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Job Summary

The University of Michigan-Dearborn (UM-Dearborn) is one of the three campuses of the University of Michigan. UM-Dearborn, a comprehensive university offering high quality undergraduate, graduate, professional and continuing education to residents of southeastern Michigan, and attracts more than 9,000 students. Our faculty comes from respected universities and doctoral programs, are recognized for excellence in research and teaching, and are active in professional and academic service roles in their respective fields.

The campus is located on 200 acres of the original Henry Ford Estate. Dearborn is centrally located within one of America's largest business regions. The geographically diverse area provides faculty with a variety of urban, suburban, and rural areas within a reasonable commute, including Detroit, Detroit suburbs, and Ann Arbor.

The basic functions and responsibilities of this position are to operate and maintain large stationary high and low pressure gas or oil fired boilers supplying steam or hot water, and to operate and maintain refrigeration equipment.


  • Monitor boiler and refrigeration operations and react to varying load requirements. 
  • Perform constant visual checks, read gauges. 
  • Blow down boiler when conductive solids and impurities exceed specified limits; according to prescribed procedures. 
  • Clear lines of sediment, blow down floats, test low water cut offs.
  • Inspect steam pipes and insulation, valves, pumps and safety devices.
  • Record various meter readings of pressure and temperature.
  • Fill salt tanks.
  • Add chemicals to condition boiler water and water treatment equipment.
  • Maintain a chemical balance in boiler water according to prescribed procedures by performing standard testing procedures.
  • Clean, inspect and perform routine maintenance on equipment and facilities including, but not limited to, oiling and greasing.
  • Order filters for air handling equipment.  Replace as needed.
  • Start and shut down boilers.  Open boilers and inspect water and fire sides, and clean and prepare for inspections.
  • Observe fire and safety precautions.
  • Schedule via computer or manual time clock boilers, chillers and air handlers for special events, or as needed.
  • Perform rounds of all mechanical rooms, noting problems, logging temperatures and pressures of operating equipment.  Report problems so repairs can be scheduled.
  • Properly record time charges, PM task information, and collected readings using paper and electronic systems.
  • Respond to customer complaints of power outages, water leaks, and hot and cold calls.
  • Respond to fire panel and gas detection trouble or supervisory alarms, and assist campus safety to reset panels, or assist as needed.
  • Assist Campus Safety in responding to water main leaks, power outages or facilities related problems.
  • Exercise professional judgment to call in Skilled Trades staff, custodial staff or maintenance staff to assist with after-hours emergencies.
  • Mitigate facility related problems such as roof leaks, pipe leaks, etc., and monitor same until proper staff is on site to perform repairs.
  • Record and pass on operations and repair information, to the next shift, or the day shift, as appropriate.
  • May coordinate the work of Boiler Operator Trainees.

Required Qualifications*

  • Graduation from high school, trade school equivalent, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 3-5 years HVAC troubleshooting and repair experience.
  • 5 years’ experience operating and maintaining large stationary or maritime boilers.
  • Reasonable maritime or powerhouse experience with high pressure boiler operation.
  • Experience with DDC scheduling and troubleshooting applications.
  • City of Dearborn or City of Detroit high pressure/low pressure boiler operator license, and first class refrigeration operator's license.
  • Ability to tolerate high levels of heat and noise.
  • Reasonable mechanical aptitude.
  • Reasonable knowledge of the equipment, methods and materials used in boiler and refrigeration operations.
  • Reasonable knowledge of the operation and maintenance requirements of high and low pressure boilers and related equipment.
  • Ability to regulate boiler operations.
  • Reasonable knowledge of safety standards and procedures.
  • Good driving record and a valid State of Michigan driver’s license.
  • Ability to exercise tact and discretion in relationships with colleagues and other staff or faculty.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and writing skills.
  • Physical ability to perform the full range of duties of the classification.

Work Schedule

Afternoon shift. Normal shift hours are Tuesday thru Saturday, 3:00pm to 11:00pm, 8 hours/day, 40 hours/week.

May be required to work overtime and varying shifts including weekends and holidays to provide coverage.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.