Power Plant Operator III- Thermal Energy Plant

Job Number: 431152
Category: Skilled Trade/Facilities Mgmt.
Location: Dallas, TX, US
Department: 524011 – Thermal Energy Plant-Bass
Full/Part Time/PRN: Day Job
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Schedule: Full-time

Job Summary


Works under minimal supervision to perform journey-level operation and maintenance of equipment and machinery in central plant environment.




Experience and Education


Graduation from high school, vocational school, or GED and five (5) years journey level experience in operation and maintenance in central utilities plant environment.


Preferred: Completion of certified operator program and experience in university physical plant environment. CFC certification.




Job Duties

  • Starts up, shuts down, and adjusts power plant and/or chilling station equipment or systems in accordance with established operational and safety procedures.
  • Monitors equipment and maintains records of operating status. Operates control computer systems.
  • Troubleshoots and analyzes problems based on equipment operation records. Initiates process changes and implements solutions.
  • Performs detailed inspections of operating equipment for proper operation.
  • Informs appropriate personnel of unusual conditions, problems or deficiencies and takes action.
  • Initiates and completes work orders using automated maintenance program systems. Identifies and reports safety hazards and equipment malfunctions.
  • Supervises support staff as needed. Attends meetings and training courses. Trains new personnel as required.
  • May perform preventative or corrective maintenance tasks incidental to operation of mechanical or electrical systems.
  • Covers shifts other than their shift during planned and unplanned absences in their assigned Plant or other plants where they have been cross-trained including day and night shifts.
  • Prepares and implement cost effective Operations Schedule and major equipment maintenance schedules.
  • May be assigned to supervise projects and other maintenance activities.
  • In charge with the Plant’s housekeeping and security. In charge of record keeping in the plant.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Work requires ability to operate more than one plant.
  • Work requires outstanding initiative and leadership skills.
  • Work requires familiarity with environmental compliance.
  • Work requires good overall knowledge of tools of trade, standard office eqpt & PC based automation control systems. 
  • Work may require working in manholes and tunnels, and/or extended shifts. 
  • Work requires walking, bending, climbing, lifting up to 50 lbs., pulling/pushing equipment up to 50 lbs.



Working Conditions


Work is performed primarily in general office environment. Exposure to mechanical and electrical hazards typical to central plants, and utility distribution systems.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents in lieu of stated minimum require prior approval of Vice President for Human Resources Administration or his/her designee.







This position is security-sensitive and subject to Texas Education Code 51.215, which authorizes UT Southwestern to obtain criminal history record information





Salary Negotiable





UT Southwestern Medical Center is committed to an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the University community. In accordance with federal and state law, the University prohibits unlawful discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of: race; color; religion; national origin; sex; including sexual harassment; age; disability; genetic information; citizenship status; and protected veteran status. In addition, it is UT Southwestern policy to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Contact Us

UT Southwestern Medical Center
Office of Human Resources, 5323 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, TX 75390-9023 | Phone: 214-648-9810