Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Power Plant Operator Trainee (40 Hour)

Recruitment #190802-9317FM-001


The State of Connecticut, University of Connecticut’s Facilities Operations Department has three (3) job openings for Power Plant Operator Trainees.  The Co-Generation Plant produces high-pressure superheated steam, electrical power and chilled water to supply energy to its Storrs campus.  The plant has three 7 MW Solar combustion turbines as well as a 5 MW steam turbine and associated support equipment.  

These positions will receive on-the-job training in order to complete the requirements of a Power Plant Operator 1 job classification within a period of time not to exceed two years.  These are permanent, full-time positions, working a rotating shift.  Five (5) teams of three (3) persons rotate working eight (8) hour weekdays and twelve (12) hour weekends. This is often called the “8 Plus 12 Plan”.  Hourly salary is $23.11 and is non-negotiable.  A full benefit package including medical and dental insurance is available.  

These positions may be eligible for weekend and shift differential.    These positions are categorized as Emergency Support Services/Essential Staff.  Must be willing and able to work during emergency closures/delayed openings due to inclement weather or for significant events that effect campus operations.  Applicants must also be willing to respond to emergencies on overtime (nights, weekends or holidays).  Applicants must possess a current motor vehicle operator license.

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Selection Plan

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the minimum qualifications as listed on the job opening and must specify your qualifications on your application.   If selected for an interview, you will be asked to provide the names, titles and phone numbers of three professional references.  In addition, current state employees will be asked to provide copies of the last two (2) performance appraisals.  Employment will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment physical examination, including drug testing, as well as a criminal background check.

Questions pertaining to this position should be directed to UConn HR’s Services Unit phone number, 860-486-3034.


At the University of Connecticut, Storrs, this class is for receiving on-the-job training in the operations, monitoring and maintenance of the cogeneration power plant.


Receives on-the-job training to perform tasks as outlined for the Power Plant Operator 1; assists in the operation, monitoring and maintaining of multiple power plant equipment for safe operation and production of high pressure superheated steam, electrical power and chilled water to meet energy needs; tours power plant to check and ensure reliable operation of equipment and to detect faculty or erratic operation of systems through excessive vibration, abnormal noises, extreme temperatures and/or leakages; monitors gauges and other devices to standards and records performance indicators on log deficiency report; coordinates equipment abnormalities and assists in diagnosis with the control room Power Plant Operator 2; performs preventative maintenance repairs ; performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of general industrial or manufacturing operations, maintenance and repair of mechanical equipment; knowledge of industrial instrumentation and control systems; knowledge of arithmetic functions including algebra and geometry; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; some ability to read and interpret schematic diagrams; ability to utilize computer software.


Experience in an industrial or manufacturing setting to include the operation, maintenance and repair of mechanical equipment.

Note: Based on an individual’s technical experience, the length of credited service will be determined at the discretion of facility management.


1. Graduation from a vocational or technical school with a diploma in a program related to mechanical equipment, mechanical engineering or related field may be substituted for the General Experience.

2. College training in mechanical engineering or a related field may be substituted for the General Experience.  Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience.


Preference will be given to those applicants who can effectively demonstrate the following in their submitted applications:

  • Some knowledge of theory and application of large high pressure boilers equipped with super heaters, heat recovery steam generators, steam turbines and auxiliary systems
  • Some ability to apply basic principles of physics, chemistry, thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid flow, and combustion
  • Some ability to read and interpret piping and instrument diagrams, electrical one-line, schematic and logic diagrams
  • Some knowledge of 7MW solar combustion turbines
  • A heating/piping/cooling or plumbing license


1.       Incumbents in this class may be required by the appointing authority to possess and retain appropriate current licenses, permits and/or certifications.

2.       Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain specific education and/or experience to meet various certification requirements.


1. Incumbents in this class must have adequate physical strength, stamina, physical agility and visual and auditory acuity, and must maintain such physical fitness as to be able to perform the duties.
2. A physical examination may be required.


Incumbents in this class may be required to lift moderate to heavy weights, use protective equipment such as respirators and safety goggles and may be exposed to significant levels of noise, dust, heat and risk of injury from equipment and/or environmental conditions.


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The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.