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  • Boiler Plant Operator

    Job Locations US-MD-Bethesda (Carderock)
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    # of Openings
    Facilities Management
  • Overview

    SJS Executives has an immediate opening for a Boiler Operator.



    • Operates all equipment in a boiler plant to produce and control the amount of steam necessary to meet demands. These demands are significantly affected by the large amounts of steam or high pressure temperature water provide by the boiler plant. Ignites fires, puts boilers in service, and closes down boilers. 
    • Periodically makes rounds of the plant to visually check equipment to see that is operating properly.
    • Maintains constant observation of flow meters and charts to determine how much steam is being produced, whether it is meeting or exceeding demands, how much fuel is being used, etc.
    • Fires up to take boilers off the line.
    • Determines whether to up or lower fires in boilers, whether to use pressure reducing valves, whether water pumps should be started or stopped and for how long.
    • Adjusts firing controls, fuel feeds, and air drafts for best combustion efficiency. 
    • Operates numerous auxiliary equipment, such as pumps, water heaters, fans, and de-aerating equipment. 
    • Collects samples of boiler water, performs prescribed tests, and determines amount of chemicals to be fed into boilers for treatment of water and control of corrosion and chemical concentrations. 
    • Maintains constant observation for defects in the system. In the event problems arise, either repairs malfunctions or notifies the supervisor. Follows standard emergency procedures until trouble can be corrected. 
    • Maintains logs, records, and other plant data as required. 
    • Performs routine operational maintenance, e.g., cleans burners, oils and grease moving parts, packs valves and pumps, cleans oil strainers, etc. May be required to locate and repair limited electrical problems in oil burning controls, safety devices, etc. Operates various types of air conditioning and cooling systems. Starts stops and adjusts equipment. Regulates refrigerant, water temperatures and pressures by manipulating appropriate switches, rheostats, valves and levers. 
    • Tours the plant making minor repairs, oiling and greasing equipment, thawing frozen valves, replacing fuses and defective recording devices. Maintains log of plant equipment and keeps all machinery and spaces clean. 


    Emergency/On-Call: may be required to respond to job related emergencies, within 1 hour of notification.


    • Candidates shall have a minimum of six (6) months experience in the operation of large (100 tons or more) air conditioning and/or refrigerant, or two (2) years' experience as an air conditioning equipment mechanic helper or apprentice.

    • Possess a valid Maryland First Class Stationary Engineer license
    • Knowledge of the location and function of all equipment controls, meters and gauges in the plant, and experienced skill to determine appropriate action to meet significantly complex demands.
    • Knowledge of prescribed tests and chemicals to test and treat boiler water.
    • Knowledge of drawings and circuit diagrams of the boiler plant and auxiliary equipment to quickly locate defects in the system and perform minor repairs.
    • Thorough knowledge of the fuels used, the chemical reactions involved combustion, and the proper fuel air ratio needed for maximum efficiency.

    • Comprehensive knowledge of maintenance requirements and the procedures or adjustments required controlling pollutants.

    • Preferred candidates will either have an active Secret Clearance, or can readily obtain one.



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