Montana State University

Classified Position
Vacancy Announcement
February 21, 2014

Facilities Services

Position Number     4N0184
Start Date Upon successful completion of selection process
Starting Salary

Wage of $26.86 per hour.

FTE Full-time (1.0 FTE)
Benefits Eligible for benefits
Bargaining Unit Operating Engineers
Overtime Status Eligible for overtime

Founded in 1893 as a Land Grant University, Montana State University (MSU) is composed of eight academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Currently, the University hosts an enrollment of over 13,000 students, including approximately 1,900 graduate students. MSU is recognized as one of 106 U.S. Research Universities representing the top tier of the Carnegie Foundation rankings.

MSU is located in Bozeman, Montana, an extended community of about 70,000 nestled in the Rocky Mountains in southwest Montana. In addition to providing access to an extraordinary ecosystem for teaching and research programs, Bozeman is renowned for year-round recreational and cultural opportunities to include access to world class ski areas, multiple blue ribbon trout streams and the Gallatin National Forest. The local airport is served by four national airlines and is the second busiest airport in the state. Named an All American City, Bozeman boasts high-quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, acclaimed public and private schools, a symphony orchestra and choir, an annual opera, and nationally known events such as the Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts held in early August of each year. Powder Magazine identified Bozeman, with "three distinctly different" major ski resorts within an hour's drive, as the number one place to live and ski in its November 2010 Magazine. ranked Bozeman #2 on the list of American Dreamtowns - small towns that offer the best quality of life without metropolitan hassles. The K-12 educational system, growing reputation of Montana State University, and pristine natural environment of the area combine to make Bozeman one of America's most desirable university towns. Bozeman is located in the beautiful Gallatin Valley, 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.


Facilities Services is charged with the maintenance and operations of all university buildings, grounds, and infrastructure systems. Facilities is comprised of the four service management areas of Environmental Services, Campus Maintenance, Engineering and Utilities, and General Operations, as well as the Business Management and Administrative areas necessary to support the Facilities operation.

Duties and

Under direction of the HVAC Supervisor, the person in this position is responsible for: safe and energy-efficient operation of steam boilers, turbine generators, peripheral 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; performing testing and chemical treatment of water; operating chemical feed equipment; checking and maintaining instruments and operation recorders; checking and adjusting boiler and peripheral equipment (pumps, fans, economizers, pneumatic/electric/electronic control systems, deaerators, compressors, etc.); operating emergency diesel generator and LPG fuel systems; monitoring emergency fuel reserves; monitoring natural gas consumption and initiating demand peak shaving; conducting combustion efficiency tests; performing manual and janitorial tasks and maintenance duties on plant as assigned; may maintain preventive maintenance program data (manual and computer records); keeping logs of operations, events and contacts; assisting other personnel or performing maintenance, calibration, etc. work on various campus systems and equipment, depending on shift and plan operations schedules; and performing related duties as assigned.

Please respond, on a separate sheet(s) of paper, to EACH required and preferred qualification listed below by summarizing how your work experience and training relates to each of them. Specific examples should be included to aid the search committee in evaluating your qualifications.

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1.   First Class Montana Boiler Operator’s License, plus high school graduation or G.E.D.
2.   Knowledge of, and experience with, boiler operations, equipment, and electronic control systems.
3.   Knowledge of, and experience with, chemical treatment programs for steam boilers and operations.
4.   Experience reliably fulfilling work responsibilities with minimal direct supervision.
5.   Experience with emergency power systems, such as diesel-powered generators.
6.   Knowledge of, and experience with, emergency fuel systems.
7.   Demonstrated competence in the use of hand and power tools used in the operation and maintenance of boilers and auxiliary equipment.
8.   Knowledge of the operation of turbine generator systems.
9.   Demonstrated working knowledge of work safety procedures, such as lockout/tagout and chemical safety.
10.   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.)
1.   Experience with electronic combustion controls, emissions monitoring, and air quality compliance.
2.   Experience working in a University or institutional environment.
The Successful
Candidate Will

The successful candidate will also have the following abilities: 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; and represent the department to others in a professional and courteous manner.

1.   In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.
2.   Position duties include: performing physical tasks associated with the operation of steam boilers and plant equipment, including valve operations, moving and lifting materials (package weights to 50# is common); maintenance/repair work; 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; handling and feeding water treatment chemicals and reagents.

Shift: The plant operates 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, and uses a Kelly system, which requires this position to work rotating shifts. Work is also performed on an overtime basis.


Screening will begin March 7, 2014, and continue until a suitable candidate is chosen.


To apply, please submit the following application materials:

  • The MSU Application Cover Sheet. Download the MSU Application Cover Sheet and pertinent application information by clicking here MSU Classified Employment Application.
  • Written responses to the Required and Preferred qualifications listed above.
  • Employment History or Resume
  • At least three (3) supervisory/professional references with contact information (most recent/current) supervisor preferred.
  • Electronic submissions in Word or PDF are highly preferred but hard copies will be accepted. An original signature on the MSU Application Cover Sheet is required via scanned PDF, fax, or hardcopy original to the address below. Submit materials to:

    Kerry Evans, Personnel Officer
    Montana State University
    Facilities Services
    Plew Building, 6th & Grant
    P.O. Box 172760
    Bozeman, MT 59717-2760
    Phone: 406-994-7664
    Fax: 406-994-6572

    Posted 02/21/14kw