Under general supervision, Operate a Central Heating & Cooling Plant consisting of centrifugal chiller, boilers, steam generators, pumps, variable frequency drives, hydronic piping systems, cooling tower, DI/RO/SOFT water systems, fuel tanks, emergency generators, CO2 system, natural gas distribution, Energy Management Control System, Fire Alarm/Supression Systems. Acts as Lead to the Central Plant related Electrical/Mechanical, HVAC&R Trades.
The Plant Operator's primary responsibilities are to operate the plant safely and in a manner that optimizes plant and equipment efficiencies, minimizes energy consumption and operating costs, maintains system reliability and minimizes downtime. Other primary duties include developing and maintaining a preventative maintenance program for plant equipment and performing routine maintenance and repair work on plant equipment and HVAC primary systems. Acts as a caretaker of the Central Plant site and building. Assures proper operation, maintenance and repair of central plant chillers, boilers, HVAC systems, steam generators, pumps, fans, and other equipment. Responds to refrigeration trouble calls and perform basic electrical troubleshooting. Modifies, repairs, plans for, installs, maintains, alters and troubleshoots using appropriate tools and test equipment on refrigeration, heating and cooling equipment and components.
High School graduate/ GED
Air conditioning and refrigeration associateâ™s degree/ certification
EPA-608 Universal Certification
NOTE: All certifications MUST be obtained within six months of date of hire.
Steam Operators Permit
Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment.
Successful completion of the Instituteâ™s background investigation.
Post-offer physical required.
Must be able to work overtime as required based on operational needs (including occasional weekends).
Regular, reliable, on-time attendance required.
Must be able to adjust regularly assigned work schedule based on workload and deadlines (earlier start/later end).
Must be willing to maintain First Aide/CPR/AED training/certification.
Must be able to operate a computer based maintenance management system. State pesticide application license desirable. If held, must complete required continuing education.
Willing to sign an employee confidentiality agreement.
May be required to have certification or know national building codes specific to trade.
As a safeguard for employees and animals, all FS employees may be subject to vaccines/tests/physical exams prior to working with specific animals or animal populations as research needs including but not limited to: TB Testing/ Clearance (every six months / twice a year). Measles (proof of immunization and/or vaccination).
This position requires constant balancing, seeing, hearing, and working in environmental conditions of vibrations.
Salk scientists are dedicated to innovative biological research. The Salk Institute consistently ranks among the leading research institutions in the world for its faculty's contributions and the impact of their findings. Focused both on discovery and on mentoring future generations of researchers, Salk scientists make groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of cancer, aging, Alzheimer's, diabetes and infectious diseases by studying neuroscience, genetics, cell and plant biology, and related disciplines. "We lead biological research. We prize discovery. Salk is where cures begin."Overlooking the Pacific Ocean in La Jolla, the Salk Institute offers a warm, collegial and collaborative work environment, where employees enjoy a generous benefits program. Social activities on campus encourage interaction as a community.