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Abolished Date: 2015-08-14

Class Series Concept

Work in a highly complex power plant that provides steam, chilled water, electricity and emergency power to a large campus with a combined teaching, research, health care mission.  Operate and maintain multiple high-pressure superheated boilers (425 psi or greater), multiple chillers (2000 ton or greater), and at least one steam turbine electrical generator with a minimum 5000kW output.  Operate and monitor a complex steam and electrical power distribution system using a computer-monitored control system serving a population equivalent to a city of 50,000.  Operate and maintain several diesel generators which provide emergency power to a medical center for critical life-safety and other emergency power loads on campus.   Operate and maintain a high-pressure air system for instrument and control air.


Under general supervision of a lead person, follow established procedures to operate, maintain, and clean high-pressure, superheated boilers.  Operate, maintain, and clean other power plant equipment as directed.  Learn all aspects of plant operation to be able to independently operate the system in emergency situations.

Typical Work

Perform internal and external cleaning of boilers including steam drum and firebox areas.  Disassemble, remove and clean internal boiler components;

Clean fuel oil guns and fuel oil systems, and other equipment and areas in the power plant facility;

Assist higher level Power Plant Operating Engineers with operation of 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;

Assist with the operation of other power plant equipment including: combustion control equipment, ash conveyor systems, fuel systems, air compressors, electrical generating equipment, water analysis equipment, fans, blowers, and  turbines;

Assist with the maintenance and repair of power plant equipment;

Collect, log and print operational data and change recording charts, monitor fuel deliveries;

Perform water treatment testing and chemical additions;

Study required training materials, information, and training tasks while on shift to become qualified to independently operate boilers and other equipment within the power plant facility;

Maintain safe operating practices and comply with other local, state, and federal regulatory requirements while on shift;

Perform minor maintenance and repairs while on shift and perform other emergency repairs necessary to maintain continuous operation;

Perform assigned clean-up duties within the facility;

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 three years experience in operation and maintenance of boilers and related systems


Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New class adopted October 11, 1996.

Revise Class.  Revises class code (formerly 5640), general revision, deletes basic function,  revises distinguishing characteristics, and changes distinguishing characteristics to definition; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.

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