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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.

Mechanic-Operator (Central Energy Plant)

Reports to: Designated Supervisor

UW Job Code: 6213

UW Job Family: 62

SOC Code: 17-3027

Pay Grade: 22

Date: July 01, 2004

Job Purpose:

Performs power plant equipment and systems maintenance to meet heating and air-conditioning needs of the University; acts as Operator I or Operator II, Central Energy Plant, as directed (see other job descriptions for details of job tasks/duties).

Minimum Qualifications


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


Two years work-related experience

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Basic and routine mechanical principles, concepts and theories
  • Basic and routine electrical principles, concepts and theories
  • Basic and routine construction drawings, blueprints, sketches, diagrams, and specifications
  • The occupational hazards and safety precautions of the trade
  • Current trade methods, materials, surface preparation, equipment operation, maintenance and repair principles and procedures
  • University, state and federal regulations, statutes and ordinances
  • Basic auxiliary operations within a power plant
  • Boilers, soot blowers, diesel engines, generators, air compressors, turbines, chillers and auxiliary equipment, their operation, maintenance and repair
  • Water and flue gas analysis
  • Functional supervision methods, techniques and practices

Skills and Abilities to:

  • Read, interpret, and work from basic and routine sketches, blueprints, specifications, and construction drawings
  • Read, understand, follow and enforce safety procedures
  • Understand and carry out oral and written instructions
  • Communicate clearly and concisely
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Maintain and repair power plant equipment and systems
  • Maintain and repair coal conveying systems and feed water pumps
  • Rebuild and repair air compressors
  • Repair supply, return and exhaust fans
  • Perform functions of Operator I or Operator II
  • Maintain effective supervisory relationships
  • Assist with draining and refilling heating and cooling systems
  • Safely and efficiently operate and use associated tools and equipment
  • Operate Central Energy Plant systems and equipment
  • Work as team member and foster a cooperative work environment

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

Maintain and repair power plant equipment and systems including boilers, soot blowers, diesel engines, generators, air compressors, turbines and chillers.

Maintain coal conveying system and feed water pumps.

Rebuild and repair air compressors.

Repair supply, return, and exhaust fans.

Perform functions of Operator I or Operator II, as directed, usually performing filling in for employees who are out on vacation/sick or other leave. (See appropriate Job Descriptions for job tasks/duties.)

Supplemental Functions:

Assist in the design and implementation of mechanical alterations to new and existing equipment.

Assist Operator in draining and refilling heating and cooling systems.

Assist in supervision of trainees.

Working Conditions:

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

Distinguishing Features:

Mechanic Operator works under general supervision performing power plant equipment and system maintenance, rebuilds air compressors, maintains coal conveying systems and feed water pumps, repairs supply, return and exhaust fans, functionally supervises Operators and performs function of Operator I or Operator II as directed.

Mechanic Operator, Senior, works under limited supervision performing the duties of the Mechanic Operator and as the lead worker functionally supervises and trains employees performing power plant equipment and system maintenance.

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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