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This is the second highest in a three level class in the auxiliary operator series.
Positions in this class perform the following skilled labor tasks:
· Starts, stops, operates, monitors, and notes operating conditions of auxiliary equipment throughout the Schuylkill and Edison plants, including responsibility for burner operation.
· Reports conditions, trends and abnormalities to Control Operator.
· Off loads fuel and receives deliveries as required.
· Blocks out equipment for maintenance; unblocks and retest equipment after completion of repair.
· Performs minor maintenance on valves, fans, etc. as required.
· Has working knowledge of fuel pumps, water treatment, and brine systems.
· Operates and regenerates resin beds to produce water for boiler operation; performs resin replacement as necessary.
· Works mandatory overtime as required.
· Maintains safe working conditions. Identifies, reports, and /or corrects unsafe conditions in work area. Able to use safety equipment necessary to perform job in safe manner.
· Performs housekeeping duties.
· Performs other tasks as assigned by supervisors.
· Capable of performing operational rounds and required duties of the Auxiliary Operator position at Edison Station.
· Demonstrate ability and willingness to identify system components and how those components operate and interact.
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE WORK
Complexity of Work: Performs work of moderate difficulty with responsibility for brine water treatment system, operating auxiliary equipment and observation of gauges, controls and monitoring equipment and making adjustments, and burner operations. Must recognize and correct boiler burner upset conditions. Duties also include performing necessary routine maintenance tasks such as equipment lubrication, and minor repairs to operating boiler auxiliaries such as fuel feed systems, pumps, fans etc. Performs housekeeping as necessary, confined space and LOTO functions including blocking, un-blocking and testing equipment.
Supervision Given: Gives general direction to other auxiliary operators
Supervision Received: Receives supervision from Shift Supervisor, and Control Operator.
Scope: Performs work which affects reliability of other processes or services and may affect plant operations.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Knowledge: Working knowledge of the principles of combustion, boiler firing practices, steam turbines, water treatment, and chilled water systems.
Skills: Working skill in the operation of boilers, burners, valves, pumps, fans, water treatment systems, chillers, and all auxiliary equipment related to steam and chilled water production. Ability to perform minor maintenance of the above listed equipment and safety related tasks such as blocking, unblocking, and testing for maintenance activities.
Abilities: Demonstrated ability to monitor and operate the plant auxiliary equipment.
Physical Demands & Special Requirements:
· Able to handle up to fifty (50) pounds, unassisted.
· Able to climb and tolerate heights and confined space.
· Able to tolerate temperature extremes.
· Able to wear PPE, accurately read and interpret gauges, and capable to hear and understand
· Able to work rotating shift, odd hours, and overtime.
· Able to communicate well with others.
• High school diploma or GED equivalent
• 3 – 5 years’ experience in central utility power plants including boilers, turbines, compressed air, utility distribution systems including steam, hot and cold water, and distributed control system (DCS) Or one year certified with Veolia as an Auxiliary Operator III
• Must hold and maintain a Philadelphia or NJ boiler license
• Working knowledge of the principles of combustion, boiler firing practices, steam turbines, water treatment, and chilled water systems.
• Working skill in the operation of boilers, burners, valves, pumps, fans, water treatment systems, chillers, and all auxiliary equipment related to steam and chilled water production.
• Ability to perform minor maintenance of the above listed equipment and safety related tasks such as blocking, unblocking, and testing for maintenance activities.
• Demonstrated ability to monitor and operate the plant auxiliary equipment in general and inside/outside located equipment in particular..
• Must be able to work rotating shift assignment to support plant operations as assigned
• Ability to tolerate temperature extremes, confined spaces, tolerate heights, climb ladders, lift heavy equipment and carry materials up and down stairs with the capacity of lifting 50 pounds
• Able to wear PPE, accurately read and interpret gauges, and capable to hear and understand audible alarms
• Able to communicate well with others
• Must be willing to become a Bargaining Unit Member of the IBEW Local 614