Plant Operations

Scott Kiroff, Manager, Plant Operations

The Manager of Plant Operations maintains a current list of all equipment on campus that requires regular and periodic maintenance.  

The following shops are part of Plant Operations: Boiler Operators and  Skilled Trades

Plant Operations

Plant Operations is responsible for the Physical Plant assets and Building Systems at the University of Michigan–Dearborn.  Plant Operations installs, maintains, operates, and repairs Physical Plant assets.  These assets include underground utilities such as water, sewer, natural gas, steam, and electricity.  In addition, Plant Operations maintains, operates, and repairs Building Systems which include building heating and cooling systems, building plumbing and sewer systems, and building hot water systems. Plant Operations ensures elevators, fire detection systems, and fire pump systems are properly maintained.  

Boiler Operations

Large Boiler

Plant Operations employs four (4) licensed Boiler and Refrigeration Operators.  They are responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the campus Central Steam Heating Plant which serves 12 buildings supplying steam for heating and domestic hot water. 

The Lead Boiler Operator is responsible for coordinating all work schedules, ensuring proper distribution of work among the operators, coordinates annual State of Michigan internal boiler inspections, and coordinates and monitors chemical treatment of boiler water. 

Boiler Operators on a daily basis inspect 100% of campus mechanical rooms and log operating conditions and note problems alerting other trades to equipment problems.  They respond to HVAC computerized control system alarms and perform equipment scheduling.  Boiler Operators perform annual boiler overhauls and maintain detailed operating logs for the central plant.  After hours Boiler Operators are first responders, along with DPS, to everything from power problems to leaks to fire alarms.  They also take daily and monthly meter readings, throughout all of campus,  for electrical, natural gas, condensate return, etc.

Electrical Shop

SLRC at nighttime.

The campus electricians operate and maintain building fire alarm systems, lab gas detection systems, on site permanent and portable electrical generators, and exterior and interior lighting systems.  Campus electricians also operate and maintain building electrical substations, switchgear, power panels, electrical outlets, wiring, and light switches.  In addition, the electricians maintain the campus high voltage electrical distribution system, campus security systems, and assist all trades with electrical troubleshooting, maintenance, repair, and installation of electrical consuming equipment.

Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning Shop (“HVAC”)

Inside CASL lobby

This shop consists of six (6) specialists who operate, maintain, and repair the following:

  • Rooftop heating and cooling units of all types
  • Building air distributions systems
  • Large and small chilled water cooling and pumping systems
  • Critical air conditioning systems
  • Refrigerant recovery, replacement, and monitoring
  • Compressed air systems
  • Controlled environment chambers
  • Ice Arena ice production equipment
  • Building electrical, pneumatic and digital control systems
  • Cooling tower start up, shut down and maintenance
  • Humidification and dehumidification systems
  • Walk in coolers and freezers

Plumbing Shop

2 sinks

The Plumbing Shop installs, repairs, and maintains:

  • Hot and cold water piping systems
  • High purity water systems
  • Natural and lab gas systems
  • Water conditioning 
  • Hot and cold water pumping systems
  • Pipe system filters.  
  • Sewer piping, including cast iron, glass, acid resistant, PVC and CPVC, etc.  
  • Maintains, installs, and repairs fixtures, sinks, faucets, drinking fountains/bottle fillers
  • Back flow prevention devices
  • Underground sewer systems, sewage pumping stations

Steamfitter Shop

The campus Steamfitting Shop:

  • Maintains and repairs steam distribution
  • Condensate pumps and steam traps. 
  • Repairs and maintains hot water heating systems
  • Valves, strainers, pumps, seals, gaskets, and flanges.