Systems Operator I

Systems Operator I

Monterey Bay Aquarium //
Monterey, CA //
Posted on: August 21, 2017 //

Under the supervision of the Senior Systems Operators, the Systems Operator I will operate, maintain, troubleshoot and repair the facilities systems mechanical plant and its variety of equipment to achieve aquatic plant & animal life support. This includes and not limited to: a 25 million gallon a day sea water system, a 250 ton main plant HVAC system with zone air handlers, air compressors, motors, pumps, pressure sand filters, heat exchangers, gas fired water heaters and furnaces, and operate a computer based control system for this equipment.

Core Responsibilities

Works rotating shifts to provide 24/7/365 watch coverage, shared equally with other Systems Operators
Provide Watch coverage: able and willing to take responsibility for plant operations when on shift, and respond to radio, phone or in person calls for assistance as required
Monitors and operates complex integrated seawater systems to maintain specified parameters of aquatic animal life support systems
Operates life support and building equipment using computer based control systems
Reads meters and gauges and accurately records data in proper locations
Adjusts manual or overrides automatic controls to bring equipment into recommended or prescribed operating ranges, switch to backup equipment, or startup/shutdown equipment
Inspects equipment at regular intervals to detect malfunctions, need for repairs, adjustments, lubrication, and performs these activities as needed
Maintains equipment by tightening fittings or replacing parts as needed including and not limited to: bearings, packing glands, gaskets, valves, recorders, gauges, actuators, shaft grounds, pumps, filters, drive belts, motors, heat exchangers
Oils, greases, lubricates equipment. Ability to work with hand and power tools: drills, saws, wrenches, scrapers, brooms, drain snakes, pressure washers, vacuums, powered hoists
Cleans pump basket strainers, filters, piping, chiller and boiler tubes, heat exchangers, ultra violet light treatment systems, mechanical spaces and the equipment located in them
Performs pigging on raw seawater lines
Notifies proper personnel when needing to make changes that affect life support systems
Works safely within and around: confined spaces, automatic start rotating equipment, hazardous chemicals, organic waste, ozone gas, natural gas, industrial electricity, seawater, pressurized air or water piping and equipment, ladders and scaffolding
Climbs stairs, ladders, scaffolding
Lifts and handles items over 50 lbs. in weight
Ability to work with and direct outside contractor’s activities
Records actions taken during shift in the Operator’s logbook
Follows the directions of the Senior Systems Operators
Provides excellent customer service to a variety of customers internally and externally to the Aquarium and the Control Room
Brings a positive attitude and solid work ethic to the team
Adaptable to change in a fast paced ever-changing work environment
Ability to prioritize work while multi-tasking
Perform occasional strenuous labor and repeated routine tasks
Works with a “safety first” mindset at all times

Absolutely Required Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or Education

Ability to perform the duties listed above on a daily basis
Ability to perform both as a team player and as a responsible individual when on duty alone
Familiar with industrial equipment operation / maintenance and stationary engineering practices
Ability and willingness to learn through on the job training
Maintain a mature, professional attitude
Familiar with general industrial and public building safety procedures
Valid driver’s license and enrollment in the California DMV Employee Pull Notice (EPN) program

Desired Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or Education

Aquarium facility Operator or proven aquarium experience
Other related water systems operation or maintenance experience
Familiar with OSHA safety guidelines
Excellent customer service skills
Light experience in plumbing and electrical design, assembly and maintenance
Strong troubleshooting skills on mechanical / electro-mechanical systems
Ability to take the lead on a project and see it through to completion
Ability to pass a post- hire physical

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