County of Alameda

Boiler Room Operator (#9660)

Bargaining Unit: BTC - Crafts and Trades (002)
$43.46-$48.08 Hourly / $3,476.80-$3,846.40 BiWeekly /
$7,533.07-$8,333.87 Monthly / $90,396.80-$100,006.40 Yearly

Under close supervision, to assist in the operation and maintenance of steam power and heating equipment; to oil and grease auxiliary equipment; to repair simple electrical and mechanical appliances; to help repair or fabricate complex or specialized electrical and mechanical equipment; to clean the boiler room and adjoining areas; and to do related work as required.


Incumbents in this class are always under the supervision of a watch engineer who is either in the boiler room or on the grounds within call and are responsible for routine operation and maintenance of the boilers and auxiliary equipment.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Inspects boilers for proper water levels and steam pressures; inspects boiler feed pumps, fuel oil supply, and condensate drain pumps, air compressors, draft fans, feed-water heater, and water softeners for proper operation.

2. Lights boilers, raises steam to operating pressures, and connects boiler to steam distribution lines.

3. Logs telephone calls and messages pertaining to upkeep and repairs; brings calls of an emergency nature to attention of proper authorities.

4. Performs minor electrical, mechanical or plumbing repairs on bed lamps, vacuum cleaners, call bells, valves, plumbing stoppages, broken steam lines, locks, and door stops.

5. Helps engineer, plumber, or electrician repair, fabricate or install pumps, burners, control devices, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, steam, water and sewage systems, electrical power, lighting and communication equipment, and special medical apparatus.

6. Sweeps, cleans, waxes or polishes boiler room and adjoining areas, and equipment installed therein.

Either I


The equivalent of one year of recent, paid experience in the operation and repair of boilers and related equipment or in general maintenance and mechanical work.


Some acceptable combination of education and appropriate experience.


Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Common tools required in building maintenance.
• Operation and maintenance of steam boilers and related pumps, valves and piping systems,
• Safety precautions and hazards of pressure vessels and lines.


• Maintenance and repair of plumbing fixtures and simple electrical equipment including fuses, circuit breakers, electrical cords, etc.
• Reading charts and gauges and performing arithmetic computations.
• Keeping accurate records.
• Following written and verbal instructions.

Old document: 0899h
New document: Jobspecs/9660
CSC Date: 6/14/77


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.


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