Lead Boiler Plant Operator

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Work type: Staff
Location: Big Rapids, MI 49307
Categories: Service/Maintenance

Position Title: Lead Boiler Plant Operator  
Location: Big Rapids (Main Campus)  

55404 - Power Plant Operations

Advertised Salary: $29.13 - $31.21 hourly rate pursuant to the FSU and AFSCME/AFL-CIO Agreement  
FLSA: Non-Exempt  
Temporary/Continuing:  Continuing  
Part-Time/Full-Time: Full-Time  
Union Group: Custodial, Maintenance, Dining, Skilled Trade (AFSCME Local 1609)  
Term of Position: 12 Month  
At Will/Just Cause: Just Cause  
Summary of Position: Perform skilled trades work in operating and maintaining boilers and associated equipment of University owned property. Coordinate with contracted partners and University staff to maintain required regulatory information, coordinate required inspections and coordinate vendor support. Currently the anticipated shift for this position will be M-F, 3:00 pm – 11:30 pm.

Assignment requires availability to work weekends and evening shifts as needed and respond to emergency calls. Required to carry pagers. If required by job duties, employee must be able to fulfill the University requirements concerning issuance and use of University keys.
Position Type: Staff  
Required Education: High school diploma or GED equivalency.

Required Work Experience: No additional work experience needed beyond what is required to obtain the City of Grand Rapids Boiler Engineer License or 2nd Class Stationary Engineer license.  
Required Licenses and Certifications: Valid driver’s license.

Valid City of Grand Rapids High Pressure Boiler Operator’s license or equivalent certification for 1st or 2nd class stationary engineer per State of Michigan Board of Boiler Rules.
Physical Demands:    
Additional Education/Experiences to be Considered: Familiar with boiler controls to manually adjust pre-programmed setpoints on boiler control system.

US military experience in the operation of steam powered systems.

Boiler chemical treatment experience.
Essential Duties/Responsibilities: Disassemble boilers for cleaning.

Ensure proper feed water treatment of all assigned boilers to include proper chemical analysis and interpretation.

Familiar with boiler plant transmitters and knowledgeable in instrumentation controls.

Inspect steam tunnel transmitters and make repairs as directed.

Lubricate and perform preventative maintenance on boilers, associated equipment, safety devices, and appurtenant systems.

Maintain assigned tools; keep equipment and mechanical space in a neat, organized and clean non-hazardous environment.

Coordinate with vendors for required support, service, and material or supplies delivery.

Coordinate with risk management and engineering partners to maintain all required regulatory information.

Coordinate with service organizations to maintain all required inspections and regulatory certifications of equipment.

Maintain calibration log sheets.

Maintain logs, records, and all safety testing information.

Maintain system flow and differential pressure transmitters.

Maintain, repair, inspect, repack, and/or lubricate condensate return systems, steam traps, PR valves, heat exchangers, steam piping, condensate piping and other steam and boiler related appurtenances.

Maintain, troubleshoot, and operate fire eye controllers and other boiler control devices.

Monitor air for confined space entry.

Operate boilers manually when automatic controls not available or malfunctioning.

Operate computer system for boiler and administrative purposes.

Paint boiler and related equipment as needed.

Regenerate chemical tanks and run all required water tests on boiler water, return, and soft water.

Regenerate water softeners and dealkalizers.

Repack and/or rebuild valves, pumps, etc.

Re-pipe boilers and related equipment as needed.

Requisition of materials and parts.

Start boilers from cold position to bring to full operating pressure and place on line; removes from line and secures.

Inspect and investigate irregularities of steam distribution and condensate return system components on campus.

Use the computerized monitoring system and generate miscellaneous trends for system troubleshooting.

Work with boiler PLC controls to adjust programs as needed for steam delivery.

Understand proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Other duties may be assigned.

Maintain safety and security of equipment, vehicles, keys, tools, materials, and inventories.

Maintain safety, health, and quality standards and comply with various regulations in all duties and responsibilities.

Report to immediate supervisor.

Any other duties assigned within the position classification area.

Demonstrates an understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially in working relationships with students, faculty, staff and community members.
Marginal Duties/Responsibilities: Answer phones and operate radio.

Train others in the performance of the characteristic duties.
Skills and Abilities: Be familiar with general ASME piping procedures.

Communicate effectively with students, staff, faculty and visitors.

Direct and train others in the performance of the characteristic duties.

Erect and work from ladders, scaffolding, boom truck, and related devices.

Familiar with computerized monitoring system to generate miscellaneous trends for system troubleshooting.

Familiar with boiler PLC controls to down load or up load new programs as need.

Have thorough knowledge of high pressure boiler operation and feed water treatment.

Keep and maintain accurate records.

Maintain University standards of good workmanship in both quality and quantity for building space.

Operate a personal computer and associated Microsoft software (i.e., Word, Excel, etc.).

Perform mathematical computations with a high degree of accuracy.

Read, understand, interpret, and follow blueprints, sketches, job specifications, layout piping systems, directions, safety labels, equipment operations manuals, etc.

Understand and know methods, materials, tools, equipment, occupational hazards, and safety precautions of the trade.

Understand, use good judgment, and follow procedures established through safety training and the physical plant safety manual.

Work harmoniously with others in situations of variable temperatures; occasional noise; stressful workloads; and inclement weather environments.

Work independently and with other trades (plumbing, HVACR, electrical, carpentry, paint, grounds, and custodial).

Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Required Documents:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
Optional Documents:    
Special Instructions to Applicants:    
Initial Application Review Date:
Open Until Position is Filled?: Yes  
Posting Close Date:
EEO Statement: Ferris State University, an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, is committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity within its community. Ferris offers employment opportunities to qualified candidates seeking careers in a student-focused environment that values opportunity, collaboration, diversity and educational excellence.  Learn more about the Ferris Mission and community at ferris.edu. The University actively seeks applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups. For more information on the University’s Policy on Non-Discrimination, visit: Ferris Non-Discrimination Statement.  

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