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Steam Distribution System Supervisor

Job ID 3218 Date posted 05/26/2022

Brookhaven National Laboratory ( delivers discovery science and transformative technology to power and secure the nation’s future. Brookhaven Lab is a multidisciplinary laboratory with seven Nobel Prize-winning discoveries, 37 R&D 100 Awards, and more than 70 years of pioneering research. The Lab is primarily supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science. Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) operates and manages the Laboratory for DOE. BSA is a partnership between Battelle and The Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University. BSA salutes our veterans and active military members with careers that leverage the skills and unique experience they gained while serving our country. Our organization fully supports service members transitioning from active duty to civilian life and pledge’s our commitment to actively hire veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Military personnel who have been formally trained or have relevant experience obtained while in service may meet educational requirements and are encouraged to apply for job opportunities at BSA.

Organizational Overview

The Facilities & Operations (F&O) Directorate’s mission is to support the science and technology and environmental restoration missions of the Laboratory by providing a safe, environmentally sound, and reliable infrastructure, to provide high quality crafts and fabrication services to our customers as needed and to protect people, property, and national security. 

The Energy & Utilities (EU) Division operates and maintains BNL's: 

  • Electric Transmission & Distribution System
  • Central Steam Facility
  • Central Chilled Water Facility
  • Potable Water Treatment Facility
  • Wastewater Treatment Facility
  • Site Fire Alarm Systems
  • Building Electrical Systems
  • Site Energy Management Control System (EMCS)
  • Energy Procurement
  • Energy Metering Systems 

These operation and maintenance activities are performed in a manner to ensure they are always safe, reliable, efficient, green and mission ready. The EU Division oversees BNL's energy management programs including sustainability, conservation and obtaining economical electric power and fuel supplies for BNL.

Position Description

The Energy & Utilities Division, within the Facilities and Operations Directorate has an opportunity to fill the position of a Steam Distribution System Supervisor (SDS) which is anchored at building 452 and reports directly to the Energy & Utilities Division Manager. The SDS Supervisor is a first-line supervisor responsible for the operations and maintenance of approximately 10 miles of steam and condensate pipe, condensate return pumps,  and approximately 80 steam manholes.  In addition, the SDS is responsible the operation and maintenance 8 firetube boilers, as well as the perimeter heat systems, local steam heaters, steam reducing stations, condensate return pumps at all physical buildings . The supervisor’s normal hours are M-F 8:00am-4:30pm, and on occasion may be required work additional hours to assist with maintenance periods or emergencies. This position supervises  eight (8) collective bargaining unit staff who work M-F 8:00am-4:30pm with regular weekday and weekend overtime.

The selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate level dependent upon depth and breadth of relevant knowledge and skills. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supervises, directs, assigns, and coordinates work of the Steamfitters, including work assignments and scheduling of staff.
  • Identifies and plans the daily and ongoing maintenance needs of the system.
  • Determine work plans and resources necessary to achieve operational targets; prepare operations budget estimates and participate in the budget preparation process.
  • Controls operational expenses to achieve approved budgets.
  • Identify, troubleshoot, and communicate breakdowns or upset conditions of mechanical systems, control systems equipment, and heating systems.
  • Maintain shop inventory in coordination with supervisor (Tools, chemicals, hardware, consumables etc.).
  • Coordinate with energy management to obtain and process meter readings.
  • Maintain a list of prioritized improvements projects for the systems.
  • Coordinate systems and equipment access for maintenance in a safe and conscientious manner following safety rules, procedures, and actively participating in safety programs, such as confined space, lock-out/tag-out, etc. Inspects facilities and recommends action. Responsible for planning and implementing maintenance and repair programs.
  • Estimates materials, costs, and staffing requirements.
  • Plan and perform work in accordance with departmental goals, procedures, and trade standards including the National Electrical Code, NFPA70E, and OSHA standards.
  • Maintains records and prepares reports of activity, events, and employee attendance. Reviews and approves daily and weekly timecards for the Steamfitters.
  • Processes all work orders via the Maximo and Mobile Maximo work order system, including printing, assigning, reviewing, and completing work orders in a timely fashion.
  • Coordinates work schedules and repairs with required BNL craft trades and supervisors.
  • Responds and/or directs staff to respond to all emergencies, alarms, and unusual conditions related to equipment and services. In the event of emergency situations such as system trips, equipment malfunction or power outage, takes appropriate action to prevent damage.
  • May supervise service and maintenance contractors to ensure that work is performed in accordance with contract specifications.
  • Approves invoices for payment.
  • Acts as a Primary Authorized Employee to control, document and maintain complex LOTOs.
  • Hosts daily meetings to review work assignments, provide safety briefings, discuss departmental announcements, etc.
  • Monitors and adjusts code driven daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual planned maintenance on equipment located throughout the site.
  • Maintains a high level of housekeeping and maintenance of tools and equipment in the shop areas and participates in Safety inspections and audits.
  • Monitors employee training and attendance records.
  • Processes quarterly fuel oil samples.

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Requires a BS in marine, electrical, or mechanical engineering with a minimum of 7-years’ experience in the operation and maintenance of high, medium, and low-pressure steam distribution systems with demonstrated technical leadership in a supervisory capacity.
  • Requires an understanding of the operation of packaged boilers and fuel handling.
  • Strong decision-making skills and the ability to respond to a complex set of circumstances.
  • Must be able to read, write, and verbally communicate in English.
  • Must have a valid NYS Driver’s license.
  • Must have working knowledge of computers and software applications i.e., Microsoft Office suite and computerized maintenance management software.
  • Experience with supervising and working in a collective bargaining/union environment.
  • Must be available for overtime and off hours call ins as required.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Experience and familiarity with the following:

  • Knowledge of boiler system corrosion control methods.
  • Experience with fuel oil handling and spill control methods. 

Environmental, Safety, and Health, Considerations:

  • Standing, bending, and lifting, up to 30 lbs.
  • Ability to work in confined spaces.
  • Ability to climb fixed and portable ladders and work at heights up to 20 feet.
  • Use of a respirator and other related safety equipment.
  • Work outdoors/cold environments.
  • Work in warm environments.
  • Ability to act as a primary authorized employee for Lock-out/Tag-out.
  • Ability to wear proper PPE such as safety glasses, safety shoes, and hearing protection.
  • Use of private car may be required at certain times.
  • Domestic travel may be required on occasion for training purposes.

At Brookhaven National Laboratory we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Care Plans
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (vacation, holidays, sick leave, paid parental leave)
  • Lab-funded Retirement Plan
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs
  • Employee Fitness/Wellness & Recreation:  Gym/Basketball Courts, Weight Room, Fitness Classes, Indoor Pool, Tennis Courts, Sports Clubs/Activities (Basketball, Ping Pong, Softball, Tennis)

Brookhaven Science Associates requires proof of a COVID-19 vaccination for all employees. Proof of full vaccination as recognized by the CDC and/or WHO, inclusive of the two-week waiting period, is required at the start of your employment.

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer that values inclusion and diversity at our Lab. We are committed to ensuring that all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a veteran, disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

BNL takes affirmative action in support of its policy and to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. We ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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