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Heating/Cooling Plant Operator II (2 positions)

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Work type: Full-time
Location: Oshkosh Campus
Categories: University Staff

Official Title: Heating/Cooling Plant Operator II (2 positions)
Business Title: Heating/Cooling Plant Operator II
Employment Class: University Staff 
FTE: 1.0
Compensation: $22.11-$31.59 and commensurate with experience
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Terms of Employment: Continuous
Position Summary:

Monitors, operates, adjusts, maintains, and repairs a variety of technical equipment for the campus Heating and Cooling plants to supply the campus with critical services.

Must pass a pre-work screen to ensure the ability to perform essential physical functions of the position. This position is part of the 24/7 plant coverage and may be assigned to various shifts, including a rotating schedule that includes day, nights, afternoons, and most weekends and holidays.

UW Oshkosh provides a competitive benefits package for all benefit-eligible positions. Click here for more details.

  • Ensures safe and efficient operation of the plant and its associated equipment
  • Makes regular inspections of plant equipment and prepares equipment malfunction reports
  • Cleans and maintains work areas and equipment
  • Starts, stops, and adjusts equipment settings to maintain operational requirements
  • Maintains forms, logs, or reports
  • Analyzes data and communicates recommendations on equipment and systems operations, both verbally and in written reports
  • Adheres to safety protocols and procedures
  • Complies with environmental protection protocols and procedures
  • May work without direct supervision on shift operations
  • Assists with preventative and corrective maintenance as needed
  • Assists in the training and oversight of new employees in these and other safe and efficient plant operational procedures

High school diploma or equivalent.

Willingness and adaptability to work under unpleasant conditions such as extreme noise, dusty or dirty areas, extreme heat and cold, in wet areas and confined spaces is required.

Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds, with our without accommodation.

Experience in the maintenance, repair, and operation of central heating and power plant equipment, including a high degree of mechanical aptitude, such as skill in making repairs and adjustments on all power plant equipment.

Experience in the operation of various power tools, hand tools, and testing equipment used in the mechanical and electrical maintenance field.

Experience in the operation of computer steam flow meters, feed water heaters, feed water pumps, condensate pumps and forced draft fans, of generating equipment and of water testing and water softening.

Experience with the procedures for lockout-tag out, of the safe operation and maintenance of gas and oil fired steam boilers, of steam flow meters, water meters, pressure gauges, temperature gauges, automatic boiler controls, and their related equipment and the operation and use of safety devices are required, as well as ability to learn and properly apply methods and techniques for the correct and safe performance of fairly complex physical and mechanical tasks and materials handling operations.

Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion


Experience operating forklifts, tractors, end loaders, and/or similar equipment.

ASOPE (American Society of Power Engineers) Power Plant Operating Engineer 3rd Class or NIUPE (National Institute for the Uniform Licensing of Power Engineers) PPOE 3rd Class or FOE (Facilities Operating Engineer).

To Apply:

Applicants must submit the following documents using the online application:

Resume and contact information for three (3) professional references.

For questions regarding your application and additional options to apply, contact Human Resources at or 920-424-1166.

Application Deadline:

TO ENSURE CONSIDERATION: Applications received by October 16th are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. Application materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process. Incomplete and/or late application materials may not receive consideration.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment, or if you are not able to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact the Office of Human Resources.

Legal Notices:

AA/EO Statement
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UWO) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. We strongly encourage women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans to apply. UWO, in compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.

DEI Statement
Diversity drives innovation, creativity, and progress. At the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, the culture, identities, life experiences, unique abilities, and talents of every individual contribute to the foundation of our success. Creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable environment is of paramount importance to us. This pursuit prepares all of us to be global citizens who will contribute to the betterment of the world. We are committed to a university culture that provides everyone with the opportunity to thrive.

Reasonable Accommodations
UWO provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual with a disability. If you need assistance or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact or 920-424-1166. This job announcement and other material on this site will be made available in alternate formats upon request to an individual with a disability.

Confidentiality of Applicant Materials
UWO is a State agency and subject to Wisconsin's Open Records Law. UWO will not, however, reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing except as may be required by Wisconsin's Open Records law. In certain circumstances, the identities of "final candidates" and/or the identity of the appointed applicant must be revealed upon request.

CBC & Reference Check Policy
All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a criminal background check, work authorization, and verification of education. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

Work Authorization
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term.

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (Clery Act)
For the UWO Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports (i.e., Clery Report), which includes statistics about reported crimes and information about campus security policies, see, or call UWO Police Department, at (920) 424-1212 for a paper copy.


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All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a criminal background check, work authorization, and verification of education. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

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Reasonable Accommodations

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, UW Oshkosh will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact the Office of Human Resources, Equal Opportunity, Equity & Affirmative Action, (920) 424-1166 or