AECOM Utility Plant Operations Specialist in Columbus, Georgia

Requisition/Vacancy No. 151775BR

Position Title Utility Plant Operations Specialist

Job Category Maintenance

Business Line Energy

Country United States of America

State/Province/Region USA - Georgia

City Columbus

Why Choose AECOM? AECOM is a premier, fully integrated professional and technical services firm positioned to design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets around the world for public- and private-sector clients. With nearly 100,000 employees — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management and construction services professionals — serving clients in over 150 countries around the world, AECOM is ranked as the #1 engineering design firm by revenue in Engineering News-Record magazine’s annual industry rankings, and has been recognized by Fortune magazine as a World’s Most Admired Company. The firm is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, oil and gas, water, high-rise buildings and government. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering customized and creative solutions that meet the needs of clients’ projects. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM companies, including URS Corporation and Hunt Construction Group, have annual revenue of approximately $19 billion. More information on AECOM and its services can be found at

About the Business Line

We provide single-source, life-cycle solutions for Fortune 500 clients in industrial markets—oil and gas, refining, petrochemicals, chemicals, manufacturing, food, beverages, and life sciences. We’re a market leader in facility management and hold world-class expertise in numerous process engineering areas for oil/gas processing and refining. We provide facilities maintenance and management services for our clients’ industrial, manufacturing, distribution, logistics, and commercial sites worldwide. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package that includes Medical, Dental and Vision insurance, 3 weeks Paid Time Off, a 401k plan with company match, an Employee Referral Bonus program, employee discounts, and much more – and your benefits start the same day you do. Come join our team!

Job Summary

AECOM is seeking an industrial Utility Plant Operations Specialist in Columbus, GA! Typical work schedule is 7:00am – 3:30pm; hours may vary based on business demand.

The Utility Plant Operations Specialist reports directly to the Operations Supervisor and is responsible for the operation, care and advanced troubleshooting, repair, and preventive maintenance of the central utility plant and associated equipment, as well as maintenance technical training of the CUP Operation Team.

Equipment includes, but is not limited to: Cleaver Brooks steam water tube boilers (60psi); Carrier industrial 1000 ton chillers; Sullair 200 hp and 400 hp screw type and Ingersoll-Rand 450 hp reciprocating air compressors; EVAPCO cooling towers, water treatment, fire-water systems, emergency generator, and building automation system; and main water, gas, and electrical utilities systems.

Also provides work direction to CUP technicians, coordinates/oversees subcontractor activities, and assists other craft technicians in other facility maintenance trades and services, as needed.

Essential Functions:

  • Understands and complies with all Environmental, Safety and Health (ES&H) programs and procedures.

  • Effectively communicates with the site management team and the customer to understand requirements, solve complex problems, and provide solutions to plant problems.

  • Identifies and corrects problems with the CUP equipment such as boilers, chillers, chilled water and condenser pumps, air compressors and cooling towers.

  • Develops and trains other technicians, monitors their work assignments, and coaches as appropriate.

  • Monitors building automation systems to ensure proper operation of air handling equipment and room temperatures including start up and shutdown, and normal operating conditions. Makes adjustments as necessary.

  • Creates and modifies site operations procedures for equipment and recommends facilities reliability improvements.

  • Reviews daily “Rounds” readings and Shift Logbook entries; submits summary status reports to management on issues and equipment condition.

  • Supervises and performs Corrective and Preventative Maintenance work orders per established schedules.

  • Understands predictive maintenance methods and implements processes to identify and repair equipment prior to failures occurring.

  • Analyzes problems, recommends solutions, and initiates repairs.

  • Applies proper safety practices and follows procedures while performing maintenance tasks.

  • Repairs piping systems including pumps, motors, and valves.

  • Operates and troubleshoots building automation system and electrical control circuits

  • Maintains a safe work environment.

  • Other duties as assigned by Manager or Supervisor.



Minimum Requirements

Minimum Requirements:

  1. High School graduate or demonstrated equivalent.

  2. Six years of experience as an industrial Central Utility Plant Operator or Stationary Engineer in an industrial or manufacturing environment, or demonstrated equivalent combination of education and experience.

Additional Information:

  • Qualified applicants who are offered a position must pass a pre-employment substance abuse test.

  • This position may require a valid Driver’s License.

  • This position does not include sponsorship for United States work authorization.

  • This position will require the ability to obtain a security access badge at our client’s location.

  • This position may require various shifts, weekends, and alternative work schedules.

Physical Requirements:

  • Requires the ability to regularly lift up to 50 lbs.

  • Requires the ability to regularly climb extension ladders, roof ladder, stepladders, and stairs at least 10 times during shift.

  • Requires the flexibility to bend/stoop, squat repetitive during shift.

  • Requires the ability to regularly kneel repetitive for shift.

  • Requires the ability to move in a 90-degree fashion on a repetitive basis for shift.

  • Requires the ability to stretch/reach on a repetitive basis for shift.

  • Requires the ability to walk extensively throughout the plant during shift.

  • Requires the use of a Company/Client approved utility knife.

  • Requires the ability to differentiate colors pertaining to wire color-coding.

  • Some tasks will require repetitive wrist movement.

  • Requires the ability to interact with all clients in a professional and friendly manner despite periods of stress.

Special Requirements:

  • Wear steel toe safety shoes, safety glasses, gloves, hard hats and other Personal Protective Equipment as needed.

  • Cope with demands (stressors) that are associated with the job and/or the work environment so that acceptable levels of performance and overall contribution are maintained.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Associate’s degree or equivalent trade school credentials in industrial electrical, mechanical, HVAC, or a related skilled trade.

  2. Two+ years of experience in a lead technician role that included developing, mentoring and/or coaching lower level technicians.

  3. Experience working with heavy industrial or manufacturing plant steam systems, centrifugal chillers, air handling units, cooling towers, air compressors, air dryers, heat exchangers, exhaust systems, pneumatic controls, and building automation control systems.

  4. EPA approved Universal CFC certification.

  5. Experience using a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS); MAXIMO experience is a plus.

  6. Experience working with Microsoft Office products (Outlook, Word, and Excel).

  7. Experience interpreting a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

  8. Ability to read and understand repair manuals, specifications, drawings, and schematic diagrams.

  9. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Other Attributes:

  • Must be willing to work overtime when required. May be required to work holidays and weekends.

What We Offer

AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow.

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