Boiler Operator

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Job CategoryFacilitiesPosition TitleBoiler OperatorFull Time/Part TimeFull TimeDivisionFinance and AdministrationDepartmentFacilities - TradesDepartment Statement

It is the mission of the Facilities Department at Colgate University to create the safest, cleanest, and most comfortable environment that further distinguishes Colgate University as a world-class educational institution. We work hard as part of a unified team to make everyone who arrives on campus feel welcome.
“One team, one mission.”


•Completes job assignments as assigned in an expeditious, professional manner without direct supervision.
•Performs repairs, adjustments, chemical tests and system set-ups on high pressure (gas, wood & oil) boilers and on all equipment pertinent to the operation of a high pressure steam heating plant.
•Performs preventative maintenance on boiler systems, compressors, gearboxes, motors, pumps, and water softening equipment.
•Conducts routine monitoring of high pressure gauges, controls, water levels and chemical water treatment.
•Maintains accurate records of preventative maintenance and controls readings as required.
•Promptly answers campus and dispatch calls as needed and monitors EMS building computer system.
•Safely operates a skid steer to load woodchips for wood-fired boiler.
•Maintains a safe and clean work environment.
•Troubleshoots basic electrical controls.
•Operates window based computer system.
•Conducts layouts for assigned jobs, reads, interprets, provides material labor estimates, orders materials, and translates into a finished product.
•Maintains accurate records of materials used and time spent on assignments.

Technical Competencies

Behavioral Competencies

NamePersonal Accountability for ResultsDescription

Takes responsibility for decisions, performance, and outcomes; behaves in a responsible manner with a positive attitude; shows self-awareness and openness to feedback.

NameEffective CommunicationDescription

Demonstrates effective written and oral communication skills; shares information and seeks input from others; adapts communication to diverse audiences; protects private and confidential information.

NameProblem Solving and Decision MakingDescription

Analyzes and prioritizes situations to identify and solve problems; generates solutions to improve efficiency and quality; involves others in solving problems and making decisions; factors organizational goals into decisions; makes clear, transparent, and timely decisions.

NameChange ManagementDescription

Responds positively to changing university initiatives and readily adapts behavior to maintain effective performance; understands the long-term direction of the university and can relate this to departmental area; adapts to new methodologies; identifies and acts on areas where change is appropriate.

NameLeadership and TeamworkDescription

Applies skills and knowledge to provide a climate to achieve departmental and organizational success; balances individual and department goals; helps others perform at their best; builds productive relationships to enhance individual and organizational effectiveness; treats others with respect; resolves conflicts among team members.

NameCreativity and InnovationDescription

Generates, explores, encourages, and implements innovative ways of creating strategic value for the university, division, department, and individual level; critically assesses the effectiveness of new initiatives.

NameDiversity and InclusionDescription

Demonstrates respect for people and their differences; understands the benefits of a diverse workforce; earns the trust and respect of others; includes and welcomes others; works to understand the perspective of others; promotes opportunities to experience diversity within our community.


Understands the impact of decision making and personal behavior in achieving the university’s commitment to a sustainable and carbon-neutral campus; supports and advances the university’s sustainability initiatives; influences others to use sustainable practices.

Professional Experience/ Qualifications

•Must be capable of working collegially with a diverse group of constituents on a daily basis.
•Must have the ability to work rotating shifts including evenings, nights, weekends and holidays.

Preferred Qualifications

•Demonstrated ability to fabricate steel pipe is desired.
•Knowledge of Babcock & Wilcox boilers and/or industrial boilers is preferred.
•Experience with boiler computer operation systems (SCADA systems) is preferred
•Experience in operating a skid steer.


Must possess one of the following:
•Certificate from accredited apprentice-boiler training program OR
•Graduation from a related trade school plus one year of experience in the field OR
•Proof of four consecutive years as boiler operator/mechanic or related experience OR
a minimum of a high school diploma/GED or a combination of education and experience from which comparable skills are attained is required.


A current valid driver’s license, in accordance with the University’s Driver Safety and Motor Vehicle Use Policy, is required.

Physical Requirements

•May be exposed to hazards of electrical shock, heat, confined spaces, and steam.
•Must have the ability to work outside as required.
•Will be required to wear a NIOSH (National Institute of Occupational Health & Safety) approved respirator and pass respirator fit test.
•Required to wear Personal Protective Equipment as required, which may include a flame-resistant uniform (as defined by NFPA-70E).
•Must be able to stand for long periods of time and to lift and carry up to a maximum of 100 pounds.
•Must be capable of strenuous exercise during each shift to include raking, pushing, pulling, and scooping.

Other Information

Bargaining unit employees must apply by
October 15th, 2020, to be considered.

Requisition Number2020S046PostingTemporaryNoWork Schedule

This hours for this position are as follows:
Saturday – Wednesday 11:00 pm – 7:00 am

Job Open Date10/07/2020Job Close DateOpen Until FilledNoSpecial Instructions SummaryEEO Statement

It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Clery Act

The Campus Safety Department will provide upon request a copy of Colgate’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. This report includes statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education for the previous three years concerning reported: 1. crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Colgate University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus and 2. fires that occurred in student housing facilities. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security and fire safety, such as policies concerning sexual assault, life safety systems, and other related matters. To obtain a copy, contact the Campus Safety Compliance Manager via e-mail at [email protected]. You may also access the report from the Campus Safety web page at:

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Are you currently a Colgate employee?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Have you ever been a Colgate employee?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Are you at least 18 years of age?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Please let us know how you heard about this position.
    • Albany Times Union
    • Binghamton Press & Sun
    • BlackCoachesinSports
    • Cazenovia Republican
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Chronicle of Philanthropy
    • Colgate Employee
    • Colgate Website
    • CoSIDA
    • Diverse Issues of Higher Education
    • HERC (Upstate New York HERC)
    • LinkedIn
    • Mid-York Weekly
    • NACWA
    • naviGATE
    • NCAA News
    • Norwich Evening Sun
    • Oneida Daily Dispatch
    • Sherburne News
    • Syracuse Post Standard
    • Utica Observer Dispatch
    • Waterville Times
    • Other
  5. If you selected "Colgate Employee" or "Other" for how you heard about this position, please provide the employee's name or where you heard about/saw the position.

    (Open Ended Question)

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  1. Resume
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    Posted: 10/9/2020
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