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Utility Plant Operator 2 (Relief Operator)

Announcement Number: 97120-13-66-I
Utility Plant Operator 2 (Relief Operator)
Location: Department of Facilities Management - Heating Plant
Other Information: Permanent Full-Time - Forty (40) hours per week
Supervisor:Mr. James Ulshafer, Heating Plant Foreman
Date Posted: August 8, 2013
Last Day to Apply: August 22, 2013 prior to 4:00 p.m.
Contact Person: Ms. Kristina Wood - Human Resources (570) 389-4933
Rate of Pay: Pay Range 4 $15.63 (hourly) $1250.40 (bi-weekly)

Essential Elements of Position:

The incumbent performs routine manual work in the custodial care of the campus buildings and furnishings, including cleaning and clearing of building entrance walkways. This position is considered an essential personnel position.

Essential Elements of Position:

IIncumbent performs skilled mechanical and/or lead work in the operation of boilers and auxiliary equipment for steam generation at the University Utility Plant.  This position is considered an essential personnel position.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Lubricates pumps, checks water levels and steam pressure to assure safe and constant steam; adds chemicals to water as directed; fires boilers; tests boiler water; removes ashes, blows down boilers, cleans flues, and lubricates equipment according to prescribed schedule on assigned shift.
Assists in the maintenance and repair of plant equipment.
Unloads coal and bio-fuel (wood) trucks, as needed, and clean/sweep coal dock.
Cleans all components of boilers and generating rooms and other related general housekeeping duties in a coal and bio-fuel fired steam generating plant on a regular basis.
Controls the operation of the University Utility Plant on an assigned shift.
Starts up and secures and/or banks boilers in accordance with weather demands, breakdowns, or instructions.
Identifies and monitors changes that indicate impending difficulties in steam generation and advise superiors by telephone, when conditions could damage equipment or endanger lives, as necessary.
Makes adjustments and repairs to boilers, pumps, and auxiliary equipment; packs pumps, valves, and fittings.
Tests water for proper softness and balance; adds chemicals to boiler water, as needed.
Makes periodic readings of graphs and charts, keeps shift records of fuel consumed and steam produced.
Operates small steam and/or electrical motor driven fans, pumps, and auxiliary equipment.
Practices safety measures to prevent accidents and injuries, and makes periodic inspections of entire boiler plant operations, to ensure proper and safe operation and compliance with applicable regulations.
Participates in training and education activities, as requested.
May operate state-owned vehicles, requiring valid current Commonwealth of Pennsylvania operator's license.

Applicant must possess these skills, knowledge, and abilities or to be able to explain and
demonstrate that they can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable
accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.

Knowledge of utility plant safety procedures.
Knowledge of the principles governing the operation of steam boilers and auxiliary equipment.
Knowledge of operational the hazards and safety precautions used in boiler operations.
Knowledge the standard tools and practices used in the maintenance and repair of stem boilers and auxiliary equipment.
Ability to lead the work of semi-skilled and unskilled workers.
Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
Ability to read meters and gauges and to maintain accurate records of plant operation.
Good physical condition and strength sufficient to perform heavy manual work and lift up to 80 pounds and to work in areas of relatively high temperatures.

Necessary Requirement:  Valid current Commonwealth of Pennsylvania operator’s license required for operation of state-owned vehicles.

Necessary Special Requirement:  Must be physically able to wear a full-face respirator as required for certain duties.  Determination of ability to meet this requirement is determined by an approved occupational physician.

Minimum Experience and Training:  Two years experience as a Utility Plant Operator I or three years of comparable boiler plant experience, or any equivalent combination of experience and training.

Finalist must communicate well and successfully complete an interview.

Completing this search is contingent on available funding.

Application Procedure

In order to receive consideration, submit a Seniority Bidding, Transfer and Internal Application Request Form and a resume or Bloomsburg University Merit Systems Employment Application to the Office of Human Resources and Labor Relations by 4:00 p.m. on the last day to apply. Bidding forms are available at Human Resources located in Room 134, Waller Administration Building or on the “S” Drive in the Human Resources folder.

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania is committed to equal educational and employment opportunities for all persons without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, disability and veteran status.