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Boiler Operator Duties

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This is semi-skilled work in the operation, maintenance, and servicing of steam generating equipment in a heating plant.

Work involves responsibility for the operation, maintenance, and servicing of high pressure steam boilers, pumps, motors, and related heating plant equipment on an assigned shift. Work in general follows established procedures with special instruction received on changes in operations. Employees working the evening and night shifts are required to exercise some judgment in making work decisions. Work is reviewed by supervisory personnel and through efficient operation of the plant.


Operates high pressure gas and coal fired boilers in a heating plant; maintains steam pressure and keeps water at proper level.

Adjusts boiler output to meet changes in demand.

Makes regular readings of control meters; records logs and charts.

Checks control mechanisms regularly and performs minor servicing as needed.

Keeps stokers, fans, and floors clean; removes ashes.

Performs related work as required.


Completion of the eighth school grade; and some experience in the operation and maintenance of equipment in a steam heating plant; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Some knowledge of the operation and maintenance of steam heating plant equipment.

Ability to operate and regulate boilers and pumps and to adjust output to required specifications.

Ability to react quickly and calmly in emergencies.

Ability to read instruments and maintain accurate records.

Ability to understand and follow moderately complex oral and written instructions.

Skill in making necessary minor repairs to equipment.



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