Utilities Plant Operator #003040

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Utilities Plant Operator #003040


Facilities Management

Position Summary:

This position is on site at our Cullowhee campus.

The primary responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to the following: The independent operation, maintenance/repair and management of oil-fired or natural gas-fired, high pressure, water tube boilers and boiler control systems that are required for continued campus operations. Position is rotating shift work in a facility operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Normal work schedule is a rotating twelve-hour shift. The central steam plant operates 24 hours per day, seven days per week, 365 days per year. Position is subject to work any of the shifts/days at the foreman’s discretion including weekends and holidays.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this Position:

Working knowledge of the principles and techniques involved in mechanical maintenance. Skill in the use of tools and equipment used in mechanical maintenance. Ability to follow oral and written instructions. Ability to accurately record indicator readings. Ability to perform work independently. Physical strength sufficient to perform heavy physical tasks on a periodic basis. Ability to perform elementary arithmetic calculations.

Minimum Qualifications:

High school diploma or equivalency and one year of related experience; or equivalent combination of training and experience. Requires certification(s).

Preferred Qualifications:

Prefer a high school education.

Anticipated Hiring Range:

$33,810 - $35,000

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Permanent Full-Time

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For administrative purposes during the implementation of Career Banding this journey level position is considered a Salary Grade 63.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants must apply online in order to be considered.

Please include a resume and a list of professional references (with complete contact information).

Applicants must upload a DD-214 if claiming Veteran’s Preference.


If no applicants apply, who meet the required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities/Competencies and Training and Experience requirements, then management may consider other applicants. Effective October 1, 2015 all new hires into positions subject to the State Human Resources Act (SHRA) will serve a 12 month probationary period as defined by the North Carolina Office of State Human Resources (OSHR).


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify. Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.

Credential Verification:

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.


Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.
Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at [email protected]

University Safety:

The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 227 HFR Administration Building, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7147) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.




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Posted: 4/28/2021
Application Due: 5/7/2021
Work Type: Full Time