Utah State University

Central Energy Plant Machinist

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 1 month ago(5/4/2023 6:06 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
Category (Portal Searching)
Building Trades
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
40 Hours per week
Facilities Utility Systems
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits
Telework Eligible


The Central Energy Plant is welcoming applications for a Machinist. The Machinist maintains, installs, and repairs energy plant equipment and production/distribution systems; performs complex work in the design, fabrication, and repair a variety of equipment, parts, tools, machines, and devices that are required by departments on campus; and possesses the ability to analyze and understand unique project requests. The successful applicant will apply journeyman skills combined with advanced design and fabrication skills to work as team members to accomplish tasks.


  • Promotes continuous improvement of workplace safety and environmental practices.
  • Develops and studies plans, drawings, and specifications to determine work requirements and sequence of repairs or replacement as required for major projects or new installations.
  • Performs cutting, fabrication, and welding for all types of metals and alloys for all types of maintenance repairs.
  • Designs and produces precision parts with lathes, milling machines, and other shop equipment.
  • Fabricates, modifies and repairs mechanical equipment in accordance with established specifications and procedures.
  • Prepares labor and materials estimates for projects.
  • Orders materials and parts for efficient and effective job completion
  • Provides technical guidance and direction to less senior technicians.
  • Ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies; promotes continuous improvement of workplace safety and environmental practices.
  • Operates boilers and auxiliary equipment and controls the generation of steam, chilled water, electricity, and compresses air with programmable logic controllers or desktop computer-based controls.
  • Starts, stops, and reconfigures chilled water production to maintain the most efficient operating parameters necessary to meet the changing needs of the University.
  • Operates, cleans, and performs preventive maintenance on various kinds of refrigeration units, including absorption, centrifugal, and heat exchangers.
  • Continuously monitors various gauges and automatic recording devices at specified times to assess operating conditions and records operational data, including equipment temperatures, pressures, hours of operation, fuel consumption, water levels, water consumption, and electrical production and usage.
  • Inspects equipment and corrects problems to ensure the safe and economical operation of all central energy plant equipment. Submits reports to ensure efficient utilization of equipment and adherence to the preventive maintenance program.
  • Cleans, lubricates, services, and performs maintenance and repair of all central energy plant equipment, such as replacing and/or repacking bearings and valves and repairing lines and rattling boiler tubes.
  • Overhauls, disassembles, and reassembles pumps, such as feed water, transfer, condensation, vacuum and chemical pumps; checks for wear using micrometers and dial indicators.
  • Lays out, assembles, installs, and maintains pipe systems and related equipment.
  • Inspects and tests joints, valves, pumps, boilers, and other utility mechanical system components to locate malfunctions; makes repairs and replacements as necessary.
  • Installs, repairs, and maintains chilled water, steam, and condensation returns; natural gas; and other piping systems as related to the distribution of energy.
  • Maintains various records including maintenance logs, testing measurements, alarms, inspections, and time cards.
  • Cleans equipment, shop area and work site.
  • Performs other miscellaneous duties as assigned.



  • Four (4) years of directly related work experience in plumbing, pipefitting, welding, machining, and mechanical trade, or related field.


  • Skilled In the use of various hand and power tools common to trade.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Skill In cutting, fitting, and welding or assembling various types of metals.
  • Ability to create, read, understand, and build to specifications from blueprints and schematic drawings.
  • Skilled In estimating time and material requirements for work projects.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of metallurgy, plastics, synthetic materials and other materials used in machine work and welding.
  • Skill in the fabrication, modification and repair of equipment and machines.
  • Advanced knowledge of welding techniques, tools and equipment.
  • Technical problem-solving skills within area of specialty.
  • Knowledge of applicable codes, standards, and regulations.
  • Knowledge of high-pressure boilers, chilled water production units, compressors, turbines, generating units, and potable water systems
  • Ability to test boiler and cooling water
  • Ability to test systems and log results.
  • Knowledge of steam (natural gas, chilled water, condensation) distribution principles.
  • Knowledge of the tools, equipment, and materials common to the plumbing and welding trades.
  • Skilled in the design, fabrication, joining and repair of metals, piping, and equipment and structures.
  • Skilled in diagnosing, troubleshooting, and repairing all types of distribution systems and equipment.
  • Skilled in the installation, repair, and maintenance of plumbing, natural gas, chilled water, and utility piping systems.
  • Skilled in the design, fabrication, joining, and repair of metals piping, equipment, and structures.
  • Skilled in the installation, repair, and maintenance of all types of energy distribution/production systems.
  • Skilled in the maintenance and repair of mechanical equipment and systems, including pumps, boilers, cooling towers, and chillers.


This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to the job.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV” 

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


The position requires considerable physical activity. Employees must have sufficient strength to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position including heavy lifting and/or pushing and pulling of heavy objects. Employees must be prepared to assume uncomfortable positions such as crawling, kneeling, and squatting. Additionally, the work environment can include confined or narrow spaces. Employees must adhere to safety precautions and may be required to use protective equipment.


University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employs 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah, a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Matthew Pinner, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, Ut 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


*updated 11/2022


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