Tends one or more boilers to produce steam or high-temperature water for use in an establishment, fires boiler, observes and interprets readings on gauges, meters, and charts which register various aspects of boiler operation, adjusts controls to insure safe and efficient boiler operation and to meet demands for steam or high-temperature water. This incumbent may also do one or more of the following: maintain a log in which various aspects of boiler operation are recorded; clean, oil, make minor repairs or assist in repair to boiler room equipment; and following prescribed methods, treat boiler water with chemicals and analyze boiler water for such things as acidity, causticity, and alkalinity.
- The Boiler Tender is assigned to the Central Heating Plant (CHP) to perform boiler plant operations and maintenance duties in addition to performing maintenance ads needed to the Base-wide Steam Distribution System. Individuals assigned to the is classification will operate under the direction of the CHP shop lead and in accordance with established procedures and methods
- tends one or more boilers to produce steam or high-temperature water for use in an establishment, fires boiler, observes and interprets readings on gauges, meters, and charts which register various aspects of boiler operation.
- Adjusts boiler controls to insure safe and efficient boiler operation and to meet demands for steam or high-temperature water.
- Stand duty on twelve-hour (Operator) and eight-hour (Maintenance) work shifts at the plant and the below work-stations on a rotating basis (days and nights) a minimum of 40 hours weekly to maintain all equipment.
- Operate, maintain and repair a steam generation plant containing four oil-fired 800 horsepower boilers producing 80 psi. Steam on a 24 hour per day- 365 day per year basis.
- Operate, maintain and repair Portable boilers up to 150 horsepower. Operation of these units include logistics of transportation, coordination with other shops for isolation and valving, hook-ups, fueling, operation and monitoring operation as needed on a semi- routine nature.
- Operate, maintain and repair a satellite steam generator plant and system of 150 horsepower on a daily basis.
- Tend one or more boilers as load varies to produce steam to be supplied to a steam utility for heat and to supply hot water to a variety of military facilities. Tasks include, but are not limited to, firing and shutting down boilers; observing and interpreting readings on gauges, meters, and charts relating to various aspects of steam plant operation; assisting in the fueling of the plant; and, performing rounds to monitor the operation of the plant. The Boiler Operator must be able to adjust controls to meet changing demands for steam, insure safety and to maximize efficiency.
- Maintain and trend log(s) to record data pertinent to plant and equipment operations and performing operational maintenance including cleaning, lubrication inspection, and performance of normal minor operational repairs of the plant and associated equipment. The Boiler Operator analyzes chemistry of the makeup water, condensate return and boiler water and treats the water with chemicals and calculates bottom blow downs and continuous blow downs as needed upon the results of the analysis.
- Maintain and repair including; trouble-shooting of systems, installation of piping and valves (up to 16 inches) for steam, water, condensate, fuels, propane, non-destructive testing of metals using chemical systems, working on pumps (condensate, feed-water, chemical, fuel and used oil), economizers, soot-blowing systems, Deaeration Tank, heating tanks, heat exchangers, demineralizers, electrically energized valves, full annual maintenance on all boilers, refractory work/repairs, Leslie water heaters, inspect electrical wiring, hydrostatic testing, air compressors, blow-down tanks and valves, relief valves, regulating valves, Fisher valves and all plant equipment as noted.
- The Central Heating Plant (CHP) serves as a dispatch and communication center for CDS for periods outside of normal operating hours and on holidays and weekends. Collateral duties include making contact with on-call crews, providing welfare checks, checking out keys to CDS personnel, assisting with confined space entry logs, burn permits, and also assists with communications and dispatch during off-hour emergencies.
- Monitor the DDC, Water Treatment Plant, Waste Water Treatment Plant computers and the King Fisher monitoring/alarms system for Utilities (lift station, freezer, temperature, heat trace alarms) and interprets and initiates action as needed.
- Performs work assignments in a timely and efficient manner with a high level of quality.
- Keep work area clean and orderly, work in a safe manner following Standard Operating Procedures, Maintenance Task Codes, Site Safety Plans and Lock Out/ Tag Out Procedures (LOTO) and common sense.
- Project a positive company image during normal work conditions and under times of duress with our customer the Coast Guard, fellow employees, and management. Comply with the company dress code.
- All other duties as assigned
- Positive Attitude/Enthusiasm
- Diversity/interpersonal Skills
Education, Experience, Skills:
- Current State of Alaska 2nd Class Power Boiler Operator License
- High school education or G.E.D equivalent
- Must be able to communicate clearly (oral and written) in the English language with both internal and external clients and co-workers
- Ability to maintain precise documentation organization of operations, daily tasks, work orders and work events
- Required to work overtime as needed
- Previous experience with Supervisor Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), RS Logix and Allen Bradley
- Must be able to clearly communicate by radio
- Certified in Confined space (Entry, Attendant and Supervisor), completed within 6 months of accepting the position
- Must maintain HAZWOPER certification IAW 29 CFR 1910.120, completed within thirty (30) days of accepting the position
- Must be able to work shift work, rotating shift, and long hours as needed
- Must have excellent trouble-shooting and mechanical skills
- Must have excellent documentation and organizational skills
- Must be able to respond to calls for work outside of normal working hours
- Excellent Attendance Record
- Demonstrated mechanical abilities
- Operators at Boiler Plants are required to work with high energy Steam systems, and as such need to be constantly aware of plant conditions and situations that could cause harm to them or to the equipment.
- Should have a working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook programs.
- Should be ready to learn PLC based controls.
- Good computer skills
- Valid CDL
- State of Alaska Painter Card
- Certified in Confined space
- ICS 200
- PLC Based controls experience
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Essential and marginal functions require maintaining physical condition necessary for bending, stooping, sitting, walking or standing for prolonged periods of time; most of time is spent squatting standing or kneeling position with frequent opportunity to move about. Sitting is less than 50% of the day. The Operator must be able to lift up to 50 pounds at times with occasional lifting of parts and tools at up to 20 pounds.
Work Environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be borne by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
Job is performed for the most part in an inside setting with exposure steam piping, Oil Fired, Fire-Tube Boilers, chemicals and related products. The work area conditions vary from extremely hot (100 degrees +) to working outside in inclement weather.
This position has no supervisory responsibilities.
Additional Qualifying Factors
- Must be able to complete criminal record background check
- Must be able to drive a company vehicle and be insured
- Must be able to obtain and maintain security clearance necessary
- Must comply with all company policies
- Must remain in good standing with the local Teamsters 959 Union
- Must meet the requirements of an annual physical that will include pulmonary function testing and will require the occasional use of a respirator.
Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.