Power Plant Operator - Senior/Relief/Maintenance

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Apr 09, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Working Title: Power Plant Operator - Senior/Relief/Maintenance Official Title: Power Plant Operator - Senior Employment Class: University Staff FTE: 1.0 Compensation: $19.69 - $23.11 FLSA Status: Non-exempt Terms of Employment: Continuous Position Summary:

This position’s primary responsibility is to assist in the daily maintenance of the boilers and chillers and their auxiliary equipment.

Secondary responsibility is relief of Operator Seniors that are in “leave” status.

In maintenance capacity, this position works in conjunction with the Power Plant Operator In-Charge in the minor and major plant maintenance as needed.

While in relief of Operators on leave, this position is responsible for the safe operation and maintenance of Heating/Chiller equipment, records management, plant safety and security.

Must pass a pre-work screen to ensure the ability to perform essential physical functions of the position.


50% Maintenance and Repair

a) Perform preventative maintenance on boiler/chiller equipment and auxiliaries as assigned. b) Perform maintenance/repair on boiler/chiller equipment and auxiliaries as directed by the Power Plant In-Charge or Superintendent. c) Perform maintenance/repair on buildings.

40% Operation and Maintenance of Boilers/Chillers and Auxiliary Equipment.

a) Operate gas/fuel oil fired boilers and auxiliary equipment safely and efficiently. b) Operate centrifugal electric chillers and cooling towers. c) Record hourly readings of critical plant functions and electronic and pneumatic controls. d) Test safety devices on equipment as required. e) Operate and maintain pumps, air compressors and motors as needed. f) Make minor repairs of equipment while on shift.

5% Testing and Treatment of Heating/Chilling Plant Waters.

a) Test and record water quality in boilers, chillers, softeners, reverse osmosis system and condensate return. b) Add chemicals and blow down water systems to maintain water quality within parameter limits. c) Regenerate softeners as needed to insure quality water.

5% Records, Reports, Safety and Security, Other Duties.

a) Accurately read and record all required plant gauges, controls and meters. b) Record all operational conditions of the shift in the “Plant Operations Log”. c) Frequently inspect the plant for abnormal conditions; including fire, steam or water leaks and intrusion onto plant property. d) Perform other duties assigned.

Qualifications Required:

• Willingness and adaptability to work under unpleasant conditions such as extreme noise, dusty or dirty areas, extreme heat and cold, in wet areas and confined spaces is required.

• Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds, with or without accommodation.

• This position is part of the 24/7 plant coverage and may be assigned to various shifts including a rotating schedule that includes day, nights, afternoons, and most weekends and holidays.
• Experience in the maintenance, repair, and operation of central heating and power plant equipment, including a high degree of mechanical aptitude, such as skill in making repairs and adjustments on all power plant equipment.

• Experience in the operation of various power tools, hand tools, and testing equipment used in the mechanical and electrical maintenance field.

• Knowledge of the operation of computer steam flow meters, water meters, pressure gauges, temperature gauges, automatic controls, water pumps, chemical pumps, and related equipment.

• Knowledge of feed water heaters, feed water pumps, condensate pumps and forced draft fans, of generating equipment and of water testing and water softening.

• Knowledge of procedures for lockout-tag out, of the safe operation and maintenance of gas and oil fired steam boilers, of steam flow meters, water meters, pressure gauges, temperature gauges, automatic boiler controls, and their related equipment and the operation and use of safety devices are required, as well as ability to learn and properly apply methods and techniques for the correct and safe performance of fairly complex physical and mechanical tasks and materials handling operations.

• Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


• Skill in record-keeping, communication, teamwork, and interpersonal skills.

• Experience operating forklifts, tractors, end loaders, and/or similar equipment.

• ASOPE (American Society of Power Engineers) Power Plant Operating Engineer 3rd Class or NIUPE (National Institute for the Uniform Licensing of Power Engineers) PPOE 3rd Class or FOE (Facilities Operating Engineer).

To Apply:

Applicants must submit the following documents using the online application:

Resume and contact information for 3 professional references.

For questions regarding your application and additional options to apply, contact Human Resources at recruitment@uwosh.edu or 920-424-1166.

The University of Wisconsin System is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change in 2021. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit: wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/title-and-total-compensation-study/ .

Application Deadline:

TO ENSURE CONSIDERATION: Applications received by May 9, 2021, are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. Application materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process. Incomplete and/or late application materials may not receive consideration.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment, or if you are not able to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact the Office of Human Resources.

Legal Notices:

AA/EO Statement
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UWO) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. We strongly encourage women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans to apply. UWO, in compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.

DEI Statement
Diversity drives innovation, creativity, and progress. At the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, the culture, identities, life experiences, unique abilities, and talents of every individual contribute to the foundation of our success. Creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable environment is of paramount importance to us. This pursuit prepares all of us to be global citizens who will contribute to the betterment of the world. We are committed to a university culture that provides everyone with the opportunity to thrive.

Reasonable Accommodations
UWO provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual with a disability. If you need assistance or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact afaction@uwosh.edu or 920-424-1166. This job announcement and other material on this site will be made available in alternate formats upon request to an individual with a disability.

Confidentiality of Applicant Materials
UWO is a State agency and subject to Wisconsin's Open Records Law. UWO will not, however, reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing except as may be required by Wisconsin's Open Records law. In certain circumstances, the identities of "final candidates" and/or the identity of the appointed applicant must be revealed upon request.

CBC & Reference Check Policy
All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a criminal background check, work authorization, and verification of education. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

Work Authorization
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term.

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