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Utility Plant Operator - Steam Systems

Date Posted:  Nov 22, 2022
Requisition ID:  415739

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46240


Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of a role.


Next Level benefits at the State of Indiana are here! Be sure to review our expanded benefit package offerings below.


About the Indiana School for the Blind & Visually Impaired (ISBVI):


The Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired is one of the largest schools for the blind and visually impaired in the country, in terms of its student population. ISBVI's vision is to provide diverse and salient opportunities for students, educators, and families to access and benefit from its resources.  The school is posed to serve as a center of educational excellence and a broker of best practices research and training for educators, students, and families - which will have the effect of significantly improving the educational experiences and lives of children who are blind or have low vision.  


Position Overview:


The Utility Plant Operator provides technical work in all phases of the steam operations at the School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.  The utility plant provides steam for hot water, food service operations, heating multiple buildings, and other facility operations.


The State of Indiana will train and certify you as a Facility Operator 3rd Class.  All tools are provided by the school.


A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Make periodic inspections of conditions of fires in boilers. 
  • Ensure that Steam Plant is operating within appropriate safety standards. 
  • Take periodic readings on equipment operations and maintain data log as per Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) requirements. 
  • Ensure the water in salt bin at proper level for use in brine tank and maintain Reverse Osmosis machines for proper boiler operations. 
  • Assist in annual overhaul and cleaning of boilers, repairing pumps and mechanical equipment and servicing diesel and electrical motors and engines. 
  • Assist in training new employees regarding duties in Steam Plant. 
  • In case of coal boilers, adjust stoker feeder to increase or decrease supply of coal or checks proper adjustments on fire in oil fired boilers. 
  • In case of coal boilers, adjust dampers and forced air to maintain correct fuel-air ratio. 

The job profile is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

What You'll Need for Success:


You must meet the following requirements to be considered for employment: 

  • High School Diploma or High School Equivalent (HSE). 
  • Three (3) years of full-time experience in industrial operations.  
  • Specialized knowledge of all phases of Steam Plant operation. 
  • Specialized knowledge of methods and equipment used in operation of coal and oil-fired boilers. 
  • Thorough knowledge of operating standards to ensure safe, efficient Steam Plant operations. 
  • Ability to make decisions in emergency situations. 
  • Ability to perform required tests on boiler water, condensate softeners, etc. 


You must satisfy the following requirements to continue employment: 

  • Must obtain the Facility Operator 3rd Class certification within twelve (12) months of employment.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:


The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans
  • Wellness program (offers premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards)
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave
    • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off
    • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Education Reimbursement Program
  • Group life insurance
  • Referral Bonus program
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Free Parking for most positions
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access




This position traditionally starts at an annual salary of $42,900 ($22.00 per hour) with opportunities for overtime to cover staff absences.  The State of Indiana observes a 37.5 hour work week.  Salary for this position may be commensurate with education and job experience.


Equal Employment Opportunity:


The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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