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Power Plant Operator I

Bill C
Meet William! William is a Power Plant Operator I for Medxcel. In his role William is responsible for maintaining the safety and proper operation of the power plant and associated control structures. He and his team operate, maintain, and adjust boilers, furnaces, engines, pumps, heat exchangers, generators, motors, chillers, cooling towers, heating equipment, lighting, and ventilation and air conditioning equipment within their assigned facilities.  William is responsible for periodically inspecting equipment and making minor repairs as needed. He performs preventive maintenance, takes responsible charge of a watch, reads meters, gauges, and other recording devices, logging the appropriate data for recording keeping and report production. He also inspects low pressure boilers in accordance with a unified inspection procedure.
 
“The reason we’re all here is to provide a comfortable, caring place for patients to come to be healed. The patient is at the heart of everything we do.”
 

What are your day-to-day responsibilities?

I start each day by doing plants rounds and taking readings of boilers, chillers, air compressors and med gas systems. After rounds we monitor the power plant and respond to heating and cooling issues throughout the hospital as they arise. I’m also responsible for periodic inspections and preventive maintenance tasks in addition to performing requested repairs.
 

How did you arrive in this role?

I started out working in the HVAC department and occasionally I filled in to help cover for some of the Power Plant Operators when they were on vacation. I discovered that I really enjoyed the Power Plant Operator work so when a position opened up on the team I applied and took it.
 

What is the best part of your job?

I love my job and it is satisfying to know that by providing these necessary services to the hospital, I help to keep our patients comfortable during their stay with us. The reason we’re all here is to provide a comfortable, caring place for patients to come to be healed. The patient is at the heart of everything we do.
 

Which of Medxcel’s Core Values is most important to you?

I believe Dedication is the Core Value that is most important to my role.  Our facility requires 24-hour coverage of all power plant systems.  Without the dedication of the Medxcel team, the hospital would not be able to function.
 

What is the most interesting thing that’s happened to you during the course of your work at Medxcel?

When I worked in the HVAC department, I really enjoyed the challenges I experienced working and troubleshooting issues in a portion of the campus that was built in 1908. Working a building well over a hundred years old was a challenge but always interesting and a learning experience.
 

Is there something you’ve learned in your role that you didn’t expect?

When I moved from my job as an HVAC Tech to the Power Plant, I was excited but thought I might really miss HVAC. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the challenge of my new role. Providing services to a campus as large as ours presents a never-ending series of challenges, which keeps me on my toes, keep things interesting, and drives me to continue to learn and grow.
 

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