Duke University Job Description:


Job Code: 0887 


Job Level: 04 

Revised Date: 04/01/2020  

Job Family: JF 21 

Occupational Summary

Assist the steam plant operator in the operation of Steam Plant and auxiliary equipment by performing semi-skilled work to include monitoring and servicing boilers and auxiliary equipment, fuel and ash handling, fire tending and cleaning of areas as assigned and/or instructed.

Work Performed

Test boiler water and add chemicals to maintain boiler water treatment as directed.

Assist the steam plant operator in the operation of the University Steam Plant which includes, but is not limited to, monitoring and servicing plant equipment; monitoring control boards and equipment as assigned; making minor adjustments to equipment according to standards and procedures, notifying the operator as required.

Assist the steam plant operator in the control and tending of boiler fuel combustion to assure proper and efficient operation; adjust stoker, assist in blowing down glasses and column.

Unload coal from railroad car; fill bunkers with coal; operate and maintain coal conveyers; handle other types of fuel as needed. Assist in maintaining a clean and orderly working environment by cleaning assigned areas; clean fires and remove ashes from boilers as scheduled.

Weigh and mix chemicals to be added to boiler water as directed.

Perform routine mechanical tasks in the servicing of steam plant equipment to include changing oil filters, checking scales, testing emergency generator and filling boiler tanks with water. Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.

Required Qualifications at this Level


Work requires ability to understand and follow verbal and written instructions generally acquired through a partial high school education or an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience.

Possess a valid North Carolina Driver's license.

Possess a valid Duke forklift operator card.



Work requires six months heating plant experience.






The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

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Essential Physical Job Functions

Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.