High Pressure Boiler Operator

Job Location US-OH-Columbus
# of Openings
Direct Hire


The Boiler Operator is responsible for the efficient, safe, and reliable operation and repair/modification of the Steam, Compressed Air, Soft / Hot / Chilled Water, Liquid Ammonia, and Fire Detection systems, while on watch. Additionally, this person will be responsible for the complete maintenance of 1 or more of these systems (Steam/Feed, Soft Water, Compressed Air…), which will require both hands-on work as well as administrative tasks, such as ordering parts, planning/scheduling work and coordinating with other internal work teams. They must be multi-crafted (mechanical/electrical) and able to multi-task between on-shift operational responsibilities and administrative tasks.


Their work includes preventive and predictive maintenance, planned work orders, scheduling and resource management, continuous improvement, system documentation, project activities and training.  They must systematically repair, adjust and maintain boilers, compressors, pumps and related equipment as assigned using established maintenance reliability practices, consistent observation, repair, and follow-up of operational effectiveness



  1. Maintain, troubleshoot, test, modify, and program automated, electromechanical equipment to include:
  • Steam plant system using natural gas
  • Compressed air system
  • Incoming electrical distribution system
  • Water softening system
  • Incoming natural gas and city water
  • Ammonia Refrigeration production and distribution systems
  • Plumbing, pipefitting, and repair in all utilities systems
  • Utilities associated pumps and valves
  • Water testing and chemical treatment of steam lines, boilers and condenser
  • Preparation, including teardown and repair for annual boiler inspections
  1. Apply engineering principals with mechanical and electrical knowledge to eliminate operational problems and improve efficiency and reliability
  2. Develop, track, and communicate maintenance specific metrics to identify reduce and eliminate recurring issues on equipment and improve system reliability
  3. Apply predictive maintenance technologies and condition-based monitoring to equipment (oil analysis, vibration analysis, motor circuit analysis)
  4. Perform Root Cause Failure Analysis on major unplanned breakdowns and recurring problems
  5. Develop and implement Preventive Maintenance Procedures for each equipment item
  6. Maintain / develop equipment and assembly drawings and schematics, document maintenance activities, maintain historic records, and develop equipment Operating and Maintenance documentation
  7. Design, implementation and completion of reliability and cost reduction projects on equipment
  8. Provide design input and maintenance support to engineering on major project concept, implementation, commission, validation and start-up
  9. Schedule and manage activities of contractors for modifications, additions, heavy construction and highly specialized labor performed on assigned equipment or systems
  10. Be the systems expert and a resource of knowledge in operation, controls, set-up, complex maintenance procedures and calibration of instruments to ISO standards
  11. Procure and maintain replacement parts inventory for the assigned equipment
  12. Rebuild and restock spare parts assemblies for equipment or systems
  13. Manage personal work schedule and planned work orders to maintain system reliability and optimize run time
  14. Operate and monitor ADT fire system, working with ADT personnel



Desired Education:


  • HS Diploma or equivalent
  • Associates degree or equivalent in mechanical or electro-mechanical engineering
  • Technical training from an accredited school and / or military experience in related fields
  • Programmable Logic Controller installation, troubleshooting, repair and adjustment training
  • Forklift operation


Decision Making Authority and Impact:


  • Plan and manage own work schedule
  • Initiate and manage contractor activities
  • Form and manage maintenance teams for down time and shut down activities
  • Determine maintenance schedules for machinery
  • Determine stock levels and suppliers for replacement parts
  • Determine preventive maintenance schedules and intervals
  • Determine modification needs pertaining to reliability and intervals
  • Determine modification needs pertaining to reliability improvements and cost reduction




Minimum Qualification:


  • 3 + years of experience operating/maintaining high-pressure boilers, to include work on electrical control and mechanical systems. This should include a significant portion spent as either a plant supervisor or sole operator with no supervision.
  • Demonstrated experience working with industrial refrigeration systems (Ammonia is a plus)
  • Demonstrated experience troubleshooting, testing, and repairing air compressors
  • 480 Volt, Three Phase power distribution and motor controls
  • Must possess Ohio State High Pressure Boiler Operator’s License
  • No active caution notices
  • Acceptable attendance (less than 7 incidents and no discipline above an Initial Warning)
  • Physical requirements: Ability to perform all needed physical activities without restrictions (Maximum of 50 pounds lifting)




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