Boiler Operator - 11880BR

Boiler Operator

Central Operations & Maint.
Employee Class: 
B-University Support Staff

Position Overview

Facilities Services supports KU's mission of learning, scholarship, and creative endeavor by operating and maintaining the University's physical plant and grounds. The incumbent will be responsible for the operation, maintenance and repair of low or high-pressure steam boilers and related mechanical equipment and systems in an institutional Power Plant. Work involves operating and maintaining low or stationary high-pressure boilers, water softeners, chillers, compressors, generators and other equipment in a central heating and power plant. Work includes maintaining constant surveillance over equipment operation by reading gauges, meters and charts and by testing water and recording this information in ensure efficiency and safety. Work also includes assisting in minor maintenance and repair work in the power plant. Work is performed in accordance with established procedures and is subject to inspection by the shift supervisor.

In addition to a competitive salary, KU offers great benefits to employees with up to 176 hours of paid vacation per year, 72 hours of sick leave earned per year, nine paid holidays plus one discretionary day, a retirement program, medical & dental insurance, life and disability insurance, other benefit plan options and State of Kansas discounts offered by various vendors. KU also offers employees educational and professional development opportunities.

KU is a great place to work!

Job Description

30% - Operation and Inspection: Operates boilers, dearators, valves, automatic and manual controls. Maintains water level, temperature and steam pressure. Checks for proper operation of safety alarms, pumps, valves and piping systems. Reads gauges, thermometers and charts and records information. Assists with or performs personally Inspections of boilers, pumps, valves, piping systems and associated auxiliary equipment for proper operation to determine repair or preventive maintenance scheduling and does water testing. This requires working from inside the boilers accessible through openings approximately 12” by 16”. Notifies proper personnel to correct malfunction with any of the services provided by the power plant. For instance, steam, water, safety alarms, electrical feeders when non-standard readings are found. Maintains daily operational records of boilers, pumps, dearators and air compressors. Requires the ability to perform basic mathematical computations and the ability to read and comprehend controlling instruments.
30% - Piping Systems: Assists in Fabrication, assembling, installation and maintaining piping systems, valves and equipment for boilers, pumps, steam, condensate, feed-water, cooling water, pneumatics and lubricating systems in accordance with National Plumbing, ASTM and ASTE Codes, on the basis of knowledge of piping and specific power plant operations. Selects materials specified in blueprints, technical manuals, schematics and drawings and plans the sequence of installation or repair, using appropriate pipe cutters, threaders and fittings, joins piping by means of flanging, threading, soldering or fusing.
25% - Equipment Maintenance: Assists in the cleaning, replacement, installation, lubrication and repacking of filters, pipes, pumps, valves, heat exchangers and auxiliary equipment in order to maintain the power plant in good operating condition and to make emergency repairs on boilers and to prepare boilers for inspection. Assists Boiler Operator Seniors in overhauling pumps on steam generating and heating equipment by replacing defective bearings, seals, packing, shafts and other pump parts. Performs routine cleanliness tasks to keep power plant and equipment in compliance with national fire and safety codes.
10% - Related Duties: Assists Boiler Operator Seniors in correcting problems in the case of water breaks, steam distribution irregularity or problems with electrical feeders until boilers, feed lines, etc. and ensures lines are stable. May assist with snow removal and surface treatment.
5% - Performs other related work as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  1. Must have a valid driver’s license at time of hire.
  2. High school diploma or completion of G.E.D. equivalency.
  3. One year of experience in steam generation and/or boiler work. Associate’s degree or vocational school certification may be substituted for the required experience.
Position Requirements:
  1. Work in extreme temperatures, both hot and cold
  2. Exposure to constant loud noise
  3. Work in confined spaces
  4. Reach, grasp, lift, carry, and place moderately heavy loads frequently, and heavy loads up to 50 pounds occasionally with or without accommodation.
  5. Work overtime as needed
  6. Respond to after-hours emergencies as needed
  7. Report to work during declared periods of inclement weather

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Knowledge and experience in the theory and mechanics of boiler operation and steam generation.
  2. Ability to use equipment manuals, read measuring instruments and maintain up-to-date and accurate records.
  3. Knowledge of safe operating codes.
  4. More than one year of experience in steam generation and/or boiler work.

Additional Candidate Instructions

Review of applications begins May 21, 2018. Applications will be accepted until June 3, 2018 or until filled.
Complete the online application at, include a resume/cover letter addressing how you meet the required qualifications including the names and contact information to three references.

Contact Information to Applicants

Teresa Krambeer, 785-864-6802,

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