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Power Plant Operator Senior

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Posting Date

5/26/2021 12:00:00 AM

Position Information

Title:  Power Plant Operator Senior

Essential Job Functions

This position reports to the Power Plant Superintendent and will operate and service heat/chill equipment which provides heating and chilling to 16 buildings which are all connected by a series of underground tunnels. This position will also perform preventative maintenance of air handling equipment, make minor repairs to equipment, apply chemicals to boilers, tower, and chilled water systems.  This position works rotating shifts including nights, weekends, and holidays.

This position includes the following responsibilities:

  • Operate and service high-pressure gas and oil boilers: 2-60,000 pph water tube, 1-30,000 pph water tube, 2-15,500pph steam generators.
  • Operate diesel-driven electric generators, air compressors, and centrifugal and positive displacement pumps.
  • Operate and service fuel, hydraulic, and pneumatic systems.
  • Operate: 1-725 ton stream-driven centrifugal chiller, 1-1200 ton electric-driven centrifugal chiller and 1-1400 ton electric-driven chiller and a variety of related auxiliary equipment.
  • Independently make inspection of Heat/Chill Plant three times per shift; beginning, middle and end.
  • Monitor Energy Management Computer at least once an hour for HVAC alarms on systems, and take appropriate action.
  • Learn language and procedures in operating computer-controlled equipment.           
  • Respond to fire and security alarms and take appropriate action.
  • Receive and respond to emergency phone calls.  Notify security using phone or radio in a timely and professional manner.  Contact police, fire department, or ambulance if needed.
  • Respond and take appropriate action during power outages.  Switch from normal power to emergency electrical generators and back when power is restored.
  • Monitor, replace, and calibrate gauges. 
  • Service, repair, and replace pumps and gaskets. 
  • Loosen and tighten fittings, fixtures, and/or pipes.   
  • Assist the Power Plant Operator-In Charge in repairing equipment.  
  • Service diesel-driven electric generators and air compressors.
  • Service and repair fluid (fuel, hydraulic, and pneumatic) systems.
  • Service: 1-725 ton steam-driven centrifugal chiller, 1-1200 ton electric-driven centrifugal chiller and 1-1400 ton electric-driven chiller and a variety of related auxiliary equipment. 
  • Paint and perform custodial, grounds maintenance, and snow removal tasks at Heat/Chill Plant.
  • Repair or replace sump pumps.
  • Walk tunnel and inspect systems, clean and paint.
  • Grease and repack expansion joints.
  • Assemble, repair, install, and replace valves.
  • Repair condensate system valves and piping.
  • Perform a steam trap survey semi-annually and repair or replace steam traps.
  • Perform chemical testing of boiler, cooling, and chilled water systems.
  • Weigh and add chemicals to achieve proper chemistry control.
  • Test water softeners and dealkalizers and adjust as required.
  • Perform boiler blow downs to achieve proper chemistry control.


  • High school diploma at time of application 
  • 1 year operating and maintaining high pressure steam boilers or an ASOPE PPOE3 license 

  • 2 years experience operating high pressure boilers or ASOPE PPOE3 license
  • 2 years operating centrifugal chillers with a chilled water system 
  • Experience using and monitoring a building automation system

The successful candidate will be expected to work inclusively and respectfully within a diverse campus community and practice civility in the workplace.  The University welcomes applicants who are dedicated to the appreciation and promotion of inclusivity and equity as crucial components in the pursuit of organizational excellence.

In addition, the successful candidate will have strong oral, written, interpersonal, and organizational skills, demonstrated integrity and strong leadership, and the willingness to work independently and as part of a collaborative team. The University invites applicants who are dedicated to enriching the quality of life for students and the community by embracing the educational value of diversity, promoting environmental sustainability, encouraging engaged citizenship, and serving as an intellectual, cultural, and economic resource.

Conditions Of Appointment

Position is a full-time University Staff appointment.  This position will be on a rotating shift schedule working one week on and one week off, switching between days and nights and will include holidays. These shifts will be up to twelve hour shifts during the scheduled two-week pay period and an occasional 16-hours shift. 

A criminal conviction investigation and pre-work screen examination will be conducted on the finalist(s).  A six-month probationary period is required for this position. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, the University does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.

All final candidates must be asked, prior to hire, whether they have been found to have engaged in, are currently under investigation for, or left employment during an active investigation in which they were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment. When obtaining employment reference checks, these same sexual violence or sexual harassment questions must also be asked.

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources.


Minimum salary of $22.50.

This position will earn an additional $0.60 per hour for all weekend hours worked and an additional $0.45 per hour for all hours worked between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.

This position is not exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

The UW System provides an excellent benefits package, including participation in the Wisconsin State Retirement System.

To Apply

STEP 1: Please select the applicable link below:

External Applicants: (NOT currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)
Internal Applicants: (Currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)

STEP 2: From "Search Jobs" screen,
  • Click "View All Jobs"
  • Select "Power Plant Operator Senior"
    • You must login before you can apply. Input your "User Name" and "Password" and select "Sign In."
    • If you have not yet registered, click "Register Now" to begin the registration process.

STEP 3: Submit application materials:

Please be sure to complete all required fields, and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials. Files must be complete to be considered. Please include the following documents:

  • Cover letter that specifically addresses qualifications for the essential job functions
  • Resume
  • Names and contact information for three references

You must select "Submit" to forward your application materials to the search committee.

If you have any questions, need accommodations, or submitted your application with missing materials, call or email:

Human Resources
Phone: (920) 465-2390

Application Deadline

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Sunday, June 13, 2021.

Note: The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis.Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

For more information regarding the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and the surrounding area, see our Campus and Community section. For Campus Safety information see our University Police website and our Annual Security Report (for a paper copy please contact the Office of Human Resources at (920) 465-2390). This report includes statistics about reported crimes, as well as information about crime prevention and campus security policies and procedures.

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is an Affirmative Action Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to achieving a diverse workforce and to maintaining a community which welcomes and values a climate supporting equal opportunity and difference among its members. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital or parental status, genetic information, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, veteran or military status (including disabled veteran, recently separated veteran, other protected veteran, or Armed Forces service medal veteran status), age, or disability.