Boiler Plant Equipment Mechanic

Location: Bethesda / Maryland

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Employment type: Full-Time

Pay: Competitive/year

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Job description

Req#: LOC00456


Lockwood Hills, an Akima Company, provides critical mission support services for federal civilian and military operations. With four areas of proven expertise, Lockwood Hills can conquer the operational challenges of any federal mission from remote installations stateside to secure locations overseas. Our work includes safeguarding vital installations and personnel, maintaining and modifying aircraft, keeping operations on track with integrated logistics, and driving business with records management and administrative support services. Our personnel enjoy competitive benefits packages and challenging roles in work environments committed to safety, diversity and opportunity for career growth. As an Alaska Native Corporation (ANC), 100% of our company’s profits go back to our 14,300 Iñupiat shareholders that have resided near and above the Arctic Circle for more than 10,000 years. Our business helps support their way of life and contributes to the survival of a culture that has thrived in a challenging environment.


  • Mechanic performs journey level trades work as a Boiler Plant Equipment Mechanic and installs, maintains, and repairs a variety of complex equipment and systems involving power boilers with complicated components, critical requirements, and rigid toleran

  • Repairs, troubleshoots, and maintains single-and-multiple fuel power boilers and associated auxiliary and pollution control equipment such as, water treatment systems, chemical dispensers, electrostatic precipitators, bag houses and ash removal equipment, and wet particulate scrubbe

  • Makes complex technical decisions and judgments for repairs on complex boiler systems and subsystems with limited technical guidance. Uses judgment to plan equipment repairs and determines maintenance requirements. Is responsible for assuring all safety procedures and environmental control safeguards are followed when working near hot surfaces, chemical compounds, or moving machinery. Completed work is reviewed by the supervisor for adherence to established practices, outlined objectives, and technical requirements.

  • Power boilers to which assigned use multi-fuel such as, oil, gas, coal, wood, refuse derived fuel (RDF), tire chips, or combination fuels in steam or hot water production and distribution plants. Power boilers serviced include a variety of auxiliary components such as, fuel delivery systems, induced draft fans, conveyor belts, pre-heaters, coal pulverizes, worm screw feeders, moving floors, de-aerating equipment, water treatment equipment, economizers, and air compressors that often require regular adjustment and maintenance to meet rigid tolerances.

  • Monitors and tests the operation of power boiler systems to identify malfunctions and potential problems with equipment such as, automatic controls, valves, bag houses, electrostatic precipitators, lime slurry systems, fly ash recovery systems, piping, pumps, and related components. Examines, adjusts, and as necessary, replaces and repairs equipment such as, pneumatic and electrical thermostats, governors, regulators, switches, fuel cutoff devices, burners, fuel feed and flame safeguard controls, steam gland seals, bearings, and drive gears.

  • Maintains burners, burner nozzles, and orifice assemblies, and dismantles and locates defects and reassembles and reinstalls components. Services units by cleaning or replacing filters, strainers, orifices, ignition devices, and other items on power boilers.

  • Maintains, repairs, and troubleshoots power boilers and their components using specialized test equipment. Performs preventative and scheduled maintenance on plant systems and equipment including, boiler feed pumps, fuel oil pumps, air compressors, turbines, generators, boiler fixtures, combustion fans and water treatment equipment such as softener/demineralizers and chemical feed system.

  • Balances, aligns, and maintains turbines, pumps, generators, compressors, and maintains ash shredding equipment and pre-heaters.

  • Repairs or replaces flame gauges, controls, relief valves, and ignition devices. Troubleshoots electrical and pneumatic controls.

  • May perform limited diagnostic checks on electronic control devices to determine sources of malfunctions of power boilers.

  • May be required to maintain remote heating boilers and perform major overhauls of the entire system including repair, replacement, and installation of boiler tubes, refractory linings, electronic and electrical controls, and associated components.

  • May work with complex burner management controls and examine electronic and electro-mechanical controls and support equipment for power boilers using infrared, ultra-violet, and related testing devices.  

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Journey level knowledge and skill to install, maintain, and repair a variety of steam and/or hot water equipment systems involving power boilers with complicated components, critical requirements, and rigid tolerances.
  • Thorough knowledge of mechanical, electromechanical, and pneumatic principles and a working knowledge of electronics to repair and maintain power boilers and associated auxiliary and pollution control equipment.
  • Thorough knowledge of automatic and semi-automatic boiler management systems that use manual, electric, electronic, pneumatic, and mechanical controls. Skills to troubleshoot, maintain, repair, and replace defective equipment and components in power plants and heating systems.
  • Working knowledge of electronic controls and devices to identify equipment malfunctions, assess repair requirements, and replace or coordinate repairs for state-of-the-art control systems such as, microprocessors and other solid state devices.
  • Skill in troubleshooting and repair of pollution control equipment such as, bag houses and electrostatic precipitators; skill to repair, install, connect, and adjust variable speed motors, control relays, solenoids, limit switches, thermostats, rheostats, aquastats, and other similar devices.
  • Skill to maintain, repair, and adjust hydraulic, safety valves, feed water pumps, fuel lines and gas line components, coal pulverizers, combustion fans, unfired pressure vessels, and coal and ash handling equipment. Skill in the use of stationary and industrial type power equipment such as, power saws, lathes, and grinders to repair or install equipment.
  • Skill in the use of test equipment such as, combustion analyzers, magnehelics/manometers, draft gage, IR cameras, thermal imaging guns, metal thickness gage, pyrometers, ohmmeters, and flow meters to identify defects, repairs needed, or preventive maintenance required.
  • Working knowledge of boiler water treatment equipment and/or systems.

Physical Effort:


  • May work in tiring or uncomfortable positions for long periods. The work may require frequent standing, bending, crouching, kneeling, or climbing. May occasionally work from scaffolds and platforms and may perform strenuous work while standing, sitting, or lying. May frequently lift and carry tools and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds and occasionally items weighing more with assistance of material lifting devices or other workers.

Working conditions:

  • The work is usually performed indoors on concrete surfaces where there is exposure to; dust, dirt, hazardous chemicals, High-temperature surfaces, high ambient temperatures, direct steam, excessive noise, rotating machinery, asbestos insulation, confined spaces, high voltage, hazardous fumes, high pressure air, steam, or fluids.

  • May occasionally service equipment outdoors under adverse weather conditions. May be exposed to the potential for burns, electrical shocks, cuts, strains, bruises, and chemical irritations. To reduce dangers from these and other similar conditions follows prescribed safety practices and Proper use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as, safety Eye and Ear protection, reflective vests, aprons, face shield, coveralls, hard-toe shoes, respirators, hardhats, and fire retardant gloves.

Other requirements:

  • Current Secret Clearance or National Agency Check with Law and Credit (NACLC) to meet suitability and eligibility requirements.  The NACLC investigation, favorably adjudicated with eligibility of SECRET
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Must be U.S. Citizens, or provide Proof of Naturalization (if born outside the U.S.) or maintain a USCIS Form 1-551 (United States Permanent Resident (Green Card). Personnel cannot hold dual citizenship
  • Ability to acquire a Common Access Card (CAC).
  • All personnel on this contract must speak, read, and comprehend English to the extent that they can perform the contract requirements and comply with installation emergency procedures.
  • Be able to wear and use all required personal protective equipment (PPE) to meet requirements of duties being performed (safety Eye and Ear protection, reflective vests, aprons, face shield, coveralls, hard-toe shoes, respirators, hardhats, and fire retardant gloves).  


The duties and responsibilities listed in this job description generally cover the nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position.  This is not intended to be a complete list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required.  Subject to the terms of an applicable collective bargaining agreement, the company management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as may be necessary.  We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for the position; however, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

We are an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment, without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender or gender-identity, age, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability, pregnancy or parental status, or any other basis prohibited by law.

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