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Operating Engineer

About the Role: 


Do you enjoy working in a mechanical setting? Do you have either a Minnesota First Class B Stationary Engineer License or a Minnesota First Class A Operating Engineer License? Are you a self-motivated individual looking to be part of a team? If you answered yes to the above questions, you may be a good candidate for operating and maintaining our heating plant at St. Olaf College. You will work to provide steam to the entire campus, which is comprised of 18 academic buildings and 10 residence halls, year-around and cooling in the summer months. Using your knowledge of high-pressure steam and chiller operation, you will be in charge of the plant for the duration of your shift, supported and directed by the Chief Engineer.


The shift will be 8 hours with occasional overtime as needed for coverage.



What You’ll Do: 

  • Operate and maintain high pressure steam boilers according to the laws of the State of Minnesota and standard boiler operating practices.
  • Operate and maintain centrifugal chillers, air compressors, generators, a wide variety of pumps, motors, and the RO System.
  • Perform water tests, recharge chemical tanks, and complete operating logs and chemical testing on boilers, chillers, condensate system, chilled loops, and RO system.
  • Communicate the status of all equipment and duties performed in Engineers Log Book and communicate this information to the oncoming/off going Operating Engineer.
  • During chiller operation, sweep tower cells, and climb ladder to inspect the hot deck of the tower.
  • During winter operations, assist in boiler conversion from natural gas to #2 fuel oil as required during curtailment periods.
  • Perform routine maintenance on all operating equipment in the heating plant and tunnels. Rebuild steam traps and pressure reducing station pilot valves, and replace pump seals.
  • Adhere to safe engineering practices and procedures.
  • Assist in annual boiler and chiller inspections.
  • Monitor Energy Management System and notify proper personnel of alarms. Create work orders as needed.
  • Answer plant phone to route all after hour emergencies.


Who You Are:


A successful candidate will have a Minnesota First Class B Stationary Engineer License, a high school diploma or equivalent, 3+ years of experience in boiler operation and maintenance, and not have a fear of heights or confined spaces while practicing safe working protocol.


It would be helpful if you had vocational or technical school training and a Minnesota First Class A Operating Engineer License.


You are flexible and willing to help out and adjust your workload quickly. You like working independently and are able to accomplish tasks with minimal supervision. You pride yourself on your consistency and dependability. You enjoy physical work and are able to lift and carry heavy loads on a consistent basis. You have a friendly demeanor, are approachable and show professionalism at all times.


If this sounds like you, we look forward to reviewing your application!


Who We Are:


At St. Olaf College we are dedicated to creating an inclusive and globally engaged community. We believe in fostering different identities, beliefs, and traditions because our differences make us stronger. St. Olaf strives to promote cultural diversity and multicultural understanding and create a campus where individuals of all backgrounds feel accepted and supported. We encourage applications from candidates committed to the enrichment of our diverse community. 


One of the nation's leading liberal arts colleges, St. Olaf serves 3,000 students, ranks #1 among U.S. colleges for the number of students studying abroad, and celebrates carbon-free electrical power.  Its mission is to challenge students to excel in the liberal arts, examine faith and values, and explore meaningful vocation in an inclusive, globally engaged community nourished by Lutheran tradition.  The college is located on a picturesque 300-acre campus in Northfield, Minnesota, a vibrant, restored, historic river town of 20,000 located 45 minutes south of the Twin Cities.


A summary of the benefits program:


A virtual campus tour:


An overview of Northfield:


An overview of the Twin Cities:


St. Olaf College requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (medical and religious exemptions may apply).


Prerequisite(s):  Criminal Background Check,Meet St. Olaf College driver authorization criteria,Pre-employment Physical
Type of Position:  Full-time Regular

FTE:  1.0
Months per Year Position Will Work:  12
Open Until Filled

Shift (Days/Hours):  Varies; 40 hours per week, Monday through Sunday; Shift assigned by Chief Engineer with occasional overtime as needed. This position is on-call for emergencies outside of regular working hours. Travel to seminars up to 2-4 sessions per year as directed by the supervisor.


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