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Laramie, WY 82071-2000
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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.

Plant Operator

Reports to: Designated Supervisor

UW Job Code: 6235

UW Job Family: 62

SOC Code: 51-8013

Pay Grade: 22

Date: July 01, 2004

Job Purpose:

Operates, inspects, and maintains boilers, chillers, and other equipment and systems within the Central Energy Plant to provide heating and cooling needs to campus buildings.

Minimum Qualifications


Associate's degree


Two years of work-related experience

Required Licensure, Certification, Registration, or Other Requirements:


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 plumbing, utilities, distribution systems, controls, HVAC systems, including maintenance, troubleshooting and repair.
  • 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 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.
  • Training and functional supervision methods and techniques.

Skills and Abilities to:

  • Operate multi-fuel, high pressure, high temperature boilers, liquid centrifugal chiller units, and equipment within a power plant operation.
  • Monitor gauges and equipment and make appropriate adjustments or take corrective action.
  • Train in the operation and maintenance of boilers and chillers under normal and emergency conditions
  • 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.
  • Provide functional supervision.
  • Maintain effective supervisory relationships.
  • Operate and monitor Plant equipment, systems, instrumentation and control.
  • Test systems, log results, locate and resolve problems.
  • Record data effectively to locate and resolve problem areas effectively.
  • 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.
  • Monitor and record coal shipment for quality control.
  • 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.

Characteristc Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

Operate multi-fuel, high pressure, high temperature boilers, liquid centrifugal chiller units, and other equipment in the Central Energy Plant.

Monitor gauges and equipment; make adjustments or take corrective action as necessary.

Train Plant Operators in the operation and maintenance of boilers and chillers under normal and emergency conditions.

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

Operate and test backup electrical generation systems.

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

Monitor and record coal shipment for quality control.

Confer with other Operators regarding current operation information and problems.

Perform scheduled and emergency maintenance and repairs.

Restore plant functions to normal following shut downs or power failures.

Supplemental Functions:

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

Conduct tours of the facility.

Maintain designated area in clean and safe operating condition.

Working Conditions:

Power Plant environment; regular exposure to heat, dust, noise, heights and confined spaces; regular exposure to mechanical, electrical, and chemical hazards; occasional exposure to explosive hazards; frequent exposure to hazards associated with use of power/hand 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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