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Plant Operator

Smith College
Smith College

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Job Description

Job Summary

Under the direction of the chief engineer or designee the power plant operator is responsible for safely performing a combination of functions on an assigned shift including, but not limited to assisting in the preparation of all boilers, turbines and equipment for inspection, cleaning of boilers, tanks and breeching areas, as well as make necessary repairs or replacement to all types of pipes and boiler insulation.

Essential Functions

  • Assist in the start-up and shutdown of the boilers and equipment as directed.

  • Lubricate machinery and equipment as assigned.

  • Keep the control room operator and working foreman informed of all operational and safety issues as observed while performing the operational duties.

  • Must observe and follow all safety rules and regulations including, but not limited to Confined Space Entry, Lockout/Tagout, etc., as well as be familiar with chemical safety and Materials Safety Data Sheets.

  • Work in support of other trades as needed.

  • Must be capable of utilizing all power plant related tools and equipment, as well as all computer related systems.

  • Responsible for maintenance and care of all related equipment.

  • Drive college vehicles as assigned.

  • Responsible for cleaning vehicles, inspecting for damage and performing visual check prior to using.

  • Reporting any issues discovered to the supervisor immediately.

  • Participate in educational training and safety programs as required.

  • Ability to fill in for a control room operator’s position in accordance with the union contract.

  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications (knowledge, skills, education, experience, certifications, licenses)

  • High school diploma or equivalent trades school certification, GED equivalent or combination of education and experience.

  • Minimum of six months experience in a power plant.

  • Must possess a current Massachusetts Second Class Fireman’s License, per the union contract.

  • Must be able to attain a First-Class Fireman’s License, per the union contract.

  • Must have a valid driver’s license.

  • Must complete and comply with all college driving credentialing requirements. Upon award of this position, a Division of Motor Vehicles background check will be completed.

  • Must possess ability to understand and execute written and oral instructions and relay instructions to follow-up shifts when multi-shift operations are used.

  • Must be able to safely lift and carry up to fifty pounds. Must be able to bend, walk, stand, stoop, climb stairs and ladders and safely move materials and/or equipment.

Skills & Preferred Qualifications

  • Must possess ability to climb, operate rigging and work in warm cramped and confined spaces.

  • Must possess ability to interpret blueprints, diagrams, sketches and other specifications.

  • Must demonstrate strong communication skills including oral, written and electronic.

  • Must demonstrate proficiency in accessing the internet, using the college email and calendar systems, the work order system and trade related database systems.

  • Must be able to work independently and in a team environment.

  • Ability to use good judgment to take appropriate, independent action to carry out the primary functions of the job.

  • Must have knowledge of OSHA regulations for the safety of the college employees, its users and property.

  • Must have a clear understanding of the union contract and all college policies.

Additional Information

For the care and safety of our community, Smith College requires that all employees be vaccinated as a condition of employment and as such, the incumbent will be required to be immunized against COVID-19 on or before their first day of employment. Proof of vaccination status will be required. Individuals may seek medical or religious exemption with HR, but must do so prior to their arrival.

Please attach/upload a current resume and cover letter in order for your application to be considered for this position.

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About Smith College

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts.  A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges.

Smith College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Working at Smith College 

Founded in 1871, Smith College is the nation's largest liberal arts college for women. The reputation of the College as one of the finest in the country holds strong because of the dedicated work of our staff, faculty, and administration. We are a diverse group bringing to our community different talents, perspectives, and experiences. Our strength arises from this diversity and is sustained by a community value of providing an outstanding educational environment for our nearly 2,700 students. Smith College is located in Northampton, a lively town of 30,000 in the Connecticut River valley of western Massachusetts.

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