Heating Plant Operator

Dartmouth College
New Hampshire, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jan 11, 2023

Position Details

Position Information

Posting date


Closing date

Open Until Filled


Position Number


Position Title

Heating Plant Operator

Department this Position Reports to

Engineering Office

Hiring Range Minimum


Hiring Range Maximum


SEIU Level


FLSA Status


Employment Category

Regular Full Time

Scheduled Months per Year


Scheduled Hours per Week



Schedule: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday 23.30-07.36

Location of Position

Hanover, NH
McKenzie Hall
6 Vox Row

Remote Work Eligibility?

Onsite only

Is this a term position?


If yes, length of term in months.

Is this a grant funded position?


Position Purpose

The Heating Plant provides heating steam and co-generates electricity on a 24 hour basis for all of the College’s GPO and ORL buildings. The Plant Operator is responsible for the operation of the Plant’s electrical generators and electrical distribution system, emergency diesel generator, and turbine auxiliaries. Is responsible for the oversight of all plant equipment and systems including the flow of steam and electric out of the Heating plant.. He/she is also responsible for: responding to telephone requests for after-hours assistance from members of the College community; maintaining the station log book and communicating information to appropriate Plant and/or FO&M personnel. Monitors and reports fire alarms. Monitors and responds to computer energy management system alarms. Alerts appropriate FO&M personnel to equipment malfunctions and emergencies.


Required Qualifications - Education and Yrs Exp

High School plus 5+ years' experience or equivalent combination of education and experience

Required Qualifications - Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
  • Five years of relevant power plant maintenance and boiler operations experience; or post-secondary technical school degree in power plant operation; or the equivalent.
  • Ability to pass an annual hearing test and willingness to partake in a hearing conservation program.
  • High school graduate or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Working knowledge of and skill in the operation of high pressure steam boilers, turbine generators, and high voltage electrical distribution systems.
  • Successful completion of plant operator training guidelines.
  • Knowledge of facility operating permits and emissions limits in order to maintain compliance with federal and state regulations.
  • Must be computer literate and proficient in current methods of computer-automated boiler control.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and to communicate effectively with a wide variety of College personnel.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions and flow diagrams.
  • Must demonstrate sound judgment and good problem-solving skills.
  • Must be in good physical condition, able to perform strenuous physical labor under extreme high temperature conditions, and able to work on ladders.
  • Willingness to work shift hours as assigned and to work overtime when required.
  • Must have successfully completed the following training prior to performing work to which the training relates:
Hazardous Waste Storage and Handling
Spill Prevention Controls and Countermeasures
Driver Safety
Hazard Communication
Respirator Training, Fit, and Physical Examination
Working in confined spaces

Department Contact for Recruitment Inquiries

Admin HR Services

Department Contact Phone Number

Department Contact for Cover Letter and Title

William D Riehl

Department Contact's Phone Number

Equal Opportunity Employer

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

Background Check

Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to Dartmouth College. A criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Is driving a vehicle (e.g. Dartmouth vehicle or off road vehicle, rental car, personal car) an essential function of this job?

Preferred, but not required

Special Instructions to Applicants

All Dartmouth College employees, whether working on-site or remotely, are required to be up to date with vaccination against COVID -19 (or to have received an approved exemption from vaccination through the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity). Please visit https://dartgo.org/vaxpolicy for details. Compliance with this requirement is a condition of employment. Failure to meet this condition of employment within the first 30 days may result in Dartmouth in its sole discretion ending employment.

Dartmouth College has a Tobacco-Free Policy. Smoking and the use of tobacco-based products (including smokeless tobacco) are prohibited in all facilities, grounds, vehicles or other areas owned, operated or occupied by Dartmouth College with no exceptions. For details, please see our policy. https://policies.dartmouth.edu/policy/tobacco-free-policy

Additional Instructions

Schedule: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday 23.30-07.36

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Key Accountabilities


  • Starts, stops and operates equipment according to proper procedures and safety guidelines.
  • Monitors overall plant operation using the Bailey Distributed Control System, local gages and panel meters.
  • Ensures facility compliance with operating permits, facility emissions limits and operating procedures.
  • Responds to after-hours telephone requests for assistance from members of the College community.
  • Monitors and reports problems associated with the campus energy management computer and report fire alarms through the digitize system.
  • Maintains a regular cleaning station as assigned and performs basic maintenance tasks; e.g., replacing status indicating lights.
  • Maintains turbine room log and makes event entries in station log book.
  • Records all relay trips during electrical outages for review by supervisory personnel.
  • Routinely inspects equipment and writes work orders for items needing repair
Percentage Of Time



Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness through actions, interactions, and communications with others.


Performs other duties as assigned
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