System Operator 1
Olmsted County, MN - Rochester, MN

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A minimum of one (1) year experience in the operation and maintenance of high-pressure steam and electric power generation systems. Experience in resource recovery desirable.

Individuals offered a position will be required to take a drug test

Possession of a valid Minnesota Second Class A Stationary Engineers License is required

Must obtain an MPCA Provisional Waste Combustor Operator certification within 6 months of hire

Individuals required to use County vehicles and equipment must have a valid Minnesota driver’s license and be free of any major traffic violations for the last three years.

Nature of Work:

Under the direct supervision of the Shift Supervisor and/or Supervising System Operator and with guidance of the Systems Operator 2, operates and maintains high pressure steam heating and electric generating equipment at a refuse-fired power plant on an assigned shift.

Examples of Work:
  • Operates and maintains stokers, fans, hydraulic systems and pollution control systems associated with a refuse or conventionally fired boiler
  • Operates and maintains high voltage electric generation and distribution equipment
  • Operates auxiliary equipment including pumps, heat exchangers, ash conveyors and condensers
  • Operates a refuse feed crane and maintains proper refuse storage pit conditions
  • Monitors and controls makeup water purification equipment
  • Monitors and controls refuse tipping floor operations
  • Assists in maintaining the operating log of all power plant parameters on the shift
  • Performs miscellaneous housekeeping in and around the work area
  • May assist in the training of students and other employees
  • Performs other related work as assigned
  • Completes necessary reports and records related to the monitoring and maintenance of equipment

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
  • Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices involved in the operation and maintenance of high-pressure boilers, furnaces and related support equipment
  • Some knowledge of the principles and practices involved in the operation and paralleling of electric generation equipment
  • Working ability to determine the nature and extent of system malfunction and take remedial action
  • Familiarity with the operation of refuse and conventionally fired furnaces
  • Ability to read and record data from gauges, meters and microprocessor based data acquisition systems and accurately interpret such data
  • Ability to understand and comply with written and verbal operating procedures and instructions
  • Ability to act quickly and calmly in emergency situations with the assistance of the Systems Operator 2
In compliance w/ the Americans with Disabilities Act the following represents the Physical/Environmental Demands: This position requires a majority of time spent sitting and walking as well as lifting. This is a rotating shift position. Weights of objects to be lifted, carried, pushed or pulled vary from ten (10) to fifty (50) pounds. Tools and equipment may be up to 20 feet in length and a variety of dimensions. Climbing of stairs and ladders is essential. Movements such as stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, twisting and bending are often necessary. Other movements such as reaching and handling of materials are also required. Audio, visual and verbal functions are vital aspects of this position as well as the ability to operate a motor vehicle, forklift and other various types of equipment. The workday is spent indoors with exposure to dust, fumes, noise, heights, glare/improper illumination and extreme heat as well as some exposure to extreme cold. Use of a respirator may be required.
Persons with disabilities : The above is a general listing of job duties. Essential and non-essential functions may vary by individual position. Reasonable accommodations may be available for both essential and non-essential job duties.