Pros: good pay and benefits
Cons: rotating shift work
A typical day at work included ensuring the electric service, water service, sewage service and natural gas service stayed on line and functional. I operated and maintained 3 250 hp Scotch Marine Fire Tube Boilers, I also operated a 500hp Hurst Biomass Boiler. I worked with my supervisor to ensure all the utilities were operational to three federal prison buildings on our site.
I learned numerous skills electrical troubleshooting high pressure boiler controls, troubleshooting 500 ton Trane centrifugal chillers for air conditioning in the main facility. How to operate maintain and repair two Cummins 750kw emergency generators and to manually switch the transfer switch from Georgia Power to the generators during electrical power failures. I operated, maintained, and repaired three sewage lift stations to provide continual sewage flow to the three facilities on site.
I worked in the Powerhouse with four other supervisors who for the most part got along and cooperated to keep the facility operating at peak efficiency. We operated the powerhouse 24 hours a day / 7 days a week / 365 days a year.
The hardest part of the job was continually striving to keep unwilling inmate workers motivated to complete tasks.
The most enjoyable part of the job was impromptu cookouts and fish fries that my boss would organize during lunch some days. It was a real morale booster for all the staff in the Facilities Department.