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

Apply now Search #: 497260
Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Maintenance and Trades

Salary Range: $82,130.00-$107,044.00 Yearly – Individuals new to state service start at the minimum of the pay plan.

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UConn’s Facilities Operations Department, Storrs Campus, has eight job openings for Lead Power Plant Operator positions. The Co-Generation Plant produces high-pressure superheated steam, electrical power, and chilled water to supply energy to its 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 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. 

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 and are required to submit an application in order to be considered for a Lead PPO position, including, but not limited to, a lateral transfer (crew change), promotion, demotion, etc. This job search will be utilized to backfill any vacancies that are created by Lead PPO internal lateral transfers that occur. Current UConn NP-2 Lead PPO employees that may be interested in a lateral transfer to a new work schedule/crew assignment at the CUP or SUP, are required to apply to this job search to be considered for the positions that are currently available AND for any backfill vacancies that may become available as a result of lateral transfers.    

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


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. PageUp 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 PageUp Application is complete and detailed before submitting it. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted to the PageUp system.
  • 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 Electrical, 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 supports 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. 

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Plans shift workflow and determines priorities; schedules, assigns, oversees, and reviews work; establishes and maintains shift procedures; provides staff training and technical direction to Power Plant Operators to ensure economical dispatch of major equipment such as combustion and steam turbines, emergency generators, boilers, chillers, and ancillary equipment through the use of distributed control system; conducts or assists in conducting performance evaluations; authorizes specific equipment shut-down and start-up; may make recommendations on policies or standards; may prepare reports and correspondence; may perform duties of Power Plant Operator 2 as necessary; may perform routine and scheduled maintenance and repair duties on a rotating shift; performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of cogeneration power plant operations; knowledge of theory and application of operation of large steam turboelectric generating equipment and large high-pressure boilers equipped with super heaters; knowledge of regulatory and reporting requirements; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to utilize computer software; some supervisory ability.


Four (4) years of experience in a cogeneration power plant which includes the operation, maintenance, and repair of combustion turbines, heat recovery steam generators, steam turbines, emergency generators, boilers, chillers, distributed control systems, and ancillary equipment.

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


One (1) year of the General Experience must have included work performed at a cogeneration power plant or equivalent industrial plant capable of producing high-pressure superheated steam, electrical power, and chilled water to meet energy needs.

Note: For State employees, this is interpreted at the level of Power Plant Operator 2.


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


  1. State of Connecticut Trades License preferably in one or more of the following specific trades: Heating, Piping and Cooling, Electrical, Plumbing and Heating, and/or an OE2 License (Heating, Piping, and Cooling Operating Engineer Journeyperson). 
  2. Knowledge and experience working with a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) preferably AiM.
  3. Demonstrated supervisory and leadership ability.
  4. Experience operating 7MW Solar combustion turbines.
  5. Experience operating industrial boilers over 50KPPH capacity.
  6. Experience operating industrial steam turbines.
  7. Experience operating gas, electric, and steam-driven chillers.
  8. Understanding of an electrical high voltage 69 kV / 13.8 kV distribution power grid.


  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.


Please apply online at https://hr.uconn.edu/jobs, Staff Openings, Search #497260. 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.

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on September 30, 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/

All members of the University of Connecticut are expected to exhibit appreciation of, and contribute to, an inclusive, respectful, and diverse environment for the University community.

The University of Connecticut aspires to create a community built on collaboration and belonging and has actively sought to create an inclusive culture within the workforce.  The success of the University is dependent on the willingness of our diverse employee and student populations to share their rich perspectives and backgrounds in a respectful manner.  This makes it essential for each member of our community to feel secure and welcomed and to thoroughly understand and believe that their ideas are respected by all.  We strongly respect each individual employee’s unique experiences and perspectives and encourage all members of the community to do the same.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

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