Montana State University Stationary Engineer in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 19133

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Megan Sterl at 406-994-6544 or

Classification Title Stationary Engineer

Working Title Stationary Engineer

Brief Position Overview

A rare opportunity to join the team of Stationary Engineers responsible for operating the MSU Bozeman central heating plant. The Stationary Engineer position is responsible for providing reliable heating supply to campus demands and generating a portion of campus electricity needs.

Position Number 4N1131

Department Heat Plant

Division University Services

Appointment Type Skilled Craft

Contract Term Fiscal Year


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FLSA Non-Exempt

Union Affiliation Operating Engineers

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary $28.58 per hour

Contract Type Classified Hourly

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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

University Services provides responsible leadership and systematic guidance to preserve and advance a safe and effective physical environment in support of education, research and community needs. University Services is comprised of the four service management areas of Engineering and Utilities; Facilities Services; Campus Planning, Design and Construction; and Safety and Risk Management, as well as the Business Management and Administrative areas necessary to support the operation. The Stationary Engineer falls under the Engineering and Utilities area.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Central Heat Plant Operations, Maintenance and Repair Safe and energy-efficient operation, maintenance, and repair of steam boilers, turbine generators, associated equipment, and emergency systems in central plant to provide a reliable steam supply to meet campus demands, and to generate a portion of campus electricity needs. Performs testing and chemical treatment of water; operation of chemical feed equipment; instrument checks and maintenance of operation logs and recorders; boiler status and peripheral equipment (pumps, fans, economizers, pneumatic/electric/electronic control systems, deaerators, compressors, etc.) checks and adjustments; operation of emergency diesel generator and LPG fuel systems; monitoring of emergency fuel reserves; monitoring of natural gas consumption and initiating of demand peak-shaving; monitoring and calibration of air quality compliance system; combustion efficiency tests; manual and janitorial tasks; set up of combustion control motors; troubleshooting and repair of controls; set up of boiler combustion efficiency

  • Small Heating Plant and Steam Distribution Operation, Maintenance, & Repair Safely, reliably, and efficiently operate, maintain, and repair approximately 54 outlying heating plants across campus. Performs testing and chemical treatment of water; operation of chemical feed equipment; instrument checks and maintenance of operation logs and recorders; boiler status and peripheral equipment (pumps, fans, economizers, pneumatic/electric/electronic control systems, deaerators, compressors, etc.) Medium pressure steam distribution from the central plant routes through an extensive tunnel system with limited direct bury piping. Maintain and repair this system including, but not limited to, expansion joints, valves, steam traps, condensate skids, control devices up to, and including, main pressure regulating valves at building connection.

  • Utility Meter Reading Read utility metering systems.

  • Other Duties as Assigned May assist other personnel or perform maintenance, calibration, etc. work on various campus systems and equipment depending on shift and plant operations schedules. Performs related work as directed. Establish and maintain effective working relations within work unit, with other Facilities and campus personnel.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • First Class Montana Boiler Operator’s License.

  • Experience with operation and maintenance of steam boiler systems including chemical treatment programs, emergency diesel-powered generators and emergency fuel systems.

  • Knowledge of the operation of steam turbine generator systems.

  • Demonstrated working knowledge of work safety procedures, such as lockout/tagout and chemical safety.

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Experience with electronic combustion controls, emissions monitoring, and air quality compliance.

  • Experience working in a University or institutional environment.

The Successful Candidate Will

  • Consistently exercise initiative and good judgment

  • Effectively and safely operate work-related equipment and tools

  • Work proficiently in the use of a computerized maintenance management system, e-mail, and other computer applications as assigned or required

  • Accurately follow written and oral instructions and procedures

  • Communicate effectively with employees and the public, both in person and over the phone

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisor, co-workers, and the public

  • Be a successful team player

  • Represent the department and MSU to others in a professional and courteous manner

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

Shift: The plant operates 24 hours/day, 7 days/week and uses a modified DuPont 12 hour shift. Work is also performed on an overtime basis.

Must possess a valid driver’s license, an acceptable driving record, and meet all State of Montana requirements to operate State/University vehicles. Please do not send a copy of the driver’s license at this time. (If successful candidate possess a valid out-of-state driver’s license, must obtain a valid Montana driver’s license within 60 days of hire.)

For questions regarding a First Class Montana Boiler Operator’s License, please contact the State Licensing Board in Helena, MT at (406) 841-2064, or visit

Physical Demands

  • Performing physical tasks associated with the operation of steam boilers and plant equipment, including valve operations, moving and transporting materials (package weights to 50# is common)

  • Working under temperature extremes, especially heat

  • Working from and negotiating elevated catwalks, stairs, ladders, manholes and crawlspaces

  • Working with and around moving equipment such as motors, pumps, fans, turbine-generators, and emergency diesel and liquefied-propane-gas systems

  • Expose to and handling of water treatment chemicals and reagents.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

This position has supervisory duties? No

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date At the conclusion of a successful search.

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Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on November 1, 2018; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: .