Power Plant Operator - NKU

March 16, 2021 10:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Organization: Northern Kentucky University

Department Power Plant

Compensation Title EMS/HVAC Systems Specialist

Position Status Regular

Work Schedule

80 hours Bi-weekly, shifts to include working every other weekend, shifts also include 1st and 3rd shift hours. 12 hours a day

Hours per Week 40

Months per Year 12

Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

Northern Kentucky University embraces inclusiveness, equity, and global awareness in all dimensions of our work and seek excellence through diversity among our students, administrators, faculty, and staff. Application by members of diverse groups is encouraged.

We are an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution.

Purpose of Position

This 80 hour/bi-weekly ESSENTIAL position is responsible for monitoring, operating and maintaining chilled water and steam equipment and systems in a newly constructed power plant. Also responsible for energy management measures associated with heating/cooling operations. This position is required to work when the University is closed due to adverse weather conditions or other emergencies that may require closing of the University for the safety of faculty, staff, students, and visitors.

Primary Responsibilities

Power Plant operations, which include maintaining proper temperatures in campus facilities through efficient operation of boilers, chillers, air handlers, pumps, etc. Monitor the energy management system for alarms related to building trouble and fires, freeze-stats, boilers, air handlers, HVAC equipment, pumps, etc. Dispatch general maintenance mechanics for after-hour problems involving plumbing, electric, elevators, locks, fire and other emergencies. The Power Plant is a 24/7/365 operation.


Graduation from high school or GED and two years of experience in Power Plant maintenance/energy management operations and HVAC systems. Acceptable minimum equivalent is two years experience in Power Plant operations and maintenance. Technical/Vocational school certifications in HVAC or boiler operator’s license/stationary engineer’s license preferred. Apprenticeship program in a related field is preferred. Requires mechanical aptitude, skills and knowledge to operate campus boilers, chillers and HVAC systems. Basic computer skills are required; knowledge of computerized energy management systems is preferred. Ability to safely operate hand and power tools, testing equipment, machinery and vehicles is required. Ability to work overhead, on ladders, on catwalks and other elevations, and in confined spaces is required. Ability to perform medium heavy to maximum physical exertion is required. Maturity, integrity, detail-orientation, self-motivation, good judgment and the ability to work independently with minimum supervision is required. A valid driver’s license is required as is dependable transportation. Requires the ability to report to work in severe weather, natural disasters, and other emergencies. The ability to work any hours as needed to provide 24/7/365 coverage is required. All applicants must fill-out an online staff application.

Any candidate who is offered this position will be required to undergo a pre-employment criminal background check as mandated by state law.

Minimum Education High School Diploma

Preferred Education High School Diploma

Minimum Experience 3 years

Salary $16.55/hr + NSD

Pay Grade S68

Job Open Date 03/10/2021

Open Until Filled Yes


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