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Steam Plant Operator - Indiana State Prison

Date Posted:  Oct 9, 2019
Requisition ID:  25523

Michigan City, IN, US, 46360

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The Steam Plant Operator provides responsible technical work in all phases of the powerhouse operation in a large state facility. 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.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

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.  

Preferred Experience:

Four (4) years of experience in a large institutional or industrial steam plant.

  • Must hold at least one of the following certifications or must obtain within twelve (12) months;
    • The “Power Engineer Certification” as issued by the Indiana Association of the National Association of Power Engineers. Accepted Certifications;
    • US Navy Boiler Technician or Machinist Mate Rating. US Coast Guard Marine Engineer License with Steam Endorsement. US Merchant Seaman Certificate with Qualified Member of Engineering Department Endorsement;
    • A local or county government Stationary Engineer License. A valid Stationary Steam License issued from another U.S. state;
    • National Institute for the Uniform Licensing of Power Engineers License. A Journeyman Stationary Engineer Certificate from the Union of Operating Engineers;
    • A Company issued certificate from an in-house apprenticeship or training program, reviewed and approved by the State Personnel Department. ​​​​​​​

Substitutions: Possession of the Power Engineer Certification at the time of application may substitute for one (1) year of the required experience. An Associate Degree in Power Plant Technology from an accredited college or university may substitute for the required certification plus one year of the required work experience.


  • 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.

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:

  • Four (4) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
  • Wellness program (offers eligibility into a discounted 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


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Nearest Major Market: Michigan City