Vanderbilt University Plant Engineer - Building Automation and Engineering in Nashville, Tennessee

Plant Engineer - Building Automation and Engineering (Job Number: 1801825)


Plant Operations provides facilities support for all construction, renovation, and routine maintenance of University Central space and facilities; housekeeping services for approximately 5.8 million square feet of academic, administrative, residential, and recreational space; grounds care for 330 acres that are a registered arboretum; turf care for athletic fields; and utilities for the University Central and the Medical Center.

Facilities annual budget exceeds $100 million in operating expenses and includes over 400 employees. Facilities manages major capital project expenditures totaling $125 million annually and facility renewal, replacement and large maintenance project expenditures totaling $20 million annually.

The Plant Engineer is part of the Facilities, Plant Operations Department at Vanderbilt University and supports the planning, design, construction and operation of safe and efficient mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems in campus buildings, in campus thermal and electrical distribution systems, and in campus power plants. The campus buildings, utility infrastructure and central power plants directly support the University and Medical Center’s missions of education, research and patient care.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Increase campus safety by ensuring MEP systems aredesigned and maintained to provide healthy indoor air quality, robustelectrical systems, and benign thermal systems.

  • Increase campus energy efficiency by:

  • Ensuring building MEP systems function better than orequal to design intent.

  • Ensuring chilled water, steam, hot water andelectrical generation and distribution systems are planned designed andoperated to be most efficient.

  • Provide engineering recommendations and support to increasethe resiliency and efficiency of the Central Steam Plant including our GasCogeneration Plant and Electrical Substation

  • Help ensure Vanderbilt’s commissioning process isfollowed for all construction projects.

  • Generate building MEP masterplans that support day today Zone Maintenance initiatives and improvements. This includes buildinghot water, steam, electrical distribution, air handling units, air distributionand control systems.

  • Support Chilled Water Distribution group and Controlsgroup by troubleshooting distribution and building controls issues anddetermining the best possible solution to problems.

  • Support Campus Energy Manager in developing andimplementing projects to make the campus more energy efficient and to helpachieve Total Energy Accountability

  • Provide Project Management on Facilities’ project thatsupport all facets of the Facility group (Plant Operations, CampusPlanning, Real Estate, and Sustainability)

Profile of an IdealCandidate

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or related field isnecessary.

  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience isnecessary.

  • Professional engineering license is stronglypreferred.

  • Strong organizational skills, with an emphasis onmanaging multiple tasks and proven capability to meet deadlines is necessary.

  • Effective oral and written communication skills isnecessary.

  • Ten years operational experience with mechanical andelectrical systems is preferred.

  • Management experience, knowledge of switchgear,transformers, gas turbine generators, steam turbine generators, chilledwater generation and distribution equipment, hot water generation anddistribution equipment, steam and condensate distribution equipment,building HVAC equipment, building control systems, power plant controlsequipment, and diesel generators is preferred.

About Vanderbilt Benefits

In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview at .

About Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 and located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. The university’s students and faculty frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt was recently ranked #2 for “best quality of life” and “great financial aid,” #5 for “best run colleges” and “beautiful campus,” and #6 for both being in a “college city that students love” and having “great campus/city relations.”

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 37570 - Building Automation and Engineering

Job: Facilities Professionals

Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action