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Steam Plant Operator

Date Posted:  Sep 17, 2021
Requisition ID:  243061

Knightstown, IN, US, 46148


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About The Adjutant General's Office

The Adjutant General’s Office (AGO) provides a dynamic workplace while serving the Indiana National Guard at its various facilities throughout the state.  AGO’s programs and projects offer exciting opportunities for professionals in many fields - from maintenance repair to cadre to civil engineers - looking to begin or advance their careers.  AGO offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, as well as an outstanding work/life balance.  AGO offers agency specific benefits, such as a physical fitness program, an opportunity to work an alternative work schedule, and a spot bonus program to reward hardworking employees.


Salary Information:

The salary for this position typically starts at $34,398.00 annually.


About the Job:

The Steam Plant Operator provides responsible technical work in all phases of the powerhouse operation at Hoosier Youth Challenge Academy. This individual is responsible for the operation of coal and oil fired boilers which supply steam for heating buildings, operating food service facilities and generating hot water.

This position will work 2nd shift, 4pm to 12 am Tuesday - Saturday.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Makes periodic inspections of conditions of fires in boilers and determines quality of fire by observation.
  • Ensures that the powerhouse is operating within appropriate safety standards.
  • Adjusts stoker feeder to increase or decrease supply of coal or checks proper adjustments on fire in oil fired boilers.
  • Adjusts dampers and forced air to maintain correct fuel-air ratio.
  • Takes periodic readings on equipment operations and records all data.
  • Maintains water in salt bin at proper level for use in brine tank and checks amount of brine water in tank for softeners.
  • Assists in training new employees regarding duties in powerhouse.
  • Supervises steam plant personnel and inmates on assigned shift and advises them of special duties on emergency situations.
  • Makes a thorough inspection of entire plant upon assuming shift operation to ensure that all conditions are normal.
  • Makes decisions on daily operations.
  • Assists in annual overhaul and cleaning of boilers, repairing pumps and mechanical equipment and servicing diesel and electrical motors and engines.
  • Operates and supervises maintenance of all ecology control equipment.
  • Provides supervision of offenders assigned to work on a specific shift in powerhouse.

The job description 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.  
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of this role.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • High School Diploma or High School Equivalent (HSE.
  • Extensive knowledge of all phases of powerhouse operation.
  • Extensive knowledge of methods used in operation of coal and oil-fired boilers.
  • Thorough knowledge of operating standards to ensure safe, efficient powerhouse.
  • Ability to operate and maintain all equipment in, and out of, the powerhouse.
  • Ability to work without close supervision and ability to train, work with and direct the work of personnel and inmates assigned to powerhouse.
  • Ability and experience to obtain a “Certificate of Competency” from the National Association of Power Engineers.
  • Ability to make decisions in emergency situations.
  • Effectively communicate, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to perform required tests on boiler water, condensate softeners, etc.
  • Must have and maintain a valid driver's license.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role may serve as a team lead for an assigned work group.
This role provides supervision for offenders and requires a high level of judgment and care.


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) and vision/dental coverages 
  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the medical plan) 
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution) 
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match 
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options 
  • Group life insurance 
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits 
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off 
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs 
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program 
  • New Parent Leave 
  • Free Parking 
  • Free LinkedIn Learning 


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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