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Central Power Plant Organization

The Central Power Plant (CPP) generates and processes four main services to the University Central and Medical Campuses. These include steam, electricity, compressed air and domestic hot water. This requires an operating budget (FY05) of 6.9 million dollars and capital expenditures (reserve fund) averaging 3.5 million dollars annually. All aspects of Facility Management, Environmental & Safety and Engineering principles along with federal, state and local regulatory compliance are required to operate and maintain on a continuous basis.

The CPP organization is composed of six internal organizations covering four supervised groups, one professional group and 12 supporting units. The supporting units compromise University units and full time contracted services. Ten of these supporting units come under direct management and supervision of the CPP. The remaining two supporting units are under shared management. See organizational chart.

The direct management to five of the CPP internal organizations and 12 supporting units is divided amongst two internal departments (Operations and Maintenance).

Operations Department (OD) - Operations department encompasses the OPER and I&C groups along with assigned capital project management, 4 contracted Support Services units and the Training unit. The Operations department organizes and finances all groups and supporting units to maintain continuous reliable operations and delivery of power to the distribution system on campus. See organizational chart. The OD is managed and lead by the Operations Superintendent who also is the chairman of several working committees and is responsible for all aspects of the OD. The Operations Superintendent also acts as the Plant Manager when that person is absent.

Maintenance Department (MD) - Maintenance department encompasses the MAINT and CHEM groups along with assigned capital project management, 5 contracted Support Services units and the CPP High Voltage Electricians support unit. The Maintenance Department organizes and finances all groups and supporting units to maintain all systems and equipment to insure reliable operations and delivery of power to the distribution system on campus. See organizational chart. The MD is managed and lead by the Plant Engineer who also is the chairman of several working committees and is responsible for all aspects of the MD. The Plant Engineer also acts as the Plant Manager when that person is absent.

Administration (ADMIN) - The ADMIN organization provides all administrative and financial services to all the CPP groups and the Plant Managers. This includes:

  • Track FY CPP budget and reserve project expenditures. Insure that correct accounting is being followed so expenditures are accounted to correct programs. Expenditures are to follow FY model projection, Plant Operations and UPE guidelines and procedures
  • Central Power Plant ADMIN Team Leader - Coordinate all CPP ADMIN functions and services to provide administrative and secretarial support to Central Power Plant staff and Outlying Boilers. Coordinate and direct CPP ADMIN Team (ADMIN Office Staff) to maintain CPP ADMIN functions and services. Communicate to Plant Manager status of CPP ADMIN.
  • Compile and submit all Federal Government required ENERGY INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION (EIA) reports to the Department of Energy.
  • Prepare monthly and biweekly labor reports.
  • Process Payroll for CPP employees.
  • Maintain and track reserve project funding system and reports.
  • Prepare contractor and vendor expense reports and submit bi-monthly to associate director.
  • Process all Purchase Orders, Requisitions, Work Order, Positive Vouchers and other documents, which will accrue to Central Power Plant budget.
  • Standing member of Procedure Management Control Committee. This committee manages the complete Procedure Management System at the CPP encompassing 9 divisions.
  • Updates and inputs document files into the electronic Document Management System.
  • Maintain CPP Outlook vacation/leave and conference room calendars. Arrange and organize meetings.
  • Maintain hard filing system for mandated federal and state regulatory requirements.
  • Maintains following file systems: Project history, equipment history, Procedure Management system, personnel files, meeting minutes and recordings.
  • Compile and prepare bi-monthly managers highlight report to associate director.
  • Write ADMIN Division procedures of the Procedure Management system.
  • Supervise temporary administrative staff.

Operations (OPER) - The Operations group operates and controls all systems and their associated equipment to process and generate power to the four main services distributed to the Central Campus and Medical Campus on a continuous 24/7 rotating shifts. This operation produces more than 2.5 billion pounds of steam and 170,000 Megawatt hours of electricity annually. Much of the University would not be able to meet their mission and goals without the Operations group performing their task each day. The operations group must monitor over 500 operating parameters and manipulate more than 300 control devices to maintain reliable and efficient production and distribution of energy services to the customers. The operations group must also insure that the continuous operations are done within all federal, state and local environmental and safety regulations including University guidelines. These include waste water management, clean air emissions, hazardous material handling, work place safety and emergency response. A continuous training program is followed to maintain proficiency in each of these areas. The operations group is composed of 17 union operating engineers and one supervisor. The Operations Supervisor is directly responsible to act as the leader to administrate and supervises the daily functions and responsibilities of the Operations group along with other related power plant organization management functions which includes membership of standing working committees which are required for the overall management of a functioning power plant. The Operations Supervisor is also required to perform the functions of the Instrumentation Supervisor and Maintenance Supervisor in their absence.

Instrumentation and Controls (I&C) - The Instrumentation and Controls group maintains all monitoring and control equipment required to operate and monitor all aspects of the power plant. The CPP has 14,000 monitoring points and alarms within in its Distributive Control System (DCS) and 300 associated control devices. The DCS and the connected control devices together are the tools the Operations group uses to operating the CPP at its most efficient, safe mode all within regulatory requirements. Each of these are maintained, calibrated and programmed by the Instrumentation and Controls group. The University would have an immediate increase in utilities cost and regulatory violations and fines if these systems and devices where not maintained. CPP operations would have to cease if not maintained to regulatory requirements. Equipment and systems operating life expectancy would be demonstrably shortened and replacement cost would be prohibitive without proper operating parameter control. The Instrumentation and Controls group is composed of 3 union Instrument/Control Specialist and Repair persons and one supervisor. The Instrumentation Supervisor is directly responsible to act as the leader to administrate and supervises the daily functions and responsibilities of the Instrumentation and Controls group along with other related power plant organization management functions which includes membership of standing working committees which are required for the overall management of a functioning power plant. The Instrumentation Supervisor is also required to perform the functions of the Operations Supervisor and Maintenance Supervisor in their absence.

Mechanical Maintenance (MAINT) - The Mechanical Maintenance group performs 90% of all mechanical maintenance to mechanical equipment and systems which operate within the power plant. All mechanical equipment must be operated and maintained within their design specifications, ratings and expected functions within their operating systems. Plant efficiency, reliability and safety can not be sustained with out continuous maintenance evolutions and response to unexpected failures. The Mechanical Maintenance group accomplishes these requirements by following and keeping a strict Preventative Maintenance program and immediate response to unplanned corrective maintenance incidents. The maintenance of the broad spectrum of differing types of mechanical equipment within the CPP requires the theory, knowledge and proficiency of all skilled trades and their associated tools. The mechanical maintenance group has a direct impact on the reliability of services to customers and safe environment within the CPP. The Mechanical Maintenance group is composed of three union Power House Maintenance Repair persons and one supervisor. The Maintenance Supervisor is directly responsible to act as the leader to administrate and supervises the daily functions and responsibilities of the Mechanical Maintenance group along with other related power plant organization management functions which includes membership of standing working committees which are required for the overall management of a functioning power plant. The Maintenance Supervisor is also required to perform the functions of the Operations Supervisor and Instrumentation Supervisor in their absence.

Chemical (CHEM) - The Chemical group overseas all aspects of chemicals and their chemistry within the CPP operations. Chemicals are used to maintain operating parameters, treat process waste and involved with maintenance materials along with instrumentation systems. Most of these chemicals are of hazardous classification and also come under rigorous regulatory oversight. The CPP stores some of these hazardous chemicals in bulk. The CPP imports two commodities which provide the power services to the customers. First is the fuel which has the energy stored within its chemical bonds. The energy is released in the chemical reaction called oxidation (a chemical process) in the form of combustion within the boilers and gas turbines. The second commodity is water at the amount of over 156 million gallons annually. The energy released from the fuel is transferred into the water. Water in a high energy state of steam is then used to generate electricity and then distributed to campus for heating and powering air conditioning systems along with some other auxiliary services. Once the energy is used the water is returned in a low energy state of liquid. This water is found within 80% of all systems within the CPP and most control and mechanical equipment are exposed to this water. The chemical property of this water must be kept in a very narrow range of chemical make up to properly be used as energy without destroying or damaging all the equipment within the plant. The chemicals and chemistry make up of this water is monitored and managed by the Plant Chemist who makes up the Chemical group. A large amount of this water used in the processes within the plant becomes chemically hazardous waste by the nature of some processes and must be treated and disposed of as per strict regulatory requirements. This in itself is a chemical process. Federal regulations require the CPP to maintain a database of every type of chemical in the form of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for the past 30 years to track chemical exposure to employees and visitors. The CPP must maintain a MSDS database of all materials with a chemical compound which come into the plant including hand soap. This amounts to approximately 50% of all materials on an annual basis. The Plant Chemist monitors this requirement. The Plant Chemist also provides support in chemistry to all Plant Operations divisions. The Chemical group is composed of the Plant Chemist and contracted supported services. The Plant Chemist is directly responsible to manage and oversee all chemistry requirements of the CPP and oversee contracted services along with other related power plant organization management functions which includes membership of standing working committees which are required for the overall management of a functioning power plant. The Plant Chemist is also required to perform the functions of the Maintenance Supervisor and Instrumentation Supervisor in their absence.

Central Power Plant (CPP) - The Central Power Plant is directed and lead by the Plant Manager. Duties include:

  • Assist in planning and managing the administrative and operational activities of the Utilities and Plant Engineering Department, including the development and implementation of policies and procedures.
  • Develop and manage the departmental budget.
  • Manage expenditure of funds and adjust department operations within budget limitations.
  • Develop and manage maintenance programs to assure uninterrupted electrical and steam generation for University facilities.
  • Develop long and short term equipment inspection, renovation, replacement and maintenance programs; including the preparation of preliminary engineering designs, standards and cost estimates.
  • Review, modify, prepare budgets and approve plans, specifications and designs for major renovation and construction projects.
  • Maintain liaison with utility companies and local, state and federal agencies to interpret regulatory policies and guidelines and negotiate their applicability to University operations.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of operational standards and procedures and implement operational and equipment changes to optimize efficiency of energy production.
  • Direct and control work schedules.
  • Review and assign work.
  • Prepare periodic and special reports.
  • Participate in University policy, procedure and planning committees.
  • Recruit, select, evaluate and discipline supporting supervisors and staff.
  • Plan and coordinate training programs for supporting supervisors and staff.
  • Assure compliance with affirmative action and safety programs.
  • Assure compliance with environmental regulations and programs as well as other power plant related regulations.

Content modified: Aug 22, 2014