Power Plant Operator Trainee, Rotating Days & Shifts, 8 Hr Weekdays/12 Hr Weekends (7 Positions)

Apply now Search #: 496775
Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Maintenance and Trades

Salary Range: $54,942.00-$71,343.05 Yearly – Individuals new to state service start at the minimum of the pay plan.

Link to Power Plant Operator Trainee: https://www.jobapscloud.com/CT/specs/classspecdisplay.asp?ClassNumber=9317FM&R1=&R3=  



UConn’s Facilities Operations Department, Storrs Campus, has seven job openings for Power Plant Operator Trainee positions. The Co-Generation Plant produces high-pressure superheated steam, electrical power, and chilled water to supply energy to the Storrs campus.  The plant has three 7 MW Solar combustion turbines as well as a 5 MW steam turbine and associated support equipment. In addition, a new Supplemental Utility Plant has been brought online this year.     

These positions will receive on-the-job training in order to complete the requirements of a Power Plant Operator 1 job classification within a period of time not to exceed two years. These are permanent, full time positions working rotating days/shifts; five (5) teams of three (3) persons rotate working eight (8) hour weekdays and twelve (12) hour weekends. This is often called the “8 Plus 12 Plan”.

These positions are categorized as Emergency Support Services/Essential Staff. Must be willing and able to work during emergency closures/delayed openings due to inclement weather or for significant events that effect campus operations. Applicants must also be willing to respond to emergencies on overtime (nights, weekends or holidays). Applicants must possess a current motor vehicle operator license. Applicants must be lawfully permitted to work in the United States. 

A full benefits package including medical and dental insurance is available. These positions may be eligible for weekend and shift differential. 

UConn offers the following benefits for NP-2 employees:

The University offers a competitive salary, and outstanding benefits, and a highly desirable work environment. For additional information regarding benefits visit: https://hr.uconn.edu/benefits-beyond-pay/.

Please note that Facilities Operations NP-2 employees may also be required to perform job duties as assigned at any of the Regional Campuses.


These positions are categorized as “Open to the Public”. Current, qualified UConn NP-2 employees will be given preference in the hiring process.

Applicants must possess and retain a current driver license throughout employment with the University.

To Apply:

  • In order to be considered for these job openings, you must meet the minimum qualifications as listed on the job opening and must specify your qualifications on your application. Applications will be evaluated to ensure that the Knowledge, Skill and Ability, Minimum Qualifications and Special Requirements sections of the position have been met. Please also be sure to demonstrate how you meet any of the Preferred Qualifications that you may have.
  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted.
  • If applicable, applicants are strongly encouraged to indicate on their application (under the Job-Related Academic, Technical or Vocational Training section of the application) the name(s) of any Educational Institution(s) attended in trade related subjects, particularly in Plumbing and Heating or HVACR, and to indicate the title(s) of the in person and/or online course(s) studied,  Address, City, State where the Educational Institution(s) are located, the years attended and the number of Credits earned or Diploma Earned.
  • If applicable, applicants are strongly encouraged to indicate on their application (under the Licenses and Professional Certification section of the application) any current trade license(s) held, along with the issuing agency, license number, date issued and expiration date.
  • Although it is not required, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a cover letter, resume and a list of three professional, work related references along with their contact information.

Important Next Steps Information:

  • At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be contacted via email and provided an opportunity to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring department. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications and special requirements, as indicated, to apply for this position.
  • If selected for an interview, you will be asked to supply the names, titles and phone numbers of three, professional, work related references. In addition, current State of Connecticut employees at UConn or other State Agencies, may be asked to provide copies of their last two (2) performance appraisals and CORE attendance records. Employment will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment physical examination, including drug testing, as well as a criminal background check. 
  • Please regularly check your email provided on your application for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.


Receives on-the-job training to perform tasks as outlined for the Power Plant Operator 1; assists in the operation, monitoring and maintaining of multiple power plant equipment for safe operation and production of high pressure superheated steam, electrical power and chilled water to meet energy needs; tours power plant to check and ensure reliable operation of equipment and to detect faculty or erratic operation of systems through excessive vibration, abnormal noises, extreme temperatures and/or leakages; monitors gauges and other devices to standards and records performance indicators on log deficiency report; coordinates equipment abnormalities and assists in diagnosis with the control room Power Plant Operator 2; performs preventative maintenance repairs ; performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of general industrial or manufacturing operations, maintenance and repair of mechanical equipment; knowledge of industrial instrumentation and control systems; knowledge of arithmetic functions including algebra and geometry; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; some ability to read and interpret schematic diagrams; ability to utilize computer software.


Experience in an industrial or manufacturing setting to include the operation, maintenance and repair of mechanical equipment.

Note: Based on an individual’s technical experience, the length of credited service will be determined at the discretion of facility management.


  1. Graduation from a vocational or technical school with a diploma in a program related to mechanical equipment, mechanical engineering or related field may be substituted for the General Experience.
  2. College training in mechanical engineering or a related field may be substituted for the General Experience. Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equaling one-half (1/2) year of experience.


  1. Some knowledge of theory and application of large high-pressure boilers equipped with super heaters, heat recovery steam generators, steam turbines and auxiliary systems.
  2. Some ability to apply basic principles of physics, chemistry, thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid flow, and combustion.
  3. Some ability to read and interpret piping and instrument diagrams, electrical one-line, schematic and logic diagrams.
  4. Some knowledge of 7MW solar combustion turbines.
  5. A heating/piping/cooling or plumbing license.


  1. Incumbents in this class may be required by the appointing authority to possess and retain appropriate current licenses, permits and/or certifications.
  2. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain specific education and/or experience to meet various certification requirements.


  1. Incumbents in this class must have adequate physical strength, stamina, physical agility, and visual and auditory acuity, and must maintain such physical fitness as to be able to perform the duties.
  2. A physical examination may be required.


Incumbents in this class may be required to lift moderate to heavy weights, use protective equipment such as respirators and safety goggles, and may be exposed to significant levels of noise, dust, heat, and risk of injury from equipment and/or environmental conditions.


Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check and pre-employment physical.


Please apply online at https://hr.uconn.edu/jobs, Staff Positions, Search #496775. Although it is not required, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a resume, cover letter, and a list of three professional, work-related references along with their contact information. For full consideration, it is recommended that applicants apply by November 1, 2022. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning on November 1, 2022 until all positions are filled. 

This job posting is anticipated to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on January 10, 2023.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp

Information concerning the University’s policies regarding the Cleary Act Statement, Non-Discrimination Policy, Accommodations for Applicants with Disabilities and Recruiting Veterans can be found on UConn’s Job page at:  https://hr.uconn.edu/jobs/

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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