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Office of Human Resources

East Tennessee State University

Title Code: 6305 

Occ. Group:  

Steam and Chiller Operator

Skill Level: 7

FLSA Status: Non-exempt

IPEDS: 610

Expectations for All Employees

East Tennessee State University pursues its mission based upon core values. An employee's job performance must support and exhibit the university's core values:

PEOPLE come first, are treated with dignity and respect, and are encouraged to achieve their full potential;
RELATIONSHIPS are built on honesty, integrity and trust;
of people and thought is respected;
is achieved through teamwork, leadership, creativity, and a strong work ethic;
is achieved through wise use of human and financial resources; and COMMITMENT to intellectual achievement is embraced.

Job Purpose

Work performed in monitoring, adjusting, and repairing boiler and chiller systems

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

Lights off and shuts down boilers

Monitors gauges, charts, sight gauges

Adjusts pump pressures and flow rates

Performs major and minor maintenance on boiler and chiller including oiling turbines and pack pumps

Mixes hazardous chemicals for boiler treatment to prevent corrosion of tubes

Periodically lubricates and services pumps

Operates chillers using automatic system

Uses common hand tools, plumber's tools, and power hand tools

Drives truck

Maintains daily log of all boiler operations and procedures

Receives all maintenance calls after hours

Performs other duties as assigned

Supplemental Functions

All incumbents are expected to perform these functions except for those qualifying under the Americans with Disabilities Act for a reasonable accommodation.

These functions may vary by institution.

Incumbents may provide backup to various functions within the unit.

Direction Received

Employees work under general supervision.  Advice and guidance are available from the supervisor as needed for complex issues or exceptions to policy.

Direction Given


Job Specifications

High school diploma or GED; or four years experience as a high pressure steam boiler operator plus three months cumulative experience in painting/priming of boilers and associated equipment; or heating course (which includes boiler troubleshooting techniques) and three years experience as a high pressure steam boiler operator plus three months cumulative experience in painting/priming of boilers and associated equipment.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Worker Characteristics

Knowledge of pipefitting procedures

Knowledge of boiler equipment

Knowledge of chiller repair and maintenance

Ability to operate high pressure boilers

Ability to troubleshoot boiler problems

Ability to explain and demonstrate methods and procedures

Ability to schedule and plan the work of others

Skill in the use of tools and equipment common to the painting trade

Ability to use proper painting/priming techniques

Ability to keep records and make reports

Ability to safely use cleaning chemicals

Ability to act as group leader for employees performing routine tasks

Ability to install and repair plumbing fixtures

Working Conditions/Physical Demands/Special Conditions

Specific working conditions, physical demands and special conditions relative to this position are on file in the Office of Human Resources for your information

Date                Skill          Evaluation
5/2004               7           642023214

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. 

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