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Classification Description

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Classification Description

This is a description of a staff position at the University of Wyoming, not a job opening announcement. Current job openings can be found at the Prospective Employees page. The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities required.

Auxiliary Operator

Reports to: Designated Supervisor

UW Job Code: 6234

UW Job Family: 62

SOC Code: 51-8013

Pay Grade: 20

Date: July 01, 2008

Job Purpose:

Operates, inspects, and maintains auxiliary equipment and systems at the Central Energy Plant to provide heating and cooling needs to campus buildings.

Minimum Qualifications


Vocational School, On-the-Job Experience, or Associate's Degree


2 years work-related experience

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Basic mechanical principles, concepts and theories.
  • Basic electrical principles, concepts and theories.
  • Basic plumbing, utilities, distribution systems, controls, HVAC systems, including maintenance, troubleshooting and repair.
  • Basic construction drawings, blueprints, sketches, diagrams, and specifications.
  • The occupational hazards and safety precautions of the trade.
  • Current trade methods, materials, surface preparation and equipment.
  • University, state and federal regulations, statutes and ordinances.
  • Operation and maintenance within a power plant system of steam generating units, compressors, turbines, auxiliary equipment, chilled water systems and building electrical generators.
  • Data recording procedures for distinguishing equipment or system problems.
  • Water and pollution control tests.
  • Generator usage.
  • Pressure testing on high pressure steam pipes.

Skills and Abilities to:

  • Read, interpret, and work from basic and routine sketches, blueprints, specifications, and construction drawings.
  • Read, understand, and follow safety procedures.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Operate and monitor Plant equipment, systems, instrumentation and controls.
  • Test systems, log results, locate and resolve problems.
  • Maintain and repair power plant equipment and systems including emergency repairs and assisting bringing systems back online.
  • Conduct water and pollution control tests to maintain set standards.
  • Conduct generator tests.
  • Relay accurate information received for appropriate personnel after regular hours.
  • Safely and efficiently operate and use associated tools and equipment.
  • Move objects weighing 50 pounds regularly.
  • Work in elevated positions.
  • Monitor operating conditions by reading gauges, meters and automatic recording devices.
  • Inspect systems in use in the Central Energy Plant.
  • Operate and maintain Central Energy Plant equipment.
  • Work as a team member and foster a cooperative work environment.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

Operate and monitor Plant equipment and systems for effective and safe operation.

Record data noting problems with equipment or system conditions; take necessary corrective actions.

Conduct required water and pollution control tests to maintain plant, equipment and state standards.

Perform scheduled and emergency maintenance and repairs including testing diesel generator weekly.

Assist in restoring plant functions to normal following shut downs or power failures.

Supplemental Functions:

Receive and relay information to proper personnel on after hour calls.

Read and interpret blue prints, schematic diagrams and technical documents.

Working Conditions:

Power Plant environment; regular exposure to heat, dust, noise, heights, and confined spaces; regular exposure to electrical, mechanical, fire, or chemical hazards, and hazards associated with the use of Power Plant boiler equipment and power/manual tools.

Distinguishing Features:

Auxiliary Operator works under general supervision performing Operator I duties in the operation and maintenance of boilers and chiller equipment and systems within the Central Energy Plant, conducts water and pollution tests, records data to locate and resolve problems, and conducts generator tests.

Plant Operator works under limited supervision performing the duties of Operator I, and as the lead Operator functionally supervises and trains the less senior Operators in the operation and maintenance of boilers and chiller equipment and systems.

Technician/Operator (Central Energy Plant) works under limited supervision and provides project supervision while scheduling and coordinating maintenance and repairs, maintaining, repairing, and calibrating specialized electronic and pneumatic Central Energy Plant control systems and equipment to ensure uninterrupted operation. This position performs the functions of Operator I or Operator II as required.


Authorized by Classification/Compensation, Human Resources

Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. Participating in the University's hazardous waste minimization program is part of the job of each employee who uses (or may come in contact with) hazardous materials. Fair Labor Standards Act (exempt/non-exempt) is designated by position. University of Wyoming actively supports Americans with Disabilities Act and will consider reasonable accommodations.

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