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Plant Operator I

Murray State University
Murray, KY

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Job Details

Posting Number:


Job Title:

Plant Operator I

Type of Employment:

Regular Full-Time

Work Location:

Murray, KY

Employment Term:

12 Months

Position Type:

Staff - Non-Exempt (Hourly)


Bldg and Equipment Maintenance

Summary of Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Assists in operation of the building automation system and the steam and chilled water equipment in the University’s central heating and cooling plant. Responsible for assisting in operation of the building automation system and the steam and chilled water equipment in the university’s central heating and cooling plant.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to,

  • Assisting in the care and operation of the electronic building automation system, centrifugal refrigeration machines, fossil fuel boilers, electrical boilers and their associated machine components.
  • Assisting in water treatment and the inspection, maintenance, and emergency repairs of machinery and equipment.
  • Must keep the plant area clean and in an orderly manner, and perform other related duties as assigned by supervision.

Minimum Education Requirements:

  • High school graduate or equivalent.

Minimum Experience and Skill Requirements:

  • Three years of related experience at a similar heating and cooling facility or industrial facility requiring multi-talented, craft achievements. Related technical school training may be exchanged year-for-year with experience requirement.
  • Should have an adequate working knowledge of a combination of crafts including, but not limited to, the following: electrical transmission including high voltage, branch and control circuitry, steam and chilled water distribution, fire alarm systems, elevators, plumbing, piping, pumping, painting, pneumatics, automation and environmental control systems.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, meet the requirements to operate a University vehicle, and possess excellent communication and coordination skills.
  • Technical school training in lieu of experience operating boilers and chillers

Posting Date:


Closing Date:


Open Until Filled:


Hourly Rate:

$12.45 (Additional pay dependent upon qualifications)

Work Hours:

  • Eight hours per day, five days per week. Involves night and weekend work and may require overtime when needed.
  • Exposure to high voltage, extreme steam pressure, and other dangerous equipment.
  • Will be required to work holidays when needed.

Physical Demands:

  • Must be able to climb ladders, be on feet for extended periods of time, and lift heavy objects.


For 100 years Murray State University has served students from the region, the nation and the world. Founded in 1922, the University has grown from an enrollment of 202 students to 9,500 today. Murray State blends educational opportunities found at research institutions with collaborative interactions among students, faculty and staff found at smaller universities.  Students receive personalized attention from supportive faculty and staff as the University offers a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio.


Murray State University places our highest priority on student learning and excellent teaching, blending the range of educational opportunities often experienced at research institutions with the nurturing student-teacher interactions usually found at smaller universities.  Murray State embraces diversity in the workplace and values attracting, developing and maintaining a diverse, high-quality faculty, staff, and student body. The University endeavors to create and promote a culturally diverse community to be accepting of and sensitive to diversity in its many varied forms. Murray State has been continuously accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) since 1928. 

Recent Accolades: 

  • U.S. News & World Report (32 consecutive years as a top-tier university) and top 10 in south region for Top Public Schools, Best Value and Best College for Veterans 
  • Washington Monthly Best Bang for the Buck
  • G.I. Jobs Military Friendly School 
  • Forbes Best Employers List



Located in the west Kentucky region, Murray State is a public, comprehensive University with four colleges (business; science, engineering and technology; humanities and fine arts; education and human services)– and two schools (agriculture; nursing and health professions).  The University's 236-acre main campus is located in Murray, Kentucky and offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs, professional instruction, as well as continuing education programs. Faculty and staff of Murray State University have access to a comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, retirement, tuition waivers, paid holidays, vacation and sick time, as well as many other benefit offerings.


The city of Murray, located in Calloway County, offers a low cost of living, low property taxes, and a four-season climate. Murray has a friendly, small-town atmosphere with locally-owned specialty shops and restaurants, an acclaimed community theater, art guild and award-winning public schools. The area is home to Kentucky Lake and Land Between the Lakes, a 170,000-acre National Recreation Area, which offers a wide-range of activities and amenities for residents and visitors alike. Located in close proximity to major cities and nearby access to Interstate 24, Murray is just a few hours from Nashville, St. Louis, Louisville and Memphis. 

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(270) 809-2146
412 Sparks Hall
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