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Operating Engineer

St. Olaf College
Minnesota, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Apr 4, 2024

Job Details

Operating Engineer


Position Title: Operating Engineer

Department: Facilities

Reports To: Chief Engineer, Heating Plant

Classification: Non-Exempt

FTE: 1.0

Essential Job Duties:
  • Perform safe and effective operation and maintenance of steam plant and chillers
  • Manage the operation of steam plant and conditioning chiller systems according to law through the usage of a computer-based control system
  • Perform routine maintenance on all operating equipment in the heating plant and tunnels
  • Rebuild steam traps and pressure-reducing station pilot valves, and replace pump seals
  • During chiller operation, sweep tower cells, and climb a ladder to inspect the hot deck of the tower
  • During winter operations, assist in boiler conversion from natural gas to #2 fuel oil as required during curtailment periods
  • Complete water tests
  • Recharge chemical tanks
  • Complete operating logs and chemical testing on boilers, chillers, condensate systems, chilled loops, and Reverse Osmosis (RO) system
  • Maintain boiler room physical condition: paint, sweep, mop, etc.
  • Conduct heating plant inspection
  • Inspect Equipment on a regular and continuous basis
  • Assist in annual boiler and chiller inspections
  • Update relieving engineer of changes in plant status
  • Notify the Chief Engineer of significant changes
  • Record operating data
  • Communicate the status of all equipment and duties performed in the Engineers Log Book and communicate this information to the oncoming/offgoing Operating Engineer
  • Transfer all needed data to new log sheets
  • Report equipment failure and changes in machinery status
  • Monitor Energy Management Systems (EMS)
  • Monitor EMS Computer
  • Direct any alarms to the proper department
  • Support, respect, and commit to embracing diverse backgrounds, values, and points of view to build a strong and inclusive community
  • Complete and meet deadlines for required training and performance management cycle
  • Basic skills in using standard office equipment and computer applications, including email, word processing, spreadsheet, and database, or willingness to learn
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Work Schedule:

Term: Year-round

Shift: Varies; 40 hours per week, Monday through Sunday, shift assigned by Chief Engineer with occasional overtime as needed; this position is on-call for emergencies outside of regular working hours; travel to seminars up to 2-4 sessions per year as directed by the supervisor

Required Qualifications:

Education: High school diploma or equivalent; First Class B Stationary Engineer License

Experience: 3+ years of work experience with boiler operation and maintenance

Preferred Qualifications:

Education: First Class A Operating Engineer License

Experience: Prior experience with a variety of power and hand tools


Employment in this position is conditioned upon successful completion of a background check, which may include criminal background checks, reference checks, verification of work history, verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, a motor vehicle check, verification of DOT certification, a credit check, employment eligibility verification, and/or a pre-employment physical. Whether a background check is deemed successfully completed will be at the sole discretion of St. Olaf College. Please note, St. Olaf College reserves the right to conduct periodic background checks at its sole discretion.


This job description is for general information purposes. It is not intended to list all duties and responsibilities of the position. This job description is subject to change at any time by St. Olaf College, with or without prior notice.

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St. Olaf College

One of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, St. Olaf serves 3,000 students, ranks #1 among U.S. colleges for the number of students studying abroad, and celebrates carbon-free electrical power.  Its mission is to challenge students to excel in the liberal arts, examine faith and values, and explore meaningful vocation in an inclusive, globally engaged community nourished by Lutheran tradition.  The college is located on a picturesque 300-acre campus in Northfield, Minnesota, a vibrant, restored, historic river town of 20,000 located 45 minutes south of the Twin Cities.

A St. Olaf education embraces the entire undergraduate experience. Students learn not only in the classroom, but also in residence halls, rehearsal rooms, practice fields, worship services, student employment, and community organizations. These diverse learning opportunities work together to help students achieve a comprehensive set of college-wide learning goals.

At St. Olaf College we are dedicated to creating an inclusive and globally engaged community. We believe in fostering different identities, beliefs, and traditions because our differences make us stronger. St. Olaf strives to promote cultural diversity and multicultural understanding and create a campus where individuals of all backgrounds feel accepted and supported. We encourage applications from candidates committed to the enrichment of our diverse community.

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