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Central Plant/Utility Infrastructure Project Manager

Job Description


Provides day-to-day management, oversight, and guidance over design and construction projects involving central utility plants, power generation (combined heat & power), chiller plants, boiler plants, hydronic systems, and related facilities; insures the operational integrity and regulatory compliance of central plants and utility systems throughout the District.

Typical Duties

Manages design, construction, and utilization projects and studies involving central utility plants (CUP), power generation (combined heat & power; CHP), chiller plants, boiler plants, and hydronic systems from inception to completion.

Assesses the feasibility of proposed central plant and utilities projects using a variety of research and data collection approaches including meetings with District project sponsors, stakeholders, and subject matter experts.

Defines the high-level scope of projects based on business considerations, compliance requirements, and sponsor expectations; identifies and documents risks, assumptions, and constraints based on environment, historical data, and expert judgment; writes the project charter and related documents.

Prepares applications for projects and submits project information for review and/or approval to the Board of Trustees, California Community Colleges Chancellors Office, Division of the State Architect, and others.

Provides documents and communicates details, technical project descriptions, and specifications to contract architects, engineers, and outside contractors and vendors; provides on-going technical direction to architects, engineers, contractors, and outside vendors on assigned projects.

Provides ongoing management of construction/renovation projects involving central plants, utilities, and related systems by developing plans and processes for the management of project budgets, schedules, procurement of goods and services, communication, quality assurance, change orders, and risk and issue identification and resolution.

Coordinates projects with ongoing or proposed major maintenance programs, equipment needs, land acquisition, project design, contract solicitation, project inspection, and the Division of the State Architect.

Communicates with college administration throughout planning and construction phases to provide information on project operations and progress and to receive input on the plans, schedules, interests, and concerns of the college regarding the project.

Meets with college maintenance and operations staff to confer on matters that may impact their ability to effectively maintain and operate the facility under construction.

Monitors the entry and accuracy of data input into the District's computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) for assigned projects.

Secures final acceptance of assigned projects including all financial, legal, and administrative closure documents and approvals.

Prepares and archives all project documents and materials to insure project and as-built knowledge and history, compliance with statutory requirements, and accessibility for future projects and audits.

Develops models, methods, and metrics to track and report on central plant and equipment performance; monitors and analyzes central plant and utilities equipment performance; recommends the repair and replacement of aging and low performing systems and equipment; provides technical guidance on repairs and operation.

Leads, trains, mentors, motivates, and evaluates team member and staff performance.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics

A Central Plant/Utility Infrastructure Project Manager provides day-to-day management, oversight, and guidance over design and construction projects involving central utility plants, power generation (combined heat & power), chiller plants, boiler plants, hydronic systems, and related facilities; insures the operational integrity and regulatory compliance of central plants and utility systems throughout the District.

A Facilities Project Manager participates with and represents college and District staff in the development and administration of plans for assigned college building construction and remodeling projects; technically reviews and submits project plans and applications to the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office for approval; develops project budgets and fiscal controls and approves expenditures; coordinates the implementation of approved projects with various District, state, and local jurisdictions; and maintains liaison with campus and District administration throughout project development and construction.

A Director of Facilities Planning and Development assists the Chief Facilities Executive in the overall administration of the business affairs of the department and assumes responsibility for the Chief Facilities Executive in the event of his/her absence or in the exercise of delegated responsibilities and authorities.


General supervision is received from the Director of Facilities Planning and Development. Functional supervision is exercised over outside architects, engineers, contractors and vendors. Immediate supervision is exercised over professional, technical, and clerical staff assigned to the unit.

Class Qualifications

Knowledge of:

Engineering principles and practices related to power plant and utility distribution systems

Principles of project management including business case development, project selection criteria, stakeholder identification techniques, and risk identification and assessment

Relevant State and local building codes and regulations and review procedures

Industrial and cogeneration power plant systems and equipment such as boilers, gas turbines, steam turbines, fuel cells, chillers, pumps, fans, valving, and piping systems

Performance, environmental compliance, and safety requirements related to power plant and utility distribution systems and operations

Implementation and operation of central plant and utility enterprise information management systems

Principles of budgetary planning and management including cost-benefit analysis

Principles of construction scheduling

Project review/approval processes

Change management techniques

Close out requirements and processes

Reporting requirements, techniques, and systems applicable to central plan and utility system operations

Ability to:

Lead complex and/or unique central plant and utilities projects of broad scope with high District or functional priority

Effectively structure, integrate, and control all aspects of a project including initiation, planning, execution, monitoring, controlling, and closing

Manage a team of professionals in construction, engineering, and architecture disciplines

Maintain focus and quality under distracting working conditions and high workload

Manage project budget and expenses in a manner consistent with achieving project quality, schedules, and levels of service

Understand audit and oversight functions and the impact of quality assurance reviews and inspection

Read and interpret architectural plans and specifications

Prepare clear, concise, and effective oral and written communications, reports, and presentations

Effectively collaborate with external regulatory, governmental, and business or customer groups

Effectively communicate with architects, consultants, contractors, and District management and staff

Effectively utilize computer equipment, software, and hardware in the performance of duties

Travel to locations, meetings, and venues throughout the District

Entrance Qualifications

Education and Experience:

A bachelors degree from a recognized college or university with a major in mechanical, electrical, or controls engineering, or a related field. Possession and maintenance of a Professional Engineer (PE) license and certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP) are desirable AND three years of full-time paid professional-level experience in planning or managing the construction of central utility plants, power generation (combined heat & power), chiller plants, boiler plants, hydronic systems, and similar design and construction projects. Experience with the planning and construction of educational facilities is highly desirable. 


A Valid Class "C" California driver's license must be obtained within 10 days of establishing residency on the State of California.

Travel to locations throughout the District is required. 


  • Medical and dental insurance and vision care plans are provided for employees and their dependents.
  • A $50,000 life insurance policy is provided free of charge for each employee.
  • New employees receive 12 full-pay days and 88 half-pay days of illness leave.
  • At least 15 paid holidays per year.
  • Vacation days accrue annually beginning at 10 days and increasing incrementally to 24 days depending on years of service with the District. Vacation days for management and confidential positions begin at 15, 20, or 24 days.
  • Other paid time off includes: bereavement leave, personal necessity leave, court subpoena, and jury duty.
  • Employees become members of the Public Employees Retirement System. Employees are also covered by Social Security.
  • Employee Assistance Program

Selection Process

The examination process may consist of one or more parts which may include a training and experience evaluation, written test, performance test and/or oral interview.

Reasonable Accommodations

Our class specification generally describes the duties, responsibilities, and requirements characteristic of the position(s) within this job class. The duties, responsibilities, and requirements of a particular position within this class may vary from the duties of other positions within the class.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Los Angeles Community College District provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with covered disabilities on a case-by-case basis throughout the application, examination, and hiring processes and throughout employment. If an individual is in doubt about his or her ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of a position or possession of any other requirement noted in a class specification or job announcement, he or she should always apply for a position and request reasonable accommodation at the appropriate time.


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