Steam Plant Operator

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Posting Details

Requisition NumberS2063Position Number003863Position Classification TitleUtilities Plant OperatorFunctional TitleSteam Plant OperatorPosition TypeStaffUniversity Information

UNC Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is 1 of only 57 doctoral institutions recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for both higher research activity and community engagement. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC System institutions, UNC Greensboro is one of the most diverse universities in the state with 20,000+ students, and 3,000+ faculty and staff members representing 90+ nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 125 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNC Greensboro is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in health and wellness, visual and performing arts, nursing, education, and more. For additional information, please visit and follow UNCG on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Primary Purpose of the Organizational Unit

The primary purpose of the Steam Plant is to operate all boilers in a manner that will provide 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. This unit is also responsible for the operation and maintenance of satellite hydronic boilers in various campus buildings and the operation of the future West Chiller Plant.

Position Summary

“Re-Post, Previous Applicants Need Not RE-Apply, Still Under Consideration”

Primary duties of the position include:
- 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;
- Operate the Computerized Boiler Control System;
- Perform both corrective and preventive maintenance as required, to ensure a smooth and constant flow of steam to the campus around the clock; and
- Other duties as determined by supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications


Additional Required Certifications, Licensures, and CertificatesPreferred Qualifications

NIULPE 2nd Class License or equal class or grade operator. Will consider alternate license.

Alternate Option

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

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants are required to upload a list of at least three (3) professional references that includes:

  1. Name,
  2. Company Name,
  3. Type of reference (Professional, Supervisor, Colleague, Academic, or Personal). One (1) of those references will need to be a current or previous supervisor.
  4. Email Address
  5. Contact Phone Number
Recruitment Range$30,000-$40,000Org #-DepartmentUtility Operations - 56406Work Hours of Position2:45pm-11:00pm, Tu-Sat (2nd Shift)Number of Months per Year12Posting RequirementsJob FamilyOperations and Skilled TradesCareer Banded TitleUtilities Plant OperatorOpen Date10/07/2020Close Date10/21/2020FTE 1.000FLSANon-ExemptIf other, please indicateIf time-limited, please specify end date for appointment.Salary Grade EquivalencyKey Responsibilities


Key Responsibility

Operate Central Heating System Plant and Auxiliary Equipment

Essential Tasks

1. Operate and control boilers using HMI System loop commanders.
2. Operate and control boilers using HMI Computer Interface Unit.
3. Perform all necessary plant configuration changes to safely and efficiently supply campus with steam.
4. Blow down magnetrol low level cutout switch.
5. Blow down reliance boiler safety device.
6. Blow down visual water level indicator.
7. Blow down boiler mud drum.
8. Monitor continuous blowdown system.
9. Perform the required valve line up to burn heating oil with in the time allowance when curtailed from natural gas.
10. Receive daily fuel oil deliveries.
11. Add required fuel oil additive to each load.
12. Remove and clean oil guns.
13.Clean up any oil spills or leakage that occur.
14. Perform operating equipment flushes.

Key Responsibility

Record log readings at four (4) hour intervals and conduct a visual inspection of operating equipment hourly. Conduct an inspection of operating and standby equipment each shift.

Essential Tasks

1. Tour plant and inspect all equipment at the beginning of shift.
2. Attend turnover briefing.
3. Review narrative and equipment logs.
4. Discuss any abnormal conditions or evolutions in progress.
5. Conduct hourly tours of plant and monitor parameters at operator interface unit.
6. Take and record pressure and temperature readings on designated equipment in four-hour intervals.
7. Listen for unusual noises, watch for adverse conditions and keep a keen sense of smell for hot conditions or possible electrical wires burning.

Key Responsibility

Chemical Testing and Water Treatment

Essential Tasks

1. Test boiler water and treat with proper chemical to maintain readings within prescribed limits to prevent scale and corrosion.
2. Test condensate for pH and hardness. Treat system to maintain 8.0 pH. Hardness to be monitored to determine fresh water contamination of heat exchangers.

Key Responsibility

Preventative and Corrective Maintenance

Essential Tasks

1. Perform all scheduled preventive maintenance in Steam Plant and at satellite boilers.
2. Conduct valve, steam trap and steam strainer maintenance as scheduled.
3. Perform all corrective maintenance actions required on the shift to ensure continued plant and satelite boiler operation.
4. Perform routine housing keeping of building and plant.
5. Inspect all satellite boilers twice a week minimum.

Key Responsibility

Prepare boilers and pressure vessels for inspection by insurance company.

Essential Tasks

1. Open each boiler on scheduled annual basis for inspection.
2. Mechanically clean each boiler tube with motorized wire brush or high-pressure water to remove loose deposits, light scale or other solids.
3. Clean fire box, air registers, diffusers and tubes of any accumulated soot or other deposits.
4. Hydrostatic test boiler for tightness to ensure proper sealing.
5. Test safety valves under pressure to ensure proper lifting and re-setting.
6. Prepare satellite boilers for inspection every two years.



CompetencyKnowledge - TechnicalCompetency Description

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.

Competency LevelJourneyCompetencyEquipment OperationCompetency Description

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.

Competency LevelJourneyCompetencySafety and Health ComplianceCompetency Description

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.

Competency LevelJourneyADA Checklist

Physical EffortHand Movement-Repetitive Motions - F, Hand Movement-Grasping - F, Holding - F, Finger Dexterity - F, Vision-Skilled Trades - C, Reading - O, Writing - O, Eye-hand coordination - F, Vision-Color Distinction - F, Vision-Preparing/Analyzing figures - F, Vision-Visual inspection - F, Vision-Measuring/Assembling at distance close to eye - O, Hearing - C, Talking - F, Standing - F, Sitting - O, Walking - F, Lifting-0-30 lbs. - O, Lifting-30-60 lbs. - R, Lifting-60-90 lbs. - R, Pushing/Pulling - F, Climbing-Stairs - F, Climbing-Ladders - F, Bending - F, Squatting - F, Crawling - O, Reaching - FWork EnvironmentDriving - Car/Truck - O, Driving - Standar/Automatic - O, Driving - Mower/Forklift - O, Location - Air vent - R, Equipment/Machines - Heights - O, Equipment/Machines - Ladders - F, Equipment/Machines - Step Stools - O, Equipment/Machines - Scaffolds - R, Night/Dark - F, Extreme noise levels - C, Extreme temperatures - C, Inside - F, Outside - O, Ventilation ConditionsDust - O, Ventilation ConditionsFumes - O, Ventilation ConditionsChemicals - O, Ventilation ConditionsGases - O, Exposure to potential Hazardous Conditions - C, Chemical Spills - R, Gas Leaks - R, Acidic Harsh or Oily Substances - R, Electrical Hazards - OApplicant DocumentsRequired Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
Optional Documents
  1. Reference Letter 1
  2. Other Documents
Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Which of the following options best describes your education history?
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    • 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. * 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
    • UNC System Job Board
    • Other Online Job Board
    • Personal Networking
    • Other
  3. * Do you currently have a valid drivers license?
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    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Have you graduated from high school or received a GED?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * If you selected "Other", please provide the name of the resource here.

    (Open Ended Question)




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Posted: 10/8/2020
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