Thermal - Steam Distribution Manager

Pittsburgh, PA, USA Req #21
Thursday, June 23, 2022
Reporting to the Plant Manager, the Distribution Supervisor is responsible for district heating, electric, and cooling distribution systems at Energy Center Pittsburgh district energy systems. Ensures safe, reliable, and efficient operation and maintenance of distribution system. Manages a combination of Distribution Technicians, lead, and contractor personnel. This position will be based at our North Shore Plant.

Principle Responsibilities 

       Leads the day-to-day performance and coordination of plant distribution department activities; directly supervises distribution engineers and oversees distribution system work order prioritization, planning, and scheduling functions; develops appropriate shifts, schedules, and staffing to control costs and maintain plant and distribution system reliability.

       Provides leadership to distribution staff; promotes strong safety culture and achieves effective and cost-conscious maintenance of thermal plants and distribution system.

       Serves as a member of plant leadership team and is capable filling in for other department managers/Supervisors (Operations, Maintenance, and I&C).

       Oversees the selection and use of contractors and vendors to perform plant work in accordance with company policy.

       Promotes productivity and teamwork between Maintenance, I&C, Engineering, Distribution, and Operations through open communication, timely decision making and high standards.

       Responsible for ensuring required labor, supplies, materials, parts, and special tools and/or equipment required to perform distribution system work are coordinated appropriately.

       Requires interpretation/review of technical manuals, sketches, prints, instructions, manufacturer’s data, and plant equipment maintenance history; ensures best maintenance practices are incorporated into all maintenance activities.

       Provides regular feedback to employees on their performance to allow them to capitalize on their strengths and focus on opportunities for improvement.

       Ensures development and implementation of department goals, objectives, and initiatives.

       Supports and emphasizes importance of safety and environmental programs and ensures regulatory compliance.

       Supports monthly customer metering/billing of district energy customers; assists with customer demand setting.

       Troubleshoots distribution system issues by working with all levels of personnel including operators, mechanics, managers, engineers, etc; devises new and innovative approaches to solve problems.

       Develops written corrective and preventative work orders and schedules for the plant in accordance with plant operational priorities; may involve supervision of maintenance planners.

       Responsible for managing distribution projects in excess of $1M – determines priority, cost, manpower and time estimates; ensures compliance with applicable engineering guidelines and specifications, industry codes and standards, and regulatory requirements.

       Establishes and validates estimates for recurring maintenance work using past history, supervisory, and craftsman knowledge. Confers with representatives of equipment manufacturers on matters concerning the servicing, assembly, or maintenance of equipment.

       Accumulates and analyzes data on actual versus estimated time, equipment, and manpower requirements.

       Recommends improved practices, methods, and procedures to increase efficiency, quality, and reduce equipment downtime.

       Determines priority, cost, manpower and time estimates, re-evaluating estimates to reflect changing job requirements and preparing job sequence requirements for major plant projects and for specific maintenance work. 

       Responsible for field coordination between contractors, consultants, and material suppliers on assigned projects.

       Leads resolution of urgent plant issues; this may at times involve working extended hours and night shift hours and/or weekends.

       Responsible for the implementation of work management policies and procedures.

       Collateral duties and special projects as assigned, including customer relations and government relations.

       Communicates and leads in accordance with company vision and core values

       Supports station safety, maintenance performance, root cause analysis, condition-based monitoring, and proactive maintenance initiatives.

       Occasional support of emergent/urgent plant issues; this may at times involve working night shift hours and/or weekends, on call 24/7.

       Maintains historical database/reduction of maintenance backlog and equipment history in ERP system.

       Communicates with vendors and clients to request/receive information and to expedite the approval of documents and the delivery of materials.

       Completes necessary tasks to establish and maintain appropriate inventory; identify, research, and correct inventory data discrepancies.

       Be the champion for safety concerns and support station issues to ensure compliance with fleet initiatives.

       Responsible for all distribution system engineering, operations and maintenance document control, and record keeping. Including proper hard copy and electronic storage of all records, organization, and accuracy thereof.

       Ensures inspection, maintenance, and readiness of all local fleet distribution vehicles, tractors, trailers, and other equipment.

       Creates work orders, purchase orders, approves invoices, utilizing company ERP, work management, and procurement systems, and other company programs and policies.

       Provides reports in Intelex and other as required.

       Maintains all documentation as required by PUC, in conformance and adherence to PUC policy. Prepares for and participates in PUC and/or other agency requests, audits, and inspections.

       Actively participates in growth initiatives and expansions.

       Supports facility operations and maintenance as needed or requested.

Knowledge & Skills

       Strong leadership ability

       Excellent communications skills including written, verbal, and motivational

       Ability and willingness to lead and train coworkers to fully realize maximum team potential

       Ability to coordinate numerous activities under stress with poise, safely and successfully

       Possess an excellent working knowledge of operations and maintenance for efficient and effective production

       Strong background in MS Office suite applications especially Excel.

       Awareness of project scheduling software

       Ability to develop work plans and maintenance schedules

       Knowledge of district energy systems


Other details

  • Job Family Manager
  • Pay Type Salary
  • Min Hiring Rate $85,000.00
  • Max Hiring Rate $100,000.00
Location on Google Maps
  • Pittsburgh, PA, USA