8820 Boiler Fireman


TITLE Boiler Fireman





MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Mechanical Support Services Supervisor


The Boiler Fireman performs skilled work in the operation of high pressure boilers and other auxiliary equipment that provide the required flow of steam for heating and cooling of University buildings and facilities on a continuous around-the-clock basis. The Boiler Fireman operates boiler feed pumps, circulating pumps, and water softeners, maintains a chemical treatment program for effluent systems, charts consumption, and inspects and adjusts the equipment to regulate and maintain a constant steam flow. The Boiler Fireman monitors the performance of heating, cooling, and related systems by interpreting the energy management system alarms and temperature and pressure differentials, troubleshoots problems, and makes adjustments, when necessary. The Boiler Fireman conducts general building maintenance in the power plant and associated utility distribution systems as required. The Boiler Fireman complies with federal regulations governing environmental protection, hazardous waste disposal and the use of chemical substances and materials.


Education: A high school diploma or the equivalent, or graduation from a recognized trade school is required.

Experience: At least four years of successful experience as a boiler fireman in a power house using both electronic and pneumatic controls is required. Knowledge of the principles and methods involved in high pressure heating/cooling systems, water chemistry and conditioning is preferred.

Skills: Ability to read and understand piping and wiring diagrams, blueprints and specifications is required. Numerical ability required in order to make proper calculations. Computer literacy is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

Effort: Must be able to lift and carry materials and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds on a frequent basis and up to 100 pounds on an occasional basis, prolonged standing and frequent bending, stooping, and reaching on a daily basis. Requires a full range of

physical motion in order to operate valves, manual and electrically-powered tools and boiler room equipment. Must be able to move throughout the Power House, including climbing stairs, in order to perform maintenance work. Work is performed primarily indoors, in environments that are noisy, or which could have work hazards. Employees in this job classification (job title) are designated as essential employees and must report to work as scheduled when University offices are closed due to severe weather.

License: A valid Missouri Driver’s License is required. A Stationary Engineer license is preferred.

Other: The scope of the position requires exposure to and use of chemicals, solvents, and cleaners common to boiler room work that may be hazardous and/or cause injury if specific instructions regarding their mixture, use, and disposal/storage are not properly followed.


1. Performs skilled boiler fireman work in the operation of high pressure heating/cooling systems by operating boiler feed pumps, circulating pumps, and water softeners, testing water to determine degree of hardness, mixing boiler compound and treating the water to assure the appropriate degree of softness, maintaining a chemical treatment program for effluent systems, charting consumption and regulating steam flow, and inspecting and adjusting the equipment to maintain a constant steam flow.

2. Corrects equipment malfunctions when indicated by direct observation or in response to instrument indication and notifies the Boiler Room Foreman when major repairs, assistance or services are required.

3. Uses the energy management system to monitor the performance of heating, cooling, and related systems by interpreting alarms and temperature and pressure differentials, troubleshoots problems, and makes adjustments, as needed.

4. Processes emergency work orders after normal campus office hours by responding to calls from other members of the campus community.

5. Practices preventive maintenance of boiler room equipment by regularly inspecting Power House and equipment at auxiliary locations to determine their working condition, performing periodic washing and cleaning of boilers, tubes, pumps, screens, pipes, burners and strainers, replacing broken sight glasses, worn gaskets, and defective meters, and keeping accurate records on each piece of equipment indicating all repairs/breakdowns, required and performed maintenance.

6. Reduces the likelihood for liability regarding the University's compliance with federal regulations by complying with policies, laws, and regulations governing environmental protection, safety, hazardous waste disposal and the use of chemical substances and materials.

7. Contributes to an accident-free work environment by complying with operator's instructions for the use of power tools, wearing protective equipment such as goggles, hearing protectors, back supports, and work gloves, reporting incidents of unsafe work activity to supervisors, and following standard safety precautions during work.

8. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

9. Contributes to the overall success of the Mechanical Maintenance Department by performing other essential duties and responsibilities as assigned.


The Boiler Fireman is supervised by the Boiler Room Foreman and generally does not exercise supervision of others.




Factor 1: Educational Requirements of the Job

Level 2 - 100 Points: The job requires a high school diploma or equivalent.

Factor 2: Skill Requirements - Craft and Trade Skills

Level 4 - 750 Points: Knowledge of an extensive set of operations and procedures, specific skills and demonstrated ability, that requires considerable creativity or mechanical aptitude. Skills at this level normally require more than two and as much as five years of experience and previous training.

Factor 3: Managerial Responsibility

Level 1 - 25 Points: No responsibility for the work of others. Limited responsibility for expenses, purchases, or inventory.

Factor 4: Guidelines

Level 3 - 90 Points: Procedures and standards exist, but considerable latitude in applying procedures and selecting a sequence of activities must be exercised. The employee uses judgment in interpreting and adapting guidelines such as agency policies, regulations, precedents, and work directions for application to specific cases or problems. The employee analyzes results and recommends changes.

Factor 5: Contacts

Level 2 - 50 Points: The purpose may include obtaining or clarifying facts, or providing factual information to others. Contacts may be with coworkers or structured exchanges with students or the general public, and are generally for the purpose of exchange of information. Contacts at this level might include discussing a work order with individuals in a departmental office to more clearly define the problem, or providing directions or information to students or the general public.

Factor 6: Work Environment

Level 3 - 70 Points: The work area involves moderate discomfort and/or risk such as operating heavy machinery or dangerous equipment, or frequent exposure to hazardous materials. Alternatively, the work area may be subject to environmental discomfort such as poor ventilation. Loud noises, and/or extremes of heat or cold. The work often requires wearing protective gear that may be uncomfortable. The nature of the work environment may produce moderate levels of stress.

Factor 7: Physical Demands

Level 3 - 100 Points: Work requires continuous moderate with some strenuous physical exertion including standing, climbing, crawling, and regular lifting of objects over 50 pounds.

Factor 8: Responsibility for Facilities and Resources

Level 3 - 70 Points: At this level would be jobs in which the incumbent has considerable ongoing responsibility for building security and public safety.

Factor 9: Complexity

Level 3 - 450 Points: The work includes various duties involving different and unrelated processes and methods. Decisions regarding what needs to be done depend upon knowledge of the duties, priorities, commitments, policies, and program goals of the supervisor and the department and involve the analysis of the subject, phase, or issues involved in each project or assignment, and the course of action may have to be selected from many alternatives. The work involves elements that must be identified and analyzed to discern interrelationships.