Heating/Cooling Plant Operator II, Facilities

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University Staff
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Heating/Cooling Plant Operator II, FP099, 100% FTE, University Staff, Renewable, Hourly, Non Exempt, 1 vacancy


This position operates a variety of equipment in the Halbert Heating Plant, which operates 24 hours a day, year-round. This position works in eight (8) hour shifts as scheduled with coverage for all shifts. The operator is responsible for the operation of the natural gas/fuel oil fired boilers, various pumps, motors, air compressors, etc., during the assigned shift operation. Operators perform a variety of duties, to include monitor, maintain, and repair power plant equipment.

Shift Expectations: 12:00am – 8:00am, with rotating weekends.

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  • Ability to kneel, squat, bend, climb and stretch to read gauges, thermometers, sight glasses, operate valves and perform other related duties.
  • Ability to read and understand manuals, blueprints, and diagrams.
  • Ability to work 8 hours shift, alone, in large industrial steam plant setting.
  • Ability to work shift work all hours of the day, night, and weekends as scheduled.
  • Ability to climb stairs and overhand ladders.
  • Ability to enter manholes and exit same via overhand ladders.
  • Ability to enter and work in confined spaces.
  • Ability to swing a sledge hammer and be able to lift up to 75 pounds.
  • Ability to operate and monitor data on computers.
  • General custodial and building maintenance knowledge.
  • Knowledge of the operation of natural gas and/or oil-fired steam boilers, water pumps, computers, pressure gauges, temperature gauges, flow meters, load centers, and switchboards.
  • Ability to obtain permission to drive state owned vehicles.
  • Knowledge of water testing and water treatment.


  • High School diploma or equivalency document

This position is currently ineligible for H1-B sponsorship. A qualification for this position includes independent eligibility to work within the United States upon hire date.


  • · Strong mechanical aptitude, high and low pressure boiler knowledge/experience


Hourly rate range for this position is: $23-$26/hour. Specific benefit information can be found here. A snapshot of benefits offered for this position include:

  • Paid Time Off: – 104 hours of Vacation (with increases upon continuous years of service)
  • 36 hours of Personal
  • 130 hours of Sick Leave
  • 9 legal holidays
  • State Group Health Insurance Plans:
  • Health Plan, High Deductible, or Access Plans available
  • Flexible Spending or Health Savings Accounts
  • Access to Additional Insurance:
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Life
  • Income Continuation
  • Retirement Plans Through Wisconsin Retirement System: 6.80% contribution with employer match – Vested at 5 years (must meet eligibility requirements)
  • Employee Assistant Program (EAP) – provides free and confidential resources to address personal and work-related concerns for employee and their immediate family members. – On-site wellness resources and opportunities through the Pruitt Center for Mindfulness and Well-Being, Marcovich Wellness Center, and Department of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.




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For additional information about this position, at recruiting@uwsuper.edu


Review of all complete applications will commence 8:00am September 19, 2023. In the event this search is extended for any reason, applications submitted after this date will be considered. Once an applicant applies, profile information remains in UW-Superior’s Talent Management System for future submissions.

If you are not currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System, you may apply online through this portal. If you are a current employee of the University of Wisconsin System, you may apply through our HRS System. Please include the following information in your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter highlighting how you meet the qualification and Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities as listed in the Position Description
  3. Contact Information for three (3) Professional References

Internal applicants: select the internal applicant link. Registration for account not required.

External applicants: select the external applicant link and register for an account.

How to Register for a UW-Careers Account:

  1. To register for a UW-Careers account, click on the Click Here to Register link to create your user name and password.
  2. Search for the #24-11: Heating and Cooling Plant Operator II position and click on the Apply Now button to submit a resume.
    • At this time, you will be asked to complete your profile. Please select Save to continue the application process.
  3. To submit your letter of application, unofficial transcripts, etc., you must add the document as an attachment by clicking on the Add Attachment link below the Cover Letters and Attachments box.
  4. Clicking on the Next link, please complete the required Online Questionnaire.
  5. After the Online Questionnaire has been completed, click Next again to provide contact information for three professional references, if required, in the References section by selecting the Add Reference link.
  6. Once reference information has been listed, click on Next to complete the How did you find out about the position? section of the application process.
  7. Once you have completed all sections, click on the Save button and then Submit button to submit your materials.

At any time you may select the Save button to save your progress. When you have submitted your application, ability to change materials submitted will not be available.

Steps for Submitting:

1. To submit your resume, cover letter, etc., you must add the document as an attachment.

2. Click Next and complete the Preferences section – this tab is optional.

3. Click Next to complete the Online Questionnaire – this tab is required.

4. Click Next and if required, provide the contact information for three professional references by clicking the Add Reference link.

5. Click Next and select your preference for the Request for Confidentiality section.

6. Click on Next and complete the next section titled How did you find out about the position?

7. Click Next and complete the Self-Identity sections – this tab is optional.

8. Click Next and review your information.

9. Once all sections are completed and reviewed, click on Submit; your application has been submitted.

Refer to the following links for troubleshooting: – Internal Applicant: https://kb.uwss.wisconsin.edu/21544 – Frequently Asked Questions: https://kb.uwss.wisconsin.edu/21900#toc4

UW-Superior, A Superior Place:

The University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identities of “final candidates” must be revealed upon request. According to the Attorney General, “final candidates” under Wisconsin law means the five candidates who are considered most qualified for the position. See Wis. Stat. Sec. 19.36(7)(a).

The University reserves the right to check additional references with notices given to the candidates at the appropriate time in the process.

Employment will require a criminal background check. A pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, the University does not discriminate based on an arrest or conviction record.

Employment will also require a sexual harassment reference check. The reference check process includes asking the final candidate and most recent supervisor questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment. Final candidates with previous employment within the UW System and State of WI agencies will be subject to additional reference checks.

Employment is subject to federal laws that require verification of identity and legal right to work in the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

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