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Heat Plant Operator Assistant

University of Virginia


The University of Virginia is built on a district energy model managed by Energy and Utilities within Facilities Management, with one main heat plant, three combined heating/cooling plants, nine chiller plants, hundreds of miles of piping distribution, and an internal medium voltage electrical distribution grid anchored by three 35kV to 13kV substations. E&U serves over 18 million gross square feet of learning, research, residential, and support space across a geographically dispersed 1175 acres.

The University of Virginia’s Facilities Management – Energy & Utilities – Heat Plant team has an exciting opening for an Operator Assistant at our University Heat Plant. Operator Assistants support the work of licensed plant operators, seniors, and supervisors while learning on the job. They help ensure the highest quality heating products for the University and Medical Center. They learn a skilled profession through a combination of on-the job training, technical education, and classroom instruction, often through a formal training program. Through their work and education, they become skilled and may become certified in a trade. Training is varied and may consist of rotations throughout the department to provide a broad range of skills. Operator Assistants function in a learning capacity and operate under direct supervision.

The Heat Plant Operator Assistant will be supporting a 24/7 operation with off hour shift work required$2.00/hour shift premium rate is provided for evening hours; additional premium for weekend hours.

Duties Include:

  • Assist Heat Plant Operators monitor, operate, adjust, and perform minor maintenance on coal conveying systems, coal, gas, and oil-fired boilers, water treatment systems, air pollution control equipment, lime systems, and ash handling systems. construction, equipment repairs, assessing problems, undertaking corrective actions, and site cleanup.

  • Report to assigned shift, work weekends as required and overtime as needed.

  • Respond to emergency calls, including nights and weekends, as needed.

  • Communicate with customers regarding the status of work order, providing additional support and problem solving, as needed.

  • Perform all work in accordance with safety rules and procedures, such as OSHA, federal, state, and local regulations.

  • Develop an increasing familiarity with the skills and best practices of the Heating Plants.

  • Actively participate in classroom and on-the-job training.

  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.


Education: High school diploma or equivalent

Experience: Minimum of two years of experience in a maintenance field and/or industrial environment operating related equipment is preferred. Experience operating/maintaining boilers is strongly preferred.

Licensure: Valid Driver’s license

For this position, the selected candidate will need to complete the required background checks prior to the start date of the position.


Anticipated Hiring Range: $16.00 – $20.00 ($33,280 – $41,600 Annually). This is a full-time position with UVA benefits . Employee benefits package highlights include:

  • 22 days of paid time off, increasing with service; 13+ paid holidays each year, in addition to paid time off; Parental and Community Service Leave

  • Health plan with options to meet healthcare and financial needs

  • Retirement through the Virginia Retirement System

  • Tuition and professional development benefits

  • Employee wellness program featuring activities to earn up to $500/year

Physical Demands:

The employee will be required to bend, stoop, squat and walk while making frequent rounds and equipment checks. The use of both hands and a repetitive motion will be required while performing Boiler maintenance duties.

To Apply:

Apply online at http://jobs.virginia.edu/us/en/job/R0056252/Heat-Plant-Operator-Assistant . Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile.  Complete the application, and upload the following Required materials:

  • Resume

** Note: Multiple documents can be uploaded in the CV/Resume box. Applications that are incomplete or missing required documents will not receive full consideration .

This position is open until filled.

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Marcus Rozier, Academic Recruiter [email protected] .

The University of Virginia, i ncluding the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person’s perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

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