Boiler Plant Operator

Location: Washington / District Of Columbia

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Employment type: Full-Time

Pay: Competitive/year

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Job description

Req#: LOC00468

Lockwood Hills, LLC, 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.


  • Operates all equipment in a boiler plant to produce and control the amount of steam necessary to meet demands. These demands are significantly affected by the large amounts of steam or high pressure temperature water provide by the boiler plant.
  • Ignites fires, puts boilers in service, and closes down boilers.
  • Periodically makes rounds of the plant to visually check equipment to see that is operating properly.
  • Maintains constant observation of flow meters and charts to determine how much steam is being produced, whether it is meeting or exceeding demands, how much fuel is being used, etc.
  • Fires up to take boilers off the line.
  • Determines whether to up or lower fires in boilers, whether to use pressure reducing valves, whether water pumps should be started or stopped and for how long.
  • Adjusts firing controls, fuel feeds, and air drafts for best combustion efficiency.
  • Operates numerous auxiliary equipment, such as pumps, water heaters, fans, and de-aerating equipment.
  • Collects samples of boiler water, performs prescribed tests, and determines amount of chemicals to be fed into boilers for treatment of water and control of corrosion and chemical concentrations.
  • Maintains constant observation for defects in the system. In the event problems arise, either repairs malfunctions or notifies the supervisor.
  • Follows standard  emergency procedures until trouble can be corrected. Maintains logs, records, and other plant data as required.
  • Performs routine operational maintenance, e.g., cleans burners, oils and grease moving parts, packs valves and pumps, cleans oil strainers, etc. May be required to locate and repair limited electrical problems in oil burning controls, safety devices, etc.
  • Operates various types of air conditioning and cooling systems. Starts stops and adjusts equipment. Regulates refrigerant, water temperatures and pressures by manipulating appropriate switches, rheostats, valves and levers.
  • Tours the plant making minor repairs, oiling and greasing equipment, thawing frozen valves, replacing fuses and defective recording devices.
  • Maintains log of plant equipment and keeps all machinery and spaces clean.
  • The work shall be checked through occasional observation for adherence to operating techniques and established procedures.

Minimum Requirements: 

  • Shall have a minimum of six (6) months experience in the operation of large (100 tons or more) air conditioning and/or refrigerant, or two (2) years' experience as an air conditioning equipment mechanic helper or apprentice.
  • Shall have knowledge of the location and function of all equipment controls, meters and gauges in the plant, and experienced skill to determine appropriate action to meet significantly complex demands.
  • Shall have knowledge of prescribed tests and chemicals to test and treat boiler water.
  • Knowledge of drawings and circuit diagrams of the boiler plant and auxiliary equipment to quickly locate defects in the system and perform minor repairs.
  • Thorough knowledge of the fuels used, the chemical reactions involved in combustion, and the proper fuel air ratio needed for maximum efficiency.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of maintenance requirements and the procedures or adjustments required for controlling pollutants.
  • Must independently plan and carry out the work in accordance with established operating methods and procedures.
  • Must demonstrate ability for making complex determinations due to the amounts of steam or high temperature water provided by the plant.
  • In addition to having general manual dexterity, basic math knowledge, and mechanical aptitude, boiler plant operators must be licensed by the state. Licensing applicants must pass a written examination, have a certain amount of experience (such as through an apprenticeship program).
  • Proof of successfully passing a stationary engineer exam preferred.

 Working Conditions:

  • Majority of work is performed indoors; however, will be exposed to extreme temperatures, smoke, dirt, noise, unpleasant odors, toxic fumes, soot, toxic dust, water, fuel oil, chemicals and all types of weather conditions.
  • Work may result in cuts, bruises, or burns from steam, heat, chemicals or machinery.
  • Exposed to eye injuries and frostbite from escaping refrigerants.



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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