Thermal - Production Manager

Minneapolis, MN, USA Req #82
Friday, November 11, 2022


Reporting to the Plant Manager, the Production Manager is responsible for Instrumentation and Controls (I&C) systems at Energy Center Minneapolis district energy plants.Ensures safe, reliable, and efficient maintenance/calibration of plant instruments/meters and customer revenue meters.Manages a combination of union craft and lead I&C and contractor personnel.

This position will be based in our Main Plant.

Principle Responsibilities/Key Results Areas

Instrumentation and Control Leadership

·Leads the day-to-day performance and coordination of plant I&C activities; directly supervises I&C staff and oversees I&C work order prioritization, planning, and scheduling functions; develops appropriate shifts, schedules, and staffing.

·Provides leadership to I&C staff; promotes strong safety culture, achieves effective and cost-conscious maintenance of thermal plants. Requires interpretation/review of technical documentation and equipment maintenance history; ensures best practices are incorporated into maintenance activities.

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

·Leads resolution of urgent plant issues; this may involve working extended hours, night shifts, and weekends.

Plant Leadership

·Serves as a member of plant leadership team and is capable of acting Plant Manager or filling in for other department managers.

·Promotes productivity and teamwork between departments through open communication, timely decision making and high standards.Supports and emphasizes importance of safety, environmental programs, and ensures regulatory compliance.

·Generates daily and monthly plant production reports; monitors, trends, and interprets plant and customer data; identifies plant performance and customer issues for resolution. Supports monthly customer billing of district energy customers.

·Conducts and participates in plant optimization, energy efficiency, feasibility studies, and system expansion studies. Collateral duties and special projects as assigned, including customer relations, business development, and engineering activities.

Project Management

·Responsible for managing plant projects exceeding $1M – determines priority, cost, manpower and time estimates; ensures compliance with engineering guidelines, specifications, industry codes and standards, and regulatory requirements.

·Determines priority, cost, manpower and time estimates, re-evaluating estimates to reflect changing job requirements and preparing job sequence requirements for projects.

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


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

Experience & Education

·Minimum of five (5) years’ experience in plant operations, maintenance, or engineering

·Minimum five (5) years’ experience in plant instrumentation and controls

·Valid state driver’s license

·Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering from ABET accredited university is preferred

·Previous leadership in a plant environment and/or formal leadership training is preferred

·Professional Engineer license in State of Minnesota is preferred

·Five (5) years’ experience with OSI PI (or similar software) in plant environment is preferred

·Five (5) years’ experience with SAP or similar enterprise software is preferred

·Completion of formal steam plant operations training, licensure, or certification program is preferred

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions









Reaching – with Arms and Hands


Lifting – 1-25 lbs

Lifting – 25-50 lbs

Lifting – 50+ lbs




Vision – Close, Peripheral, Depth, Ability to Adjust Focus

Working Conditions

·Normal plant environment and/or out of doors work environment.Includes working at heights, high/low ambient temperatures and high humidity areas at generating unit work locations

·Requires operation of a motor vehicle; Valid State Driver’s License

·Regular extended and non-standard hours during critical issue resolution and to achieve project milestones

·Occasional travel to Corporate locations and other company plants

·Requires wearing personal protective safety equipment (respirators, safety glasses, hard hat, appropriate footwear, ear plugs, fall protection etc.)

·Requires working around rotating and energized equipment, hazardous materials, and chemicals

·Requires operation of a personal computer

Other details

  • Job Family Manager
  • Pay Type Salary
Location on Google Maps
  • Minneapolis, MN, USA