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Hamline University Boiler Operating Engineer in Saint Paul, Minnesota

Founded in 1854, Hamline was the first university in Minnesota and among the first coeducational institutions in the nation. Hamline University provides a world-class education for undergraduate and graduate students. Our faculty, staff, and students cultivate an ethic of civic responsibility, social justice, and inclusive leadership and service.

Hamline University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Hamline University does not discriminate on the basis of race; color; religion; creed; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity; gender expression; national origin; marital status; familial status; status with regard to public assistance; membership or activity in a local human rights commission; disability; age; protected veteran status; or any other status protected by applicable law in its education or employment programs or activities. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities.


Responsible for the safe operation and maintenance of the university’s high-pressure steam boilers, chillers and other related equipment of the Central Plant. The incumbent also has responsibilities for the operations and maintenance of building systems throughout the campus, including the monitoring and operation of the Building Automation system. This position is responsible to perform preventative and corrective maintenance as needed and respond to all emergencies in a timely manner. This position will also assist other Facilities Services personnel as directed.


  • Operates all boilers and chillers in a safe manner.

  • Completes testing of water treatment daily and takes actions accordingly.

  • Operates the building automation system, making adjustments as appropriate based on building conditions, electrical demands and gas usage.

  • Performs preventative maintenance on all equipment of the Central Plant and throughout all campus facilities.

  • Performs corrective work orders daily and completes appropriate paper work utilizing the CMS.

  • Performs safety checks and testing as required on sprinkler and fire pumps.

  • Maintains the Central Plant and all mechanical rooms in a clean, orderly and professional manner.

  • Assists contractors, vendors and other facilities service personnel with projects, including but not limited to distributing keys and hot work permits.

  • All other duties as requested.


This position reports to the: Chief Engineer. Assists and works with all Facilities Services personnel as needed.

Employee Supervision: N/A

Student Worker Supervision: N/A




  • Knowledge and experience in the operation of high-pressure steam boilers.

  • Knowledge and experience in the operation of a chiller plant.

  • Knowledge and experience with computerized building automation systems.

  • Experience in the use of water/chemical treatment programs.

  • Knowledge and experience in the use, repairs and maintenance of pneumatic and DDC controls.

  • Knowledge and experience in the operation, maintenance and repairs of HVAC and refrigeration systems.

  • Must have good troubleshooting skills on mechanical and electrical systems.

  • Must be able to read blueprints.

  • Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing.


  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent

  • 3 years of experience operating and maintaining a high-pressure steam boiler

  • Minnesota 1st Class B Engineers License (or higher)


  • Post High School education/training in HVAC, refrigeration, building controls and/or other related fields.

  • Operations and maintenance of a high-pressure steam boiler plant and building systems on a higher education campus.


  • Minnesota 1st Class B Engineers License (or higher)


Must perform the following essential functions with or without a reasonable accommodation:

  • Requires the ability to work in a noisy environment.

  • Ability to perform the physical demands of the job (e.g. lifting over 50 pounds, climbing and working from ladders to heights over 20 feet, working from kneeling and stooping positions).

  • Ability to work outside during extreme weather conditions (e.g. rain, snow, freezing temperatures, heat and humidity).


  • This is a full time, 1.0 FTE non-exempt position which requires a minimum of 40 hours a week, 12 months a year.

  • Is a member of a local unionized bargaining unit.

  • This position requires overtime during peak seasons.

  • Occasional night and/or weekend work may be required.

All questions marked ‘Required’ need to be answered in order to submit the application. It is important that your application show all of the relevant education and experience you possess. Applications may be rejected if incomplete. If rejected, you must reapply for the position in order to be considered. A resume or curriculum vitae, a cover letter outlining your qualifications for and interest in the position, contact information for 3 current, professional references, as well as copies of transcripts (if required) must be uploaded with each application .

Since 1854, Hamline has set the standard for excellence in education, and we continue to do so today with the help of driven individuals who are dedicated to Hamline’s tradition of doing all the good we can in all the ways we can. Our community of students, faculty, and staff take seriously the ideals of the university—scholarship, leadership, and fellowship—and work together to enact positive change locally, nationally, and globally. Join us and see how you can take the lead here at Hamline.