Utilities Plant Operator - Journey

Greensboro, NC
Jul 06, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Requisition Number S1222

Position Number 3863

Position Classification Title Utilities Plant Operator

Functional Title Utilities Plant Operator - Journey

Position Type Staff

Position Summary

Facilities at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro is a diverse, environmentally and safety conscious, and effective organization comprised of innovative professionals whose mission is to deliver remarkable customer service in the planning, design, construction, maintenance and operations of university facilities, grounds and infrastructure.

The Utilities Operations division of Facilities Operations is currently seeking qualified candidates to consider for the Utilities Plant Operator position at the Steam Plant.

The primary purpose of the Steam Plant is to operate all boilers in a manner that will provide the steam to the university community for food preparation, comfort heating, domestic hot water and humidification in required quantities at the proper time, in a safe, economical and efficient manner.

Primary duties include:

  1. Observe, monitor, and operate one (1) 40,000 pound per hour and three (3) 50,000 pound per hour boilers and all related boiler plant machinery;
  2. Operate the Computerized Boiler Control System;
  3. Perform both corrective and preventive maintenance as required, to insure a smooth and constant flow of steam to the campus around the clock;
  4. Conduct preventive and corrective maintenance on the campus steam and condensation distribution systems as required;
  5. Other duties as determined by supervisor.


  • Operate and control boilers using HMI System loop commanders.
  • Operate and control boilers using HMI Computer Interface Unit.
  • Perform all necessary plant configuration changes to safely and efficiently supply campus with steam.
  • Blow down magnetrol low level cutout switch.
  • Blow down reliance boiler safety device.
  • Blow down visual water level indicator.
  • Blow down boiler mud drum.
  • Monitor continuous blow down system.
  • Perform the required valve line up to burn fuel with in the 1 hr allowance when curtailed from natural gas.
  • Receive daily fuel oil deliveries.
  • Add required fuel oil additive to each load.
  • Remove and clean oil guns.
  • Clean up any oil spills or leakage that occurs.
  • Perform operating equipment flushes.
  • Tour plant and inspect all equipment at beginning of shift.
  • Attend turnover briefing.
  • Review narrative and equipment logs.
  • Discuss any abnormal conditions or evolutions in progress.
  • Conduct hourly tours of plant and monitor parameters at operator interface unit.
  • Take and record pressure and temperature readings on designated equipment four-hour intervals.
  • Listen for unusual noises, watch for adverse conditions and keep a keen sense of smell for hot conditions or possible electrical wires burning.
  • Perform all scheduled preventive maintenance.
  • Conduct valve, steam trap and steam strainer maintenance as scheduled.
  • Perform all corrective maintenance actions required on the shift to ensure continued plant operation.
  • Perform routine housekeeping of building and plant.
  • An additional major purpose of this position is the monitoring, testing and treatment of boiler water, feedwater, and condensation to prevent damage to equipment due to corrosion, scale and/or solids in the system.

Benefits include but are not limited to:

  • Health Insurance - NC State Health Plan (NC Smart Choice)
  • Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, FSAs and more (NC Flex)
  • Retirement (Teachers' and State Employees' Retirement System and Optional Retirement Program)
  • Disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Vacation, Sick, Community Service, FMLA Leave
  • Holidays
  • Longevity Pay
  • Eligible to become a member of the State Employees Credit Union
  • Employee Award Programs
  • Employee Wellness Resources
  • and more

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is a world-class, research intensive, regional University with a diverse portfolio of expertise and a particular focus on fostering healthy lives, vibrant communities and global connections. UNCG is a leading institution within the 17-campus University of North Carolina System. Recognized for its programs in the Music, Theater and Dance; Nursing; Business; Education; Life and Physical Sciences; and Health and Human Sciences, UNCG continues to grow its enrollment and enjoys the most diverse student populations of all the UNC system universities. With more than 19,000 students, UNCG has a significant and positive impact in North Carolina and the Greensboro/Triad area in particular. UNCG is nationally recognized for its distance learning initiative and serves many rural areas of North Carolina with its highly rated online educational programs. Established in 1892, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro was founded as the first public university in North Carolina for women. In 1963 the school became co-educational, but the legacy of providing both opportunity and excellence continues today.

Minimum Qualifications


Preferred Qualifications

Required qualifications

  • Must have valid driver's license.
  • NIULPE 2nd Class License or equal class or grade operator. Will consider alternate license.
  • Although a current license is preferred, we may consider training for a qualified candidate without a NIULPE 2nd Class or equal class license.

Alternate Option

If no applicants apply who meet the required competency level and training & experience requirements, than management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies, equity, budget and market considerations.

Special Instructions to Applicants

This position is a mandatory position as defined in the Adverse Weather and Emergency Event Policy.

You must complete and submit an electronic application for employment to be considered. Application must include complete work history. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing an electronic application.

The application must be completed in full detail for your qualifications to be considered.

Applicants have the option to upload with their electronic application the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • List of References

Your application to the position will not be complete until you receive an online confirmation number at the end of the process of applying for a position.

Recruitment Range $34,485 - $35,675

Org #-Department Utility Operations - 56406

Work Hours of Position Rotating Shifts. 7 A.M. - 3 P.M., 3 P.M. - 11 P.M., 11 P.M. - 7 A.M., Sunday - Thursday and Tuesday - Saturday. Shift rotates approx. every 3 months.

Job Family Operations and Skilled Trades

Band Utilities Plant Operator

Competency Level Journey

2-4 key competencies for successful execution of job duties, including chosen level definition:

Knowledge- Technical (Journey)
Performs non-routine tasks and assignments through practical application of industry standards involving operations and maintenance/repair of 40,000 pound per hour and 50,000 pound per hour boilers; all related boiler plant machinery and computerized boiler control system equipment. Applies general knowledge in the operation, maintenance, methods, procedures and techniques of applicable and safety requirements. Performs routine, non -routine and standard tasks to monitor, record, sample and test equipment related to utility plant operations.

Equipment Operation (Journey)
Ability to independently perform more complex preventative maintenance and troubleshooting of applicable machines, equipment and tools (e.g. turn equipment on and off); ability to make adjustments as needed. Ability to monitor the operation of equipment through various software and automated systems; ability to determine when and what kind of maintenance is needed; ability to make necessary adjustments using appropriate systems.

Safety and Health Compliance (Journey)
Ability to ensure operational and safety procedures are followed and compliance with regulatory agencies/standards. Ability to respond to safety concerns and/or hazardous situations providing guidance for processes and procedures; ability to ensure post-emergency procedures are implemented.

Open Date 05/04/2017

Close Date 08/02/2017

Job Close Date

Type of Appointment 1.0 (Full-Time)

FLSA Non-Exempt

Salary Grade Equivalency 63

Number of Months per Year 12

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
Optional Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
  4. Other Documents

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Which of the following options best describes your education history?
    • No Response
    • Bachelor's Degree or higher
    • Associate's Degree
    • 3 years of college coursework
    • 2 years of college coursework
    • 1 year of college coursework
    • less than 1 year of college coursework
    • High School Diploma or GED
  2. * How many years of experience in a directly related field do you have?
    • No Response
    • 6 or more years
    • 5 years
    • 4 years
    • 3 years
    • 2 years
    • 1 year
    • 4 months
    • less than 4 months
  3. * Please indicate how you learned of the vacant position for which you are applying:
    • UNCGjobsearch Website
    • Greensboro News & Record
    • Carolina Peacemaker
    • Other Newspaper
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Inside Higher Ed
    • Other Professional Journal
    • NCWorks.gov
    • UNC System Job Board
    • Other Online Job Board
    • Personal Networking
    • Other
  4. * Do you have one (1) to three (3) years of directly related experience?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you currently have a valid drivers license?
    • No Response
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have at least 1 year of progressive experience in the performance of task associated with mechanical maintenance or the operation of large complex boilers?
    • yes
    • no
    • no response
  7. * Do you have experience working with higher education institutions or other state or federal governmental agencies?
    • Yes
    • No
  8. * Have you graduated from high school or received a GED?
    • Yes
    • No

To learn more or to apply for this position please visit our UNCGjobsearch website at https://jobsearch.uncg.edu