Requisition ID:  27755

Associate Power Plant Operator

Job Summary

As the Power Plant Operations you will become proficient in the operation and use of equipment assigned to the position.  

  • Operate, monitor, and log condition; check and maintain proper lubrication, pressures and flows of Power Plant Auxiliary Equipment, pumps, fans, steam turbines, electric motors and air compressors 
  • Be proficient in the operation of the water purification equipment (Demineralizer) system, including demineralizer waste water neutralization system
  • Monitor and maintain holding tank levels, and quality, including condensate tanks, DI water storage tanks, and deaerator storage tanks
  • Calculate equations so as to maintain proper chemical solutions for treatment of the boiler water, as directed by Quality Control Department
  • Interface with equipment computer control systems 
  • Access, log and trend data from computers.  Analyze, interpret computer data and communicate recommendations on equipment and systems operations, both verbally and in written reports
  • Remove ashes from coal fired boiler and through automated ash removal systems
  • Assist the other Power Plant Operators in the operations of the plant boilers
  • Complete training program as outlined in Skills Inventory I, II and III 
  • Maintain cleanliness of assigned areas.  Perform other duties as assigned, i.e. work assignments in plant maintenance, coal crew and other departments, during plant reduced operations requirements 
  • Wade Utility Plant is a 24 hour/day, 7 day a week operation. Various shifts during training   
  • Must be willing to work any shift, weekends and holidays  
  • Must be available for call back operations
  • Overtime as assigned is required


What We're Looking For:

Education and Experience:

  • High School Degree or GED 
  • One (1) year experience in the operation of some type of industrial equipment
  • The operation of fans, compressors, pumps, farm machinery, or other relevant types of rotating, stamping, or moving equipment 
  • The equipment may be electric, steam, hydraulic or air driven
  • Must pass departmental Training Skills Inventory 1 in the first 90 days of employment
  • Valid Driver’s License required

Skills needed:

  • Proven basic math skills, verbal and written communication skills required
  • Demonstrated mechanical aptitude required
  • Ability to take advanced departmental training to learn other positions in the power plant required  
  • Knowledge of either steam, electric, hydraulic air powered equipment preferred
  • Must be able to work from heights up to 100 feet and lift and carry 25 lbs. to 50 lbs. frequently and up to 60 lbs. occasionally



  • Knowledge of water treatment systems, including chemical measuring/handling
  • Ability to perform basic computer operations required, knowledge and experience entering or retrieving word and or excel documents 

Additional Information:

  • Purdue University will not sponsor employment authorization for this position  
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible for Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility:  Defined Contribution Waiting Period
  • Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply
  • Benefit Statement: Purdue University offers a substantial BENEFIT PACKAGE including medical, dental, and vision insurance as well as a generous paid time off package for sick and vacation days

Nearest Major Market: Lafayette