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  • Boiler Plant Operator

    Job Locations US-RI-Newport
    Posted Date 1 month ago(1 month ago)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Engineering - Facility/Construction
  • Overview

    SJS Executives, an established Prime Federal Contractor is looking for a Boiler Plant Operator for ongoing support of our Client at Naval Station Newport, RI.



    Knowledge & Experience

    • Must demonstrate the ability to Start/stops, operates, and performs operational and preventive maintenance on boilers, boiler auxiliary equipment, feed-water pumps, chemical metering pumps, air compressors, feed-water ion exchange equipment, control valves, emergency diesel generators, and fuel systems.
    • Must demonstrate the ability to operate Boiler Combustion Control Systems; and, must demonstrate the ability to interpret manufacturers' operation instructions and apply tangibly to the equipment to achieve maximum efficiency.
    • Must have a thorough knowledge of the power and heating boiler plants at each site along with the user requirements (quality, load) in order to locate problems and initiate immediate corrective action to maintain adequate steam or hot water production.
    • Must have comprehensive knowledge of power and heating boiler plant operations and their relationship to the efficient, safe, and quality generation of steam.  
    • Must have knowledge of the structure and operating characteristics including capacity for multi-fuel heating and power boilers, fuel combustion and delivery systems (oil and natural gas), pollution control and monitoring devices, water treatment systems (mechanical and chemical), steam and condensate distribution systems and equipment, and boiler plant auxiliary equipment.
    • Must have knowledge of electronic and pneumatic control systems and procedure for shifting to and from manual and automatic control. 
    • Must be capable of looking at readings displayed on human machine interfaces, control systems and local instrumentation, evaluating equipment/system performance, and determining proper response.
    • Must have basic knowledge of fuel characteristics, both physical and chemical, for all type of fuel oil and natural gas, chemical reactions involved in combustion, the relation of fuel quality and characteristics to those reactions, the relationship between fuel combustion and air pollution, and the requirements for establishing and maintaining proper combustion.   
    • Must have knowledge of physical and scientific principles and theories on which heating, and power boiler plant structure and operations are based including, particularly, those pertaining to combustion, steam generation and heat transfer.
    • Must know structure and characteristics of high pressure steam plant equipment, including high pressure boilers, fuel handling and distribution equipment, fuel firing mechanisms, combustion controls, feed-water regulation and treatment systems, super-heater, steam distribution and auxiliary equipment, steam turbines, super-heaters, valves, lubricating and cooling systems, automatic and manual control systems, meters, gauges, and alarm devices.
    • Must be familiar and have a working ability with drawings and diagrams of boiler plants and auxiliary equipment in order to quickly locate defects in the system.
    • Must have the skill to operate high-pressure steam plant equipment, including high pressure boilers, fuel handling and distribution equipment and systems, firing mechanisms and combustion controls, feed-water regulation and treatment systems, super-heater and desuper-heaters, steam distribution and auxiliary equipment, and steam turbine.
    • Efficient coordination of all steam plant equipment to adjust all variable components such as draft, air-temperature, and furnace conditions, to compensate for variations in non-adjustable components such as fuel quality, equipment fouling, etc., to produce steam or hot water of the requisite pressure, temperature and quantity in accordance with load demands.

    Physical Efforts

    • Work requires standing, walking, crouching, stooping, bending, and climbing ladders. Must have good hearing in both ears and normal vision.   
    • Works in and around boilers and associated equipment.   
    • Moderate physical exertion is required in manipulation of valves and controls and other boiler related tasks.
    • Lifts weights up to forty (40) pounds unassisted. Heavier items are lifted with assistance.
    • Full use of arms, legs, feet, and fine versatility in finger and hand movements necessary in the manipulation of controls.   
    • Incumbent physically fit to work continuously in areas with intermittent pollutants such as toxic fumes, boiler flue gases, dust, smoke, and chemicals used in boiler water and steam treatment.

    Working Conditions

    • Work is recurring (shift work for 24-hour, seven days a week operation) and schedules rotate on a periodic basis.  The incumbent must be able to work overtime as required.
    • Hazards encountered in this rating are not unusual.
    • Adequate ladders, stairways, and protective guards are provided where feasible.   
    • Employee could be injured by falling or by bumping into overhead pipes or beams while performing work.   
    • There is danger of cuts, burns, broken bones, and/or bruises.   
    • Power and heating boiler plants may contain asbestos insulation and lead paint.
    • Job site working environment involves exposure to hazardous equipment, pumps, air compressors, combustion fans, energized electrical equipment, sharp edges, and high-pressure boilers, valves, and piping.
    • Is exposed to potential toxic fumes, boiler gasses, and chemical agents used for boiler water and steam treatment, which can require the use of PPE.  
    • The hazards are always present and are part of normal working conditions associated with steam production operations.    
    • Works indoors 90% of the time and outdoors 10% of the time.  
    • Work involves uncomfortable conditions such as excessive heat, dry atmospheric conditions, constant machinery noise, dust, dirt, and soot.
    • There is some danger of entanglement in moving machinery.
    • There is also some danger involved when climbing ladders and working outside in cold weather and icy conditions.




    • United States Citizen
    • Journey level knowledge and skill to install, maintain, and repair a variety of steam and/or hot water equipment systems involving power boilers with complicated components, critical requirements, and rigid tolerances
    • Possess a valid third-class operator license using the National Association of Power Engineers criteria or its equivalent.
    • CPR certified
    • Be able to wear and use all required personal protective equipment (PPE) to meet requirements of duties being performed (safety glasses, safety shoes, earplugs, hardhat, etc.).



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