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Instrument and Control Repairperson III

University of Michigan

Job Description

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Who We Are

Utilities is a division of Facilities and Operations, made up of 135 dedicated employees responsible for providing utilities services for the university 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. Services include campus-wide utilities purchasing, generation, and distribution, as well as metering and billing energy consumption for all university buildings. Distribution includes the operations and maintenance of 300 miles of underground utility systems from outdoor lighting and high voltage circuits to water mains to tunnel piping. The division also provides a wide range of engineering services primarily dedicated to energy management, the operations and maintenance of university facilities, and the utilities infrastructure.

Why Work at Michigan?

Being part of something greater, of serving a larger mission of discovery and care — that's the heart of what drives people to work at Michigan. In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. It's adding a purpose to your profession. Work at Michigan and become a victor for the greater good.


Design, inspect, repair and maintain complex electronic and/or computerized Power Plant electronic and pneumatic control systems, boiler and turbine; steam and water heater electronic pressure and temperature control systems, boiler and turbine; steam and water flow electronic metering systems and all component and auxiliary units of those systems. Inspect, repair and maintain all Power Plant electronic controls, testing equipment and calibration of all sensing devices and distributed control systems. Trouble-shoot electronic and distributed control systems and make necessary repairs and programming modifications as required.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Inspect, design, repair and configure microprocessor and/or central distributed control computer system.
  • Disassemble units and repair or replace electronic components, instrument tubing, couplings and control devices, such as steam and water flow meters, combustion control receivers and recorders, damper controls, reducing valves and electronic based systems.
  • Assemble and install meters, gauges, controllers and other electronic or pneumatic instruments.
  • Coordinate the work of Instrument and Control Repairperson or other assigned personnel.
  • Set and tune the combustion control on boilers, drum level controls, steam temperature controls, turbine governor control, pH and pressure controls.
  • Maintain and monitor CEMS monitoring equipment.
  • Work in conjunction with Power Plant Operators, Skilled Trades employees, Outside Contractors, Engineering Groups and members of supervision to maintain the Power Plant in a safe, effective, and efficient manner. 

Related Duties:

  • Monitor plant operations and react to electronic and pneumatic instrument and control malfunctions.
  • Coordinate and participate in the inspection of electronic equipment function and manipulation of controls.
  • Recommend the startup and shut down of plant equipment.
  • Observe equipment function from control room and from the operating floor and perform periodic rounds of inspection.
  • Inspect and adjust automatic or manual equipment control mechanisms.
  • Coordinate and participate in the cleaning, inspection and routine maintenance of equipment and facilities including oiling, greasing and the repacking of leaking packing glands.
  • Report unusual or emergency situations to the appropriate operating engineer and supervisor and aid in its correction.
  • Observe fire and safety precautions.

Required Qualifications*

  • Graduation from high school or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 2-year Associates degree or 4-year BS degree from an accredited electronic trade school or other combined electronic instrument repair education and work experience (i.e. Military Training, Electronic Service Technician including four (4) years of documented I & C work experience from previous job or employers).
  • At least four (4) years experience in maritime or powerhouse control systems and satisfactory and reliable performance as an Instrument and Control Repairperson.
  • Considerable experience in the installation, maintenance and repair of electronic instruments and controls, including the operation and maintenance of computerized systems.
  • Must be able to perform the full range of duties, with or without a reasonable accommodation, in the classification in an environment that has high levels of heat and noise. This position constantly positions self to raverse under and over obstacles, ascend/descend ladders to service and repair powerhouse equipment, and routinely moves powerhouse equipment and materials weighing up to 50lbs.
  • Considerable knowledge of methods, equipment and materials used in boiler and turbine operation.
  • Considerable knowledge of the operation and maintenance requirements of high pressure boilers, turbines and related equipment.
  • Considerable knowledge of pressure, temperature and metering systems.
  • Ability to maintain operation records and charts.
  • Considerable knowledge of safety standards and procedures.
  • Ability to exercise tact and discretion in relationships with subordinates and staff.
  • Act in accordance with the Facilities and Operations' guiding principles: respect, collaboration, proactive, solutions-based and responsibility to the environment. 
  • Basic knowledge of electrical control systems and motor controls.
  • Basic knowledge of 480 volt, 220 volt, and 110 volt electrical systems.
  • Considerable knowledge of Google Suite, Microsoft Office Products (Word, Excel, etc.) and Internet Search.
  • Considerable knowledge of calibration procedures for temperature and pressure instrumentation.
  • Considerable knowledge of programming and making changes in a DCS System.
  • ISA Certified Control System Technician – Level 1.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Ability to monitor and understand boiler and turbine operations and auxiliary systems.
  • Basic understanding of building automation systems.

Work Schedule

This is a full time position, 6:30am-3:00pm, Monday-Friday, 

Additional Information

Facilities and Operations seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to sustain the excellence of the university, and to offer students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning.

Union Affiliation

This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the International Union of Operating Engineers, which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations, including one booster when eligible, are required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working remotely and temporary workers.   More information on this new policy is available on the U-M Health Response website or the UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint websites.

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