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Water Lab Technician / Power Plant Technician I

Michigan State University
East Lansing

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job no: 947663
Work type: Support Staff
Pay Grade: 55
Major Administrative Unit / College: Infrastructure Planning And Facilities
Department: Ipf Power And Water 10072894
Sub Area: 324- Operating Engin
Salary: 26.80
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Operations Services, Power Plant Engineers, Operating Engineers- 324, Full Time (90-100%), Union
Position Summary

Salary $26.80 - $31.88 hourly upon meeting progression requirements. MSU Benefits - Free comprehensive health care for you and your family as well as a 10% contribution toward your retirement; Generous sick, vacation, personal and holiday time; Not eligible to work a partial remote schedule.

While working as part of the Instrumentation and Control group, this position is focused on water lab duties including testing and chemically treating boiler feed water and cooling water systems, maintaining inventory and overall condition of an industrial chemistry lab, and routinely inventorying and ordering reagents and other lab supplies.

This position assists in performing routine preventative maintenance functions such as overhaul and calibration of pressure gauges, transmitters, flow meters, pressure regulating valves, fluid control valves, mechanical operators, electric recorders, electronic and digital control circuits, and other associated equipment. The incumbent will operate test equipment such as manometers, O2 analyzers, thermometers, voltmeters, etc. and use power tools such as drills, grinders, hacksaws, tubing benders, etc. Occasional after-hours and weekend work may be required. Duties involve working in a noisy, hot, dusty environment; wearing a respirator while working with chemicals; performing service work in confined areas; and walking, lifting, carrying, pushing/pulling, reaching, and climbing ladders.

Regular in-person attendance is required to meet business and customer needs.

In addition to an initial drug test at hire, the employer conducts random monthly drug testing throughout the year.

This position will engage in high performing, leading edge practices, valuing people, partners and stewardship. At IPF, we are committed to fostering an equitable, inclusive culture; engaging and hiring a diverse workforce.

Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

This position requires a minimum of a high school education and two years of experience in a chemistry, electrical, electronics, or industrial-related occupation, or an equivalent combination of experience and education. Some knowledge of materials, tools, and equipment, occupational hazards and safety precautions of the trade. Occasional lifting of up to 50 pounds. Must provide own hand tools.

Desired Qualifications

Associate degree in chemistry, electronics, or a science-related field of study. General understanding of power generation facilities and processes. Experience collecting samples and performing lab chemistry analysis, setting up, testing, are repairing industrial analyzers, transmitters and associated equipment. The ideal candidate is results-oriented with strong oral and written communication skills, problem-solving skills, and good customer relations/service skills, as well as the ability to work independently and within a team. Understanding of occupational hazards and safety precautions in an industrial environment, including working at heights, in confined spaces, and in climates with noise and temperature extremes.

A creative and innovative lifelong learner with the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse population; able to problem solve within a collaborative team environment; ability to understand different perspectives while utilizing expert knowledge of the technical operations of the job.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Application Materials

Please submit a cover letter and an up-to-date resume.

Work Hours

Monday through Friday 6:30am to 3:00pm and will require after-hours, weekend and holiday work.



Summary of Physical Demands

Lifting up to 50 pounds, Carrying 40 pounds, Pushing/Pulling 50 pounds, Climbing ladder with 30 pounds and stairs with 40 pounds.

Summary of Health Risks

Possible exposure to repirable silica and asbestos.

Bidding Eligibility ends May 14, 2024 at 11:55 PM

Advertised: May 8, 2024 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: May 21, 2024 Eastern Daylight Time


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