MO Project: Contextual Branding

Boiler Operator

  • Boiler Operator
  • What will I be doing?
  • Do I qualify?
  • Can I be successful?
  • Benefits
  • How do I apply?
Class Number: 
Annual Salary Range:
$26,316.00 – $41,736.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,096.50 – $1,739.00
Pay Grade: 

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This is entry-level work in the operation and maintenance of high pressure steam boilers, or high pressure/high temperature water boilers and auxiliary equipment. 


Job Duties

Operates and maintains high pressure steam boilers (above 15 pounds pressure), or high pressure/high temperature water boilers (above 160 pounds pressure at 250 degrees Fahrenheit) for the production of facility heating, hot water and/or electrical generation.

Operates and maintains auxiliary equipment such as water softeners, boiler feed pumps, fuel conveyors, vacuum pumps and circulating pumps.

Monitors water levels, pressure readings, fuel consumption and other related operations; performs chemical tests on water; records readings in the plant operations log.

Adjusts controls on equipment to maintain a proper flow of steam and/or water and to ensure safety of operation.

Powers down, cleans, and assists in the repair and maintenance of boilers and auxiliary equipment.

Blows down and washes boilers; scrapes and cleans flues; cleans pumps, screens, pipes, oil burners, strainers, and related parts and equipment.

Receives general administrative direction; work is reviewed through inspections and efficiency of operations.

Maintains a clean and safe work area around boilers and auxiliary equipment.

Performs other related work as assigned.

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(The following requirements will determine merit system eligibility, experience and education ratings, and may be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers. When practical and possible, the Division of Personnel will accept substitution of experience and education on a year-for-year basis.)

Two or more years of experience in the operation of boilers and auxiliary equipment in a high pressure steam, or high pressure/high temperature water boiler room; and completion of the eighth grade.

Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.

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Key Skills

Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?

Intermediate knowledge of the operation and maintenance of high pressure steam boilers, and/or high pressure/high temperature water boilers and related auxiliary equipment.

Intermediate knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions of the trade.

Intermediate knowledge of firing methods and the construction and repair of boiler room equipment.

Introductory knowledge of the tools, methods and practices used in maintaining boilers and auxiliary equipment.

Ability to accurately monitor and record boiler operations and to make adjustments as necessary.

Ability to understand and follow instructions.

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