Utility Plant Operator

Jun 12, 2017
Institution Type
Community College

Company Description:

Since 1963, Mount Wachusett Community College has built a tradition of providing innovative undergraduate education, workforce development, personal enrichment, and community service to North Central Massachusetts and beyond. Located in Gardner, MA, with satellite campuses in Fitchburg, Leominster and Devens, MWCC now serves approximately 12,000 credit and noncredit students each year and offers over 70 associate degree and credit certificate options. An award-winning, national leader in the area of renewable energy, MWCC is also nationally recognized for its veterans' services, civic engagement and K-12 partnerships.

We hope you will consider applying for one of our open positions, and discover all that Mount Wachusett Community College and the North Central Massachusetts region have to offer.


Job Description:

General Statement of Duties

Incumbents of positions in this series operate, maintain and repair heating and air conditioning chiller systems; operate electronic controls for heating and air conditioning systems; monitor general, mechanical and/or electrical repairs on power distribution, chilled water, gas, domestic and de-ionized water, signal, fire alarm, security, remote building equipment monitoring, sanitary, acid waste and storm drain systems.

The basic purpose of this work is to operate, monitor, maintain and repair utility systems and equipment.



1.      Operates, maintains and repairs heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, including chilled water recirculating pumps, chilled water condenser pumps, air compressors, firehouse fans, air-supply and recirculating fans, electric heating coils, electric cabinet unit heaters, electric baseboard radiation units, pedestal electric baseboard heating units, cooling coils and chilled water BTU meters, hypochlorite water treatment system, high voltage main driver motors and refrigeration compressors.

2.      Operates a high voltage power distribution system including switches on generating equipment; operates, maintains and repairs generators and related equipment.

3.      Operates and maintains a sewerage and drainage system and an neutralized acid waste system, including pressurized main drain system and associated equipment.

4.      Inspects machinery; reads meters and gauges; performs tests on chilled water, boiled water and sea water to control pollution and quality of water; starts and stops equipment and machinery according to schedules.

5.      Operates, maintains and repairs piping systems such as those for methane and carbon monoxide gas monitoring and evaluation.

6.      Maintains operating logs, records and reports on all equipment; draws stock and materials for maintenance and repairs; measures and reports fuel levels to appropriate personnel.

7.      Implements the lubrication schedule for heating, ventilating and air conditioning equipment and auxiliary equipment.


Major work contacts are with agency staff, outside contractors, tradespeople and vendors.

NOTE: This form must be submitted to the Personnel Administrator for every new position title in your jurisdiction, and for

any substantive change in an established position. 

For complete job specifications please click here: Utility Plant Operator




Applicants must have at least two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience in the operation and/or maintenance of an electric generating station, water pumping station or sewage treatment station.


Massachusetts Refrigeration license, EPA CFC universal technician and Certified Building Operator preferred.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED AT HIRE (List knowledges, skills, abilities)

1.      Knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques used in the operation of a power plant.

2.      Knowledge of the operation and maintenance of large electrical heating systems.

3.      Knowledge of the types and uses of electronic control systems.

4.      Knowledge of the operation, maintenance and repair of fire alarm systems, signal systems and control systems for mechanical and electrical systems.

5.      Knowledge of the operation and maintenance of outside electrical systems such as underground cables, transformer subsystems and vaults and subtransmission lines.

6.      Knowledge of the operating characteristics of electrical generating systems.

7.      Knowledge of the types and uses of industrial type heating systems.

8.      Knowledge of the principles of pneumatics as applied to heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems.

9.      Knowledge of the types and uses of pneumatic controls used in power plant operations.

10.    Knowledge of calibration and/or adjustment techniques as applied to pneumatic control systems.

11.    Knowledge of the fundamentals of electrical practice.

12.    Knowledge of the types and uses of precision measuring equipment used in a power plant such as manometers, voltmeters, anemometers, tachometers, etc.

13.    Knowledge of the types and uses of pumps used in water and fuel systems.

14.    Knowledge of the methods and techniques of pipefitting.

15.    Knowledge of the types and uses of chemicals used in water treatment.

16.    Knowledge of the principles of operation of internal combustion engines.

17.    Knowledge of the types and uses of chemicals used in water treatment.

18.    Knowledge of the safety practices and procedures followed in power plants.

19.    Knowledge of the types and uses of high- and low-pressure boilers.

20.    Knowledge of the types and uses of steam plant accessory equipment, such as throttle valves, superheaters, back-pressure valves, feed-water regulators, etc.

21.    Knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques used in firing and operating high- or low-pressure coal or oil-fired boilers and their auxiliary equipment.

22.    Knowledge of the methods of general report writing.

23.    Knowledge of the proper methods for storing and handling fuels.

24.    Skill in using hand power tools such as drills, electric saws, etc.

25.    Skill in using small hand tools such as wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers, hacksaws and pipethreaders.

26.    Ability to follow written and oral instructions.

27.    Ability to lift heavy objects.

28.    Ability to deal tactfully with others.

29.    Ability to adjust to changing situations to meet emergency or changing program or production requirements.

30.    Ability to understand and apply the laws, rules and regulations governing assigned unit activities.

31.    Ability to explain the procedures, guidelines, policies, etc. governing assigned unit activities.

32.    Ability to use tools and equipment required for maintaining and repairing power plant and utility distribution systems.

33.    Ability to do routine electrical and mechanical repair work.

34.    Ability to read gauges, adjust equipment and observe the operation of machinery.

35.    Ability to read and interpret building plans and control and wiring schematics.

36.    Ability to read and interpret documents such as plans, specifications, blueprints, drawings, technical manuals, etc.

37.    Ability to maintain accurate records.

38.    Ability to communicate effectively in writing.

39.    Ability to communicate effectively in oral expression.

40.    Ability to perform arithmetical calculations with speed and accuracy (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).

41.    Ability to distinguish colors.

42.    Ability to give oral instructions in a precise, understandable manner.


Additional Information:

Salary: $48,986.60-$69,406.48

An appointment made from outside the bargaining unit must be made at step one of the salary range.

Grade: 18    H18x16

Employee Status: Full Time

Benefits: Yes
Hours per Week: 40
Number of Weeks: 52

Mount Wachusett Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, religion, age, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity or sexual orientation in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and college policies. The College prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation or sexual violence shall be referred to the College's Affirmative Action and/or Title IX Coordinator, the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission or the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

Application Instructions:

The following documents are required:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

Deadline Date: June 23,2017

Candidates may be subject to employment screening to include both a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) request and a Sexual Offender Registry Information (SORI).


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