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Systems Operator I
at Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey, CA

Systems Operator I
at Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey, CA

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Job summary:

Under the supervision of the Senior Systems Operators, will operate, maintain, troubleshoot and repair the facilities systems mechanical plant and its variety of equipment to achieve aquatic plant & animal life support.  This includes, and not limited to: a 25 million gallon a day sea water system, a 250 ton main plant HVAC system with zone air handlers, air compressors, motors, pumps, pressure sand filters, heat exchangers,  gas fired water heaters and furnaces, and operate a computer based control system for this equipment.

Core Responsibilities

  • Works rotating shifts to provide 24/7/365 watch coverage, shared equally with other Systems Operators
  • Provide Watch coverage: able and willing to take responsibility for plant operations when on shift, and respond to radio, phone or in person calls for assistance as required
  • Monitors and operates complex integrated seawater systems to maintain specified parameters of aquatic animal life support systems
  • Operates life support and building equipment using computer based control systems
  • Reads meters and gauges and accurately records data in proper locations
  • Adjusts manual or overrides automatic controls to bring equipment into recommended or prescribed operating ranges, switch to backup equipment, or startup/shutdown equipment
  • Inspects equipment at regular intervals to detect malfunctions, need for repairs, adjustments, lubrication, and performs these activities as needed
  • Maintains equipment by tightening fittings or replacing parts as needed including and not limited to: bearings, packing glands, gaskets, valves, recorders, gauges, actuators, shaft grounds, pumps, filters, drive belts, motors, heat exchangers
  • Oils, greases, lubricates equipment. Ability to work with hand and power tools: drills, saws, wrenches, scrapers, brooms, drain snakes, pressure washers, vacuums, powered hoists
  • Cleans pump basket strainers, filters, piping, chiller and boiler tubes, heat exchangers, ultra violet light treatment systems, mechanical spaces and the equipment located in them
  • Performs pigging on raw seawater lines
  • Notifies proper personnel when needing to make changes that affect life support systems
  • Works safely within and around: confined spaces, automatic start rotating equipment, hazardous chemicals, organic waste, ozone gas, natural gas, industrial electricity, seawater, pressurized air or water piping and equipment, ladders and scaffolding
  • Climbs stairs, ladders, scaffolding
  • Lifts and handles items over 50 lbs. in weight
  • Ability to work with and direct outside contractor's activities
  • Records actions taken during shift in the Operator's logbook
  • Follows the directions of the Senior Systems Operators
  • Provides excellent customer service to a variety of customers internally and externally to the Aquarium and the Control Room
  • Brings a positive attitude and solid work ethic to the team
  • Adaptable to change in a fast paced ever-changing work environment
  • Ability to prioritize work while multi-tasking
  • Perform occasional strenuous labor and repeated routine tasks
  • Works with a "safety first" mindset at all times

Absolutely Required Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or Education

  • Ability to perform the duties listed above on a daily basis
  • Ability to perform both as a team player and as a responsible individual when on duty alone
  • Familiar with industrial equipment operation / maintenance and stationary engineering practices
  • Ability and willingness to learn through on the job training
  • Maintain a mature, professional attitude
  • Familiar with general industrial and public building safety procedures
  • Ability to work within, and maintain Monterey Bay Aquarium's Core Values

Desired Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or Education

  • Aquarium facility Operator or proven aquarium experience
  • Other related water systems operation or maintenance experience
  • Familiar with OSHA safety guidelines
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Light experience in plumbing and electrical design, assembly and maintenance
  • Strong troubleshooting skills on mechanical / electro-mechanical systems
  • Ability to take the lead on a project and see it through to completion
  • Ability to pass a post- hire physical
  • Must possess the ability to obtain a valid California driver's license and maintain clearance in the DMV Pull Program
Reference # 24330
Posted on 16 May 2019
Location(s) Monterey Bay
Expertise Systems Support
Work type(s) Regular, Full Time
Job level(s) Experienced
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The Monterey Bay Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to fostering an environment free from any form of unlawful discrimination. Discriminatory actions are strictly prohibited and we are committed to engaging in affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination.

It is the policy of the Monterey Bay Aquarium to promote a positive program of specific practices designed to ensure equal opportunity without regard to race, sex (including breastfeeding and conditions related to breastfeeding), color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic partnership status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, special disabled veteran status, veteran status, medical condition, genetic characteristics and information, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), family care leave status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws.
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