Job Details

Pennsylvania State University
  • Position Number: 5234828
  • Location: University Park, PA
  • Position Type: Facilities Management

Boiler Operator

Finance and Business is a values driven organization that supports thousands of university faculty, staff, and students, while also providing services to the broader community and society. The Office of Physical Plant is part of the Finance and Business team and is an organization driven by its mission to "Provide Excellent Facilities Services for Penn State." The Office of Physical Plant's values follow those of Penn State's and we are especially committed to our vision to be nationally recognized as a leader in Higher Education facilities, environmental, and safety management. In our search for excellence we foster a unified high-performing team with mutual respect for each person's uniqueness, talents, value, and perspective. We also firmly believe in Penn State's value of Respect, which encourages us to "respect and honor the dignity of each person, embrace civil discourse, and foster a diverse and inclusive community." As an incoming team member of the Office of Physical Plant, it will be expected that all employees embody and model Penn State's and Finance and Business's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Perform duties required to start, stop, operate and monitor all power plant systems and utilities
  • Operate power plant equipment and auxiliaries such as oil fired and natural gas fired boilers, combustion turbines, steam turbines, and heat recovery steam generators
  • Check and adjust operating parameters such as boiler water level, steam pressure, quality of stack emissions, steam temperature, boiler flue gas temperature, furnace pressure, etc.
  • Detect equipment or system problems, initiate emergency procedures when malfunctions occur, and contact the Lead Power Plant Operator or Supervisor for further instructions
  • Maintain awareness of personnel within the Plant; safeguard equipment and personnel
  • At the direction of the Lead Power Plant Operator, tour facility to observe operations, gather required meter readings, and make necessary equipment adjustments
  • Clean, lubricate, and perform preventative maintenance and minor repairs on power plant systems and components such as steam traps, valves, and pipes
  • Detect and report unusual conditions and/or defective materials to appropriate personnel
  • Inspect and service power plant equipment as part of annual requirements; report discrepancies to appropriate personnel
  • Assist higher grade Operators and Mechanics with maintenance and repairs
  • Maintain various records concerning plant operations to include inspection and maintenance schedules, reports of systems readings, fuel supplies, and orders, etc.
  • Operate various hand and power tools such as drills, grinders, pipe wrenches, pipe threader, saws, etc.
  • Maintain work areas and equipment in a safe, clean, and orderly condition
  • Operate University vehicles in the performance of assigned duties


Job Requirements: Requires the use of shop mathematics together with the use of complicated drawings, specifications, charts, tables, various types of adjustable measuring instruments and the training generally applicable in a particular or specialized occupation. Equivalent to 1 to 3 years applied trades training. 2 to 3 years of effective experience.

Work Schedule: Rotating

Days Off: Rotating

NOTE: THIS POSITION REQUIRES THAT YOU OPERATE A MOTOR VEHICLE AS A PART OF YOUR JOB DUTIES. A VALID DRIVER`S LICENSE AND SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF A MOTOR VEHICLE RECORDS CHECK WILL BE REQUIRED IN ADDITION TO STANDARD BACKGROUND CHECKS.

NOTE: EMPLOYEE MUST BE ABLE TO WEAR A RESPIRATOR AND WILL BE SUBJECT TO MEDICAL CLEARANCE.

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and sustainability in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity in society and nature, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.


Apply online at https://psu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/PSU_Staff/job/Penn-State-University-Park/Boiler-Operator_REQ_0000054737-1

CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS: For more about safety at Penn State, and to review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters, please go to http://www.police.psu.edu/clery/, which will also provide you with detail on how to request a hard copy of the Annual Security Report.

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.





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