University of Chicago Utility Plant Operator in Chicago, Illinois

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Operates, maintains and monitors boilers, chillers and all auxiliary equipment located in Steam & Chiller Plants and distribution systems. Responsible for monitoring other equipment as assigned. Performs work in accordance with University standards and procedures.

Operates and maintains efficient firing of gas or oil fired boilers and chiller systems. Turns valves and adjusts controls to set specified fuel feed, draft openings, water level, and steam pressure of boiler. Operates and maintains turbines, pumps, motors, air compressors, fans, and all other steam plant equipment. Observes pressure, temperature, and draft meters on panel to verify specified operation of automatic combustion control systems, feed water regulators and burners. Observes boilers and all auxiliary equipment to detect malfunctions and makes repairs, such as changing burners and tightening pipes and fittings. Ensures that water and steam treatment are appropriately tested and treated. Maintains appropriate log of meter and gauge readings and records such data. Records operation and maintenance actions taken during shift in operator's logbook. Maintains equipment by tightening fittings, repacking bearings, lubricating, replacing packing glands, gaskets, valves, steam traps, recorders, and gauges, and cleaning or replacing burners or other components. Dismantles defective chiller, boiler, plant and distribution equipment; installs new or repaired parts and piping. perates welding equipment to cut or weld parts and install or repair piping when assigned to maintenance. Requisitions materials and supplies using in-house procedures as needed. Keeps working area safe and clean. Troubleshoots all equipment associated with boilers and chillers and identifies and solves problems. Interprets equipment and piping documentation to troubleshoot and make repairs. Instructs and directs assistant utility plant operator and other workers assigned to assist in the operation of the plants. Repairs or maintains equipment. Responsible for operations of plants in absence of supervisors. Helps introduce new employees to shop protocol, procedures and campus applications and equipment. Wears and/or uses appropriate safety equipment. Uses computers to operate equipment; enters and accesses job related information. Undertakes training related to job duties as deemed necessary by the University. Performs related job duties as may be assigned.


High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required. City of Chicago Stationary Engineer's License, current valid driver's license, other licenses or certificates needed for this position as required by law required. Universal EPA Refrigerant Certification required.

Completion of job-related apprenticeship program preferred. Advanced job-related training programs preferred. Completion of job-related associates degree (AA) preferred. ASME Welding Certification preferred. Coursework completion or certification in one or more of the following core competencies: heating and ventilation, basic electrical, pipe fitting and fluid-handling systems, building automation systems or an encompassing certification such as in physical plant maintenance preferred.


Minimum of two years related experience required.

A minimum of four years central plant operations experience with at least two years of high-pressure steam plant operations experience preferred. Some welding experience preferred. Chiller plant operation experience or the ability to acquire these skills through extensive training and testing preferred.


Demonstrated ability to access computer programs and use or learn basic computer operations related to position requirements required. Demonstrated ability to read and interpret documents including: blue prints, plans, drawings and schemata required. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing required. Demonstrated ability to perform mathematical functions relevant to the position required. Demonstrated ability to solve problems required. Must demonstrate mechanical aptitude and manual dexterity and be physically capable of strenuous activity over extended periods of time. Must be able to lift and move loads appropriate to job requirements and be able to bend and work in a kneeling position for periods of time. Must be able to climb stairs and ladders, be capable of working at heights as required, be able to enter and work within tight spaces, and be able to withstand extreme hot and cold temperatures required.

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Requisition Number: 103245

Departmental Job Title: Utility Plant Operator

Type of Position: Staff

Number of Positions Available: 1

Division: Facilities Services

Department: 9065701-Facilities-Steam Plant

Work Location: Campus - Hyde Park

Work Schedule: Full-Time

Hours/Week: 40.0

If other than regular hours (M-F, 8:30-5:00) please detail: Rotating Shift - All hours

Benefits Eligible?: Yes

Union (If applicable): 045-Local 73, S.E.I.U. Skilled Trades - Campus

Pay Grade: Local 73, S.E.I.U

Pay Range: $39.85

Pay Frequency: Biweekly

Does this position require incumbent to operate a vehicle on the job?: Yes

Is a Background Check Required?: Yes

Is Drug Testing Required?: No

Employee Referral Bonus Amount: None

Posting Date: 07-28-2017

Remove from posting on or before: 01-28-2018