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Heating/Cooling Plant Operator I

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Feb 28, 2024

Minimum $31.00 HOURLY
Depending on Qualifications
The minimum hourly rate for this position is $31.00, but is negotiable
based on experience and qualifications.

This position offers a comprehensive benefits package, including generous paid time off, competitively priced health/dental/vision/life insurance, tax advantaged savings accounts, and participation in the nationally recognized Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) pension fund. For a summary of benefits, please see below for more information: University Staff:

Job Summary:

More about the Power Plant Operator position:
The Power Plant Operator assists in the operation, maintenance, and repair boilers and chillers of varying types and capacities, and all associated equipment along with general operations and miscellaneous work duties.

More about the Physical Plant Department and the Heating & Cooling Plant:
Physical Plant is the largest FP&M organizational unit and is responsible for the operation and maintenance of campus buildings, grounds, and utilities. Design resources, construction by the trades, and specialized facilities services are available for departmental requests and remodeling projects on a fee-for-service basis.

The Charter Street Heating & Cooling Plant and the Walnut Street Heating & Cooling Plant supply steam, chilled water, compressed air, and electricity to the UW campus, as well as to UW Hospital & Clinics, the US Forest Service Forest Products Laboratories, and the Division of Veterans Affairs VA Hospital, and some other non-campus customers. Our plant operators also coordinate with the West Campus Cogeneration facility (which produces electricity for Madison Gas and Electric customers) on steam and chilled water needs for heating and air-conditioning on campus.

More about the Division of Facilities, Planning, & Management (FP&M):
The Division of Facilities Planning & Management (FP&M) is a full-spectrum service organization that builds, maintains, and operates the physical environment of UW-Madison in support of the university's education, research, and outreach activities. We are responsible for everything from the building projects that change the face of campus to the flowers that beautify the grounds.

Responsibilities: Assists with the monitoring, operations, adjustments, maintenance, and repair for a variety of technical equipment for the campus Heating and Cooling plants to supply the campus with critical services.
  • 35% Ensures the safe and efficient operation of the plant and its associated equipment
  • 10% Makes regular inspections of plant equipment and prepares equipment malfunction reports
  • 5% Cleans and maintains work areas and equipment
  • 10% Starts, stops, and adjusts equipment settings to maintain operational requirements
  • 10% Maintains forms, logs, or reports
  • 5% Assists with preventative and corrective maintenance as needed
  • 5% Adheres to safety protocols and procedures
  • 5% Complies with environmental protection protocols and procedures
  • 10% Works under direct supervision while on shift operations
  • 5% Communicates to/with plant personnel to ensure operational and safety objectives are met
Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


Working knowledge of the following preferred:
-Basic knowledge of boiler operation, valves, pumps, compressors, fans, and piping systems, and mechanical aptitude including the use of common hand tools.
-Driver's License


Drivers License - Valid and Meets UW Risk Management Standards

Work Schedule:

This position has a rotating schedule including nights, weekends and holidays.

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:


Additional Information:

A criminal background check will be conducted on all finalists.

Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of your appointment, and maintain eligibility without sponsorship throughout your appointment.

We are committed to reducing bias in the recruitment process and utilize a redacted application process, which is the practice of removing personally identifiable information from application materials, before the screening of applicants begins. This may include, but is not limited to, name, gender, age, education, address, dates (such as graduation dates), photos, references, links to personal webpages, supervisor names, and/or citizenship.

How to Apply:

In Facilities Planning & Management Division, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace.

To begin the application process, click the "" button. Please submit a resume and cover letter. In your application materials, detail your experience as it pertains to this position.

Your cover letter or resume is the ideal place for you to share how your qualifications and experience will translate to this position and showcase your unique talents.

We also require contact information for three professional references that will be asked to fill out in your application materials. These references will not be contacted without first consultation with applicant.


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Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Heat/Cool Plant Operator I(FP098)



Employment Class:

University Staff-Ongoing

Job Number:


The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, including but not limited to, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, or status as a protected veteran and other bases as defined by federal regulations and UW System policies. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department .

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