tandem with maintenance supervisors to standardize the resetting of equipment for planned and emergency outages. Assists with or leads (as required) technical investigations of non-conformance or mechanical problems and works with maintenance supervisors and mechanics to develop corrective and preventative action plans. Analyzes trends and data to track performance and predict future issues.
  • Plans, organizes and directs the activities and schedules of utility operators to ensure efficient plant operation. Conducts periodic inspections to ensure that all equipment and controls are operating properly and are in good condition and communicate deficiencies to staff. Certifies the validity of routine plant readings and production and consumption records compiled by staff and ensures safety of employees through various safety programs, activities and procedures.
  • Supports plant operations during outages and emergencies and escalates communication protocols as warranted by the situation. Works with operation and maintenance staff to identify the nature of the problem and takes appropriate action to ensure safety and minimize property or equipment damage and minimize the disruption to customers.
  • Develops communication protocols for planned and unplanned outages to be utilized by staff and conducts emergency scenario training on a periodic basis.
  • Ensures that the plant is in sanitary and orderly condition. Identifies safety hazards and works with maintenance supervisor to remove or eliminate hazards.

Education and Experience

High school diploma or equivalent and five years of appropriate experience. Appropriate vocational/technical training may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience.

Licensure and Certification



This position does include supervisory responsibility.

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