Boiler Operator Senior

University of Kansas   Lawrence, KS   Full-time     Construction / Physical Labor / Skilled Trades
Posted on November 18, 2021
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Boiler Operator Senior

FS Maintenance Services

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 skilled operations, maintenance and repair of boilers, water softeners, compressors, pumps, valves and other related power plant equipment.  Work involves the operation of work issued vehicles and includes inspecting equipment, recording gauge or meter readings, testing water, performing preventive maintenance and installing, adjusting, repairing valves, pipes, pumps and other mechanical equipment. Work is performed according to established procedures and is reviewed by the supervisor through periodic inspections and on the basis of results achieved.

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.

Work Schedule:
Wed 12am - 8am
Wed 8pm - Thurs 4am
Thurs 8pm – Fri 8am
Fri 8pm – Sat 8am


Four days on and three days off with overtime and after hours call back as needed.

Job Description

30% - Operation and Inspection: Operates boilers, pumps, air compressors, de-aerators, water softeners, valves, regulators and pneumatic controls to maintain proper steam pressure, water level, combustion emissions, steam and water quality. Inspects 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 ascending/descending multi-level stairs, vertical ladders and working from inside the boilers accessible through openings approximately 12” by 16”.  Records readings and maintains daily consumption and quality records.  Requires ability to perform basic mathematical computations, read and comprehend instruments such as pressure gauges, draft indicators, alarms, etc. and generated data, maintain current/accurate records.

30% - Piping Systems: Fabricates, assembles, installs and maintains 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.

20% - Equipment Maintenance: Repairs, replaces, installs, repacks, cleans and lubricates filters, piping systems, valves, pumps, heat exchangers, air compressors and auxiliary equipment within the Power Plant.  Performs pump, air compressor and valve overhaul in accordance with the manufacturer's technical manual specifications.  Performs necessary repairs on boiler refractory and prepares boilers for inspection.  Maintains, repairs and calibrates Power Plant pneumatic components and systems ensuring proper boiler combustion, fuel economy, stack emissions, boiler water levels, steam quality and demands.  Performs general cleanliness tasks to keep Power Plant and equipment clean and in compliance with the National Fire and Safety Codes.

15% - Related Duties: Assists supervisor in orientation and training of other Boiler Operators. Develops preventive maintenance repair and training schedules.  Orders parts, chemicals and supplies as needed for operation, safety, maintenance or repair and reports needs to the supervisor.  May perform duties of supervisor in his/her absence as required by shift rotation.  Performs other related work as assigned.  May assist with snow removal and surface treatment.

5% - Performs other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements

  1. Lift and carry up to 20 pounds constantly and up to 50 pounds occasionally with or without accommodation.
  2. Reach, grasp, lift, carry, and place moderately heavy loads frequently and heavy loads occasionally with or without accommodation.
  3. Ascend/descend multi-level stairs and vertical ladders in performance of routine duties.
  4. Work under a variety of temperature and weather extremes, both inside and outdoors.
  5. Work in environments with constant loud noise.
  6. Work in confined spaces.
  7. Work overtime as needed.
  8. Respond to after-hours emergencies as needed.
  9. Report to work during declared periods of inclement weather.
  10. Must enter work order information digitally.

Required Qualifications

  1. High school diploma or completion of G.E.D. equivalency.
  2. Two years of experience in steam generation and/or boiler work. Associate’s degree or vocational school certification may be substituted for one year of the required experience.
  3. Experience with boiler water chemistry as listed and detailed in application materials.
  4. Must have a valid Driver’s License at time of hire and maintain that license throughout employment.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Knowledge of mechanical systems (e.g. pumps, valve repair, air compressors, water softeners, steam and condensate system design).
  2. Knowledge of water chemistry.
  3. Knowledge of computer control systems, which operate and monitor boilers.

Contact Information to Applicants Robert Mills

Additional Candidate Instruction

In addition to the online application, the following documents are required to be considered for this position:

  1. A cover letter addressing how required and preferred qualifications are met.
  2. Resume or curriculum vitae.
  3. Contact information for three professional references.
Review of applications will begin Monday, November 29th and will continue until a qualified pool of applicants is identified.

Advertised Salary Range starting at $41,299

Application Review Begins 29-Nov-2021

Anticipated Start Date 13-Dec-2021

Primary Campus University of Kansas Lawrence Campus


Reg/Temp Regular

FLSA Status Nonexempt

Employee Class B-University Support Staff

Work Schedule

4 Days on Shift, with 3 days off.

Wed 12am - 8am
Wed 8pm - Thur 4am
Thur 8pm – Fri 8am
Fri 8pm – Sat 8am.

Shift Differential 40 cents

Union 055

Job Family Facilit Plan Design&Operat-KUL

Work Location Assignment On-Site


The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,, Room 1082, Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).