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Abolished Date: 2015-08-14


Operate and maintain multiple high-pressure superheated boilers and other power plant equipment in a complex steam, power, and chilled water generating facility. Ensure uninterrupted generation of steam, electrical power, and chilled water to a large campus. Operate and monitor complex electrical power distribution system.  Operate and maintain multiple diesel-power generators which provide immediate emergency power to a medical center and other life-safety and critical emergency power loads on campus.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Under general supervision, independently operate and maintain multiple high-pressure superheated boilers.  Assist higher level Power Plant Operating Engineers with the overall operation of the power plant facility and campus power distribution system. Assist with the training of assigned personnel in the operation of equipment and systems within the facility.

Typical Work

Operate multiple high-pressure superheated boilers (425 psi or greater) and other lower-pressure boilers (185 psi), up to an individual boiler capacity of 250,000 pounds or more per hour, and all auxiliary equipment;

Operate one or more 5000kW turbine generators and multiple emergency diesel power generators to ensure life safety and maintain critical power loads on the campus;

Operate and monitor electrical power distribution systems for the campus: visually monitor power distribution, isolate disruptions, and use manual and computerized controls to adjust and reconfigure power distribution;

Operate Continuous Emissions Monitoring System (CEMS); ensure that other assigned facility equipment is operating within CEMS-monitored parameters;

Operate multiple (2000 ton or greater) chilled water production equipment and associated chilled water distribution systems;

Operate water treatment and other auxiliary and ancillary power plant equipment and associated distribution systems. Perform water treatment testing and chemical additions;

Assist with training of assigned personnel regarding operation of equipment and systems within the facility;

Maintain operation of assigned equipment while on shift within the parameters set forth by the facility’s EPA Air Operating Permit;

Prepare abnormal operations reports and other required reports, perform data logging, and maintain shift operations log;

Monitor and inspect operation of equipment and systems within the power plant; identify and correct deficiencies as required;

Perform the duties of a Power Plant Operating Engineer 1;

Perform related duties as required.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification.  It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Applicable Steam Engineer License required by local municipality, if any; and four years experience in operation and maintenance of boilers and related systems.  Must include one year of experience with operation of high-pressure superheated boilers, turbine generators, and/or diesel generators, feedwater systems, oil and natural gas fuel systems, air emissions monitoring equipment, and related auxiliary systems;


Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New class adopted October 11, 1996.
Revise class. Revises class code (formerly 5641), general revision, change basic function to definition; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.

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