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As a trainee, to operate and maintain large stationary high and low pressure gas or oil fired boilers supplying steam or hot water.

Perform the following duties as a trainee under the direction of Boiler Operators or Operating Engineers:

  • Monitor boiler operations and react to varying load requirements.
  • Perform constant visual checks, read gauges and manipulate controls.
  • Clear lines of sediment.
  • Inspect, install and repair 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.
  • Perform standard testing procedures and maintain a chemical balance in boiler water according to prescribed procedures.
  • Perform conductivity, alkalinity, phosphate, sulphite and other hardness tests.
  • Add chemical to boilers needed to maintain a good chemical balance.
  • Inspect and adjust control mechanisms.
  • Start and shut down boilers with assistance.
  • Clean, inspect and perform routine maintenance on equipment and facilities including, but not limited to, oiling, greasing, repairing of furnace refractories and repacking of leaking packing glands.
  • Observe fire and safety precautions.

Required Qualifications*

  • Graduation from high school, a trade school or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Willingness to attend and ability to successfully complete position related course work as required.
  • Ability to tolerate high levels of heat and noise.
  • Reasonable mechanical aptitude.
  • Some knowledge of safety standards and procedures
  • A valid driver’s license.
  • Physical ability to perform the full range of duties of the classification.

Work Schedule

Shifts will be on a rotating basis

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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