Steam Plant Foreman Duties
This is highly skilled supervisory and technical work in the
operation, repair, and maintenance of central steam plant and
its operating machinery, and in the project supervision of
machine shop personnel.
This individual is responsible for applying technical mechanical
engineering skills and knowledge to a variety of central steam
plant problems, with emphasis placed on supervising crews of
skilled and semiskilled assistants in the operation and repair
of the coal and gas/oil fired boilers. Work includes management
of various difficult tasks such as diagnosing complex equipment
malfunctions and the procurement or fabrication and assembly of
complex precision parts. Work also involves limited design
responsibilities, preparation of routine reports, maintenance of
routine records, and giving guidance regarding work methods and
techniques. Assignments are received in the form of oral and
written instructions, penciled layouts, blue prints, sketches,
and from work or broken parts. Technical judgement and
discretion is used in making decisions. Work is performed with
considerable independence under the general direction from the
department head and is reviewed through efficient equipment
operation, discussions, reports, and inspections.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Inspects and establishes annual plant operating, maintenance,
and repair programs.
Plans, assigns, schedules, and supervises the shifts in the 24
hour operation and maintenance of a large high pressure steam
generating plant, fired by gas/oil or coal.
Analyzes logs, and other records pertaining to the steam plant
operations to determine efficiency, loading conditions, and
general operating conditions of the plant; directs and
supervises preventive maintenance and overhaul programs for the
Administers boiler water treatment program used by the steam
Supervises the work of a steam equipment mechanic with
responsibilities for the fabrication of a wide variety of metal
components, mechanical devices, and the repair of pumps and
other machinery and equipment.
Prepares simple design of parts and devices to be fabricated.
Instructs and trains personnel in improved and safe techniques
Performs or participates "on call" in the more difficult and
complex tasks or emergencies.
Establishes stockage level for critical plant components and
orders supplies, materials, and equipment.
Collects/records data, used for maintaining and preparing
environmental records and reports required by various
Conducts interviews and makes hiring decisions.
Performs related work as required.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Graduation from a 2 year technical college and/or 4 years
equivalent training with 5 years of experience as a high
pressure steam plant supervisor and some journeyman machinist
capabilities, or any equivalent combination of training and
Position requires a license or the ability to obtain a license
to repair, install and service H.P. boilers within 6 months of
employment. Position requires basic computer skills to include
some experience with Windows.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Thorough knowledge of the theory, principles, methods, and
techniques governing the operations, maintenance, and repair of
a high pressure steam plant. Specifically, the employee must
have an understanding and appreciation of the laws of
thermodynamics, combustion efficiency, the characteristics of
fuels, boiler performance, the evaluation of condensate
collection and return systems, load balancing and scheduling,
insulation and refractory, lubrication, control of steam
turbines and power generation, and testing of fuels.
Thorough knowledge of the methods, techniques, tools, equipment,
and material of the machinist and welding trades.
Considerable knowledge of ASME standards and codes and
Considerable knowledge of energy management.
Considerable knowledge of the occupational hazards and necessary
safety precautions related to steam plant operations.
Working knowledge of cogeneration.
Working knowledge of boiler water treatment.
Ability to understand instrumentation gauges and meters,
application, calibration, and maintenance.
Ability to judge the reasonableness of field data based upon
sound analytical techniques.
Ability to detect and locate malfunctions and defects in plant
apparatus as well as interpreting impending failure from boiler
Ability to supervise the work of boiler operators, steam
equipment mechanics, machinists and assistant foreman and ensure
proper operating regimen is followed.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working
relationships with university personnel.
Ability to prepare routine reports and maintain routine records.
Ability to operate a computer.
Skill in the use and care of tools and shop equipment and