Generation Plant Mechanic II

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 740201 - Physical Plant - Work in Progress
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Support Staff
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

Reporting to the Generation Plant Supervisor/EMCS, the Generation Plant Mechanic II has the responsibility for the campus building and life safety generator systems, coordinating all required inspection, repair, and testing of the campus building and life safety generator systems in accordance with all applicable federal and state regulations; and performing as necessary, preventative and corrective repairs on the campus building and life safety generators systems.
May also repair, maintain and operate the generation turbines and auxiliary equipment such as fans, gas compressors, pumps, electric grid paralleling switchgear, and water treatment equipment.

Salary Grade:  CPL-2

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Assist in operating the 26 MW Generation Turbine Plant and performs all maintenance, testing and servicing as directed.
2. May work on generation computerized control systems and SCADA system, recognizing control alarms and resolve in short periods.
3. May work on installation, system start-up, commissioning, and testing generation plant to include the electric grid paralleling switchgear, to include minor repairs to the entire generation complex.
4. May adjust and troubleshoot volume of gas feeds to generator turbines and ensure controlled air-cooled environment is maintained to turbine/generator compartments.
5. May check Generation Plant’s turbines, gas compressors, and generation systems daily.
6. May perform minor repairs to the turbine generation plant.
7. May inspect, install, routine troubleshooting and repair piping fixtures and equipment including hand valves, relief valves, pressure-reducing valves, lift pumps, vacuum pumps, circulating pumps, sump pumps, air compressors, hot water heaters and expansion joints.
8. May lubricate fans, motors, and pumps, change filters and belts, and adjust controls.
9. May perform preventive maintenance, test equipment for leaks and repair, where necessary.
10. May monitor and clean turbine system to maintain proper operation.
11. May erect and work from ladders, scaffolding, boom trucks, and similar devices.
12. Assist with or interpret blueprints, sketches, and job specifications.
13. Assist in preparing as built drawings of mechanical systems, document job time and materials used.
14. Be knowledgeable of and comply with all safety and mechanical codes.
15. Perform related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Minimum Focus
Education High School Diploma or equivalent

Experience (yrs.) 3 years.


Any equivalent combination of related experience and/or education approved by the Department of Human Resources
Experience in HVAC practices.

Certification or Licensure Requirements:
Valid Driver’s License and EPA approved universal refrigerant handler’s certificate.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

1. Knowledge of turbines, gas compressors and generation systems.
2. Knowledge and skills to repair, maintain and operate compressors, pumps, turbines, heaters and ventilating units.
3. Ability to work on generation computerized control systems.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

Regularly involves lifting, bending or other physical exertion. Often exposed to one or more elements such as heat, cold, noise, dust, dirt, chemicals, etc.

Routine deadlines; usually sufficient lead time; variance in work volume seasonal and predictable; priorities can be anticipated; some interruptions are present; travel or other inconveniences have advance notice; involves occasional exposure to demands and pressures from persons other than immediate supervisor.

Job frequently requires standing, walking, reaching, climbing or balancing, talking, hearing, handling objects with hands, and lifting up to 50 pounds.

Instructions for Applying:

All applicants must apply online at and complete a support staff application.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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