Power Plant Operator, Senior - Heat & Power

Purdue University West Lafayette , IN 47996

Posted 3 months ago

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The Purdue University West Lafayette campus benefits from a combined heat and power system that utilizes steam not only to provide heat to facilities but also to generate electricity and the chilled water that is used to cool facilities.

Steam and chilled water are generated and distributed by our staff. In addition to the electricity that is co-generated (in the combined heat and power system noted above), electricity is also purchased from an external provider. All utility operations are focused on providing safe, reliable, cost-effective services to the campus community.

Job Summary

Perform duties safely operating boilers, chillers, generators and other equipment to supply power, steam, and chilled water services for campus. Perform preventative maintenance and minor repair of equipment. Operate large commercial/industrial type boilers. Monitor and maintain water level, and assist in maintaining steam pressure in boilers. Monitor, start, stop and isolate proper auxiliary equipment for efficient operation of the units, including F.D., I.D., over-fire air fans, pumps and turbines. Check temperatures of bearings and pumps. Complete the training program and become proficient in the identification and operation of equipment. Various shifts; 24 hour/day, 7 days/week operation.



  • High school diploma/GED

  • Four years perform duties operating boilers, chillers and other equipment to supply steam and chilled water services

  • Demonstrated mechanical aptitude

  • Knowledge of either steam, electric, hydraulic, or air powered equipment

  • Ability to take advanced departmental training to learn other positions in the power plant

  • Proven basic math skills, verbal and written communications skills.

  • Ability to perform basic computer operations

  • Must be able to work from heights up to 100 feet and lift and carry 25 lbs. to 50 lbs. frequently and up to 60 lbs. occasionally

  • A valid US or Canadian drivers' license


  • Knowledge and experience entering or retrieving word and or excel documents

  • Knowledge of steam or electric driven equipment

  • Knowledge of water treatment systems, including chemical measuring/handling

Additional Information:

  • Purdue will not sponsor an employment authorization for this position

  • Wade Utility Plant is a 24 hour/day, 7 days a week operation

  • Must be willing to work any shift, weekends and holidays

  • This position requires available for 24-hour callback

  • Occasional overtime may be required

  • A Background Check will be required for employment in this position

  • FLSA: Non-Exempt (Eligible for Overtime)

  • Retirement Eligibility: Non-exempt Defined Contribution Plan

  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply

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