Power Plant Operator II

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse   La Crosse, WI   Full-time     Maintenance
Posted on May 23, 2024
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Position Summary

Under the general supervision of the Power Plant Superintendent, the Power Plant Operator will perform a full range of heating plant duties on their shift in a large, complex heating plant that is operated on a year-round basis. There are four high pressure steam boilers, with an operating pressure of 100psig. Two of the four are Bros. water tube boilers which are fueled by natural gas, and #2 ultra-low sulfur oil. The two newest are Vapor Power Circulatic packaged boilers that are fueled with natural gas and #2 ultra-low sulfur oil. Because of the complexities of these boilers, ongoing decisions must be made which may include the startup and shut down of equipment as well as identifying emergency situations and implementing corrective measures. These decisions must be made to prevent damage to heating plant equipment and other campus buildings, as well as preventing the disruption of classes and research experiments. The Power Plant Operator Senior will also maintain shift records and relay this information onto the relieving shift operator and /or other plant personnel. Other duties may include general to complex maintenance on all heating plant equipment, as well as general housekeeping duties. The boiler operations at the heating plant are covered utilizing a rotating shift schedule. This job summary is not meant to be all inclusive and will be periodically updated to reflect current facility operating standards.

Required Qualifications

  • Knowledge of essential job functions and the ability to safely perform the duties with minimal supervision
  • Analytical skills necessary to diagnose and correct the cause and of both common and infrequent failures in equipment and systems using schematics or blueprints as necessary.
  • Knowledge or ability to learn relevant software and/or computer languages in order to operate preventive maintenance, work order, time reporting and inventory control programs.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally or in writing, using the English language, in various situations, i.e. face to face, via telephone or two-way radio, correspondence, editing or writing reports, taking messages, etc.
  • Knowledge of mathematical skills necessary to perform job duties.
  • Ability to comply with all University of Wisconsin Systems Work Rules, including safe work practices.
  • Maintain current field related skills and knowledge and its associated codes by attending training programs, conferences and subscription or membership of professional organizations.
  • Knowledge of the maintenance and repair procedures necessary to ensure the proper safe working operation of all mechanical and power equipment; typical tasks include welding, brazing, soldering, cutting, grinding, drilling, bolting and many other involved specialized skills.
  • Working knowledge of specialized power equipment including skid steer.
  • Physically able to work in various environments for prolonged periods of time without adverse physical reaction, e.g.: in confined spaces: within extreme temperature ranges: in hot, noisy, dirty or dust-filled areas; at heights above 30 feet, etc.
  • Physically able to work in various positions, i.e. with arms above your head for periods of time; bending, twisting, crawling, squatting, climbing, stooping or kneeling; on scaffolding, ladders or stairs; standing, sitting or walking, while continuously performing job function.
  • Ability to grasp, lift and/or carry tools, equipment or supplies, up to 75 pounds on a regular basis.
  • Ability to wear personal protective equipment, (i.e.) respirator, air supplied breathing apparatus, hearing or eye protection, fall prevention harness, safety rated footwear, chemical gloves and splash guard goggles/face shield, and burn guard protective equipment etc.
  • Hold and maintain a valid driver’s license, meeting the criteria for driving a state vehicle.

Preferred Qualifications

  • High pressure boiler licensure or certification preferred.
  • Graduate of Building Utility Maintenance related program with related working experience.