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This is skilled work in the operation, maintenance, and servicing of high pressure steam boilers and related equipment on an assigned shift.

Work involves responsibility for the operation, servicing, and repair of high pressure steam boilers, pumps, motors, oil heaters, gas controls, emergency power generators, coal stokers, fly ash arresters, forced draft systems, safety devices, turbines, boiler controls, and recording devices. Work is performed according to established procedures under the general supervision of a high level employee who reviews the work by observing the boiler operation for achievement of desired results.


Operates and adjusts high pressure gas, oil, and coal fired boilers in the steam generating plant.

Maintains maximum boiler efficiency by adjusting, reading, and interpreting gauges, indicators, and steam flow meters.

Maintains oil heaters, pumps, oil storage facilities, and oil unloading equipment.

Operates steam plant as situation warrants on natural gas, oil, or coal.

Observes boiler plant operations through use of electronic or pneumatic controls, pressure gauges, and safety devices.

Supervises or performs the chemical testing and treatment of boiler feed water.

Maintains various records and reports relative to steam plant operations.

Exercises supervision over employees allocated to the class of Boiler Operator I.

Makes regular checks of plant equipment and makes adjustments, repairs, and services equipment as required.

Performs related work as required.

Graduation from a standard high school and considerable experience in the maintenance and operation of steam boilers; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Thorough knowledge of the proper operation and maintenance of high pressure steam generation plant equipment.

Thorough knowledge of steam plant safety standards and procedures.

Ability to read and interpret schematic diagrams, written orders, control gauges, manufacturer's operating instructions books, and to record boiler plant information.

Ability to operate and regulate boiler plant equipment and to make adjustments as required for plant output.

Ability to understand and follow complex oral or written instructions on proper plant operation.

Ability to supervise the work of others.

Skill in repairing and maintaining various types of steam plant equipment.



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