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Job Standard for Mechanical Systems Operator

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The statements on this job standard are intended to describe the general nature of the role and level of work being performed. They are not intended to represent an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of the employee.

Mechanical Systems Operator Overview

  • Person Group: Classified
  • Job Code: 06654
  • Pay Grade: H
  • FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
  • Career Level: Level 2
  • Family: Campus Planning & Facilities
  • Function: Mechanical


To operate and maintain high-pressure boilers, chillers, and related equipment; perform related work.

Level Scope

Applies skills and job knowledge in area of specialization; may adapt procedures, operations, techniques, tools, materials, and/or equipment to meet needs of area of specialization; may work on non-routine tasks; resolves issues/makes working decisions within area of specialization or responsibility with minimal supervision.

Minimum Qualifications

Good knowledge of:  the firing, operation, and maintenance of high-pressure steam boilers, chillers, and related systems and equipment; heat transfer as it relates to heat plant steam generation; high-pressure steam fitting.

Experience: detecting and repairing malfunctions in boiler and chiller equipment; chemically treating water for proper conditioning; operating, dismantling, and maintaining boilers, pumps, valves, air conditioners, chillers and related systems.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance
  • Ability to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions or approaches to problems

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time the Mechanical Systems Operator must:

  • Inspects heating equipment; insures proper operation of feed and return; maintains burner firing and fuel ratio control. Boiler operations; maintains fuel system components; regulates continuous blowdown, blowdown water columns, top and bottom drums, and wall water boxes; blows water tubes in boiler with high-pressure steam and soot blowers to remove carbon deposits. Water treatment; regulates chemical feed; maintains chemical usage information; repairs drains and tubes; monitors building automation and fire control systems and makes computer commands to start and stop fans, pumps, and related devices; monitors/repairs geothermal pumps and production; maintains heat exchangers.
  • Performs preventive maintenance on heat plant system; descales and repairs steam traps and expansion joints; inspects pump controls and fans; cleans areas in and around heating plant; checks for leaks in steam and condensate lines; performs routine maintenance plumbing; assists other maintenance staff performing their duties.

35% of Time the Mechanical Systems Operator

Determined by department needs

5% of Time the Mechanical Systems Operator

Perform other duties as assigned

Work Environment and Physical Demands

These positions involve lifting and carrying items weighing approximately 90 pounds, working in a noisy environment, bending, stooping, and crawling in and around confined spaces.

Travel Requirement

Not applicable for Mechanical Systems Operator

Career Path

Mechanical Systems Supervisor

Additional training/education or equivalent experience, as well as business need, are required for movement into higher level jobs.


Incumbent must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work.  Final employment offers are  contingent upon a Final Candidate’s successful completion of a Background Verification, and a determination by the University that the information derived from the Background Verification does not disqualify the individual.  In addition, a Financial History Check and Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Check may be required.