Location: Bowling Green, KY Category: Staff Posted On: Mon Oct 22 2018 Job Description:
Purpose of Position
Under general supervision of the Central Heating Plant Supervisor, the Steam System Technician performs skilled work at the experienced trade level in the maintenance and repair of boilers, repair of pumps, fans and compressors, as well as being responsible for the steam distribution system campus wide.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
The following duties are customary for this position, but are not to be construed as all-inclusive. Duties may be altered based on management discretion and institutional needs.
Operate or tend steam distribution systems, boilers, and auxiliary equipment such as pumps, compressors, and related equipment, to supply and maintain steam or heat for campus
Observe and interpret readings on gauges, meters, and charts registering various aspects of boiler operation to ensure that boilers are operating properly
Test boiler water quality or arrange for testing and take necessary corrective action, such as adding chemicals to prevent corrosion and harmful deposits
Activate valves to maintain required amounts of water in boilers, to adjust supplies of combustion air, and to control the flow of fuel into burners
Monitor boiler water, chemical, and fuel levels, and make adjustments to maintain levels
Install, connect and adjusts various boiler controls
Monitor and inspect equipment, computer terminals, switches, valves, gauges, alarms, safety devices, and meters to detect leaks or malfunctions and to ensure optimum efficiency and safety
Maintain daily logs of operation, maintenance, and safety activities, including test results, instrument readings, and details of equipment malfunctions and maintenance work
Inspect, examine, or test installed systems or pipe lines, using pressure gauge, hydrostatic testing, observation, or other methods.
Attach pipes to walls, structures, or fixtures, such as radiators or tanks, using brackets, clamps, tools, or welding equipment
Assemble or secure pipes, tubes, fittings, or related equipment, according to specifications, by welding, brazing, cementing, soldering, or threading joints
Turn valves to shut off steam, water, or other gases or liquids from pipe sections, using valve keys or wrenches
Remove and replace worn components
Examine boilers, pressure vessels, tanks, or vats to locate defects, such as leaks, weak spots, or defective sections prior to repair
Bolt or arc weld pressure vessel structures and parts together, using wrenches or welding equipment
Inspect assembled vessels or individual components, such as tubes, fittings, valves, controls, or auxiliary mechanisms, to locate any defects
Repair or replace defective pressure vessel parts, such as safety valves or regulators, using torches, jacks, caulking hammers, power saws, threading dies, welding equipment, or metalworking machinery
Install manholes, handholes, taps, tubes, valves, gauges, or feedwater connections in drums of water tube and fire tube boilers, using hand tools
Study blueprints to determine locations, relationships, or dimensions of parts
Straighten or reshape metal parts, using hammers, jacks, or torches
Other general maintenance to include: disassembling machinery or equipment to remove parts and make repairs, reassemble equipment after completion of inspections, testing or repairs
Clean, lubricate or adjust parts, equipment or machinery
Secondary Duties and Responsibilities
Maintain excellent communication/customer service
Communicate bi-laterally with other DFM team members to coordinate work activities between groups
Perform other duties as required
Knowledge and Skills Essential for Success
Mechanical & operational knowledge of all machines & tools related to steam and hot water equipment
Ability to repair machines or systems using the needed tools
Ability to perform routine maintenance on equipment and determine maintenance
Ability to provide on-the-job training/coaching to other steam system technicians
Ability to read and interpret blueprints, specification sheets and schematics
Ability to and knowledge with installation of equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications
Possess basic computer skills, familiar with web/internet navigation, and willingness to learn and utilize new technology based products as applicable
Excellent communication and time management skills
Strong attention to detail with the ability to work effectively in a service-oriented environment
Possess strong problem solving skills with the ability to use logic and reasoning
Ability to work well individually and as a team member
Ability to provide excellent customer service
Ability to keep abreast of changing technology in order to update and apply new knowledge to the position
Ability to accept feedback and deal calmly and effectively with high stress situations
Physical Abilities Required
Ability to bend, crawl, reach, kneel, climb ladders & scaffolding, and able to navigate tight/confined spaces, as well as working in hot, noisy mechanical rooms, and work in both indoor and outdoor working conditions in all types of weather
Ability to perform strenuous physical labor, which includes heavy lifting, carrying up to 50 lbs. as well as standing, walking, reaching, carrying, stooping and kneeling
Must be able to wear protective eye wear, hearing protection, head protection, arc flash protection, or other appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) as the task dictates
High School Diploma or GED equivalency
Two years of experience in steam generation/production and distribution OR five years of experience in plumbing and/or mechanical repair
Must possess and maintain a valid Kentucky driver's license
Salary Grade: 106 Salary Range: $13.26-$16.76/hr
Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.
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Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify the office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services (EEO) at (270) 745- 5121, a minimum of five working days in advance.
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