Boiler Plant Operator

Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland
Mar 24, 2023
Apr 02, 2023
Full Time

  • Execute decisions when the supervisor is not on duty and is the operator in charge of the plant.
  • Perform boiler plant equipment mechanic duties.
  • Operate the large central boiler plant for the organization.
  • Receive after-hours emergency trouble calls relating to areas such as a variety of trades and crafts in order to take appropriate action.
  • Determine when adjustment of complex controls /auxiliary equipment is necessary.
  • Notify the supervisor in the event of a serious malfunction of equipment.


Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • This position requires the completion of a pre-employment Physical Examination and an annual examination thereafter to ensure the continued, required level of physical health and ability or fitness to perform the duties of the position.
  • This position has been designated "Mission Essential". In the event of severe weather conditions or other such emergency type situations the incumbent is required to report to work or remain at work as scheduled to support mission operations.
  • This position has a requirement to lift up to 50 lbs. in the regular performance of duties.
  • This position requires shift work to provide coverage on evenings, weekends, holidays, or special situations. Employee shifts are rotated on a regularly scheduled basis.
  • This position requires the employee to use personal protective equipment provided by the employer.


Who May Apply: US Citizens
- Military Spouses

In order to qualify, you must meet the experience requirements described below. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience.

Screen Out Element :There is no specific length of training or experience required. However, you must be able to demonstrate, through experience shown in your written application materials that you possess the sufficient knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the work of this position without more than normal supervision.

Minimum Qualifications (Screen Out Element): Ability to do the work of a Boiler Plant Operator, WG-11 without more than normal supervision. Failure to meet this Screen out Element will result in an ineligible rating.

To meet the basic eligibility, you must receive at least two points on the screen-out element indicated above and must have an average of two points on all the job elements listed below. Your application will be further evaluated to determine if you meet the best qualified cut-off for referral to the selecting official.


In addition to the Screen Out Element, you must also meet the Selective Placement Factors (listed below):

Selective Placement Factors: Applicants will need to submit a copy of their licenses along with the application. Failure to attach licenses will result in an ineligible rating.

Incumbent must possess prior to appointment (and be willing to maintain) a current Grade 1 Stationary Engineers License issued by the State of Maryland. This is required for the WG-11 level. (NOTE: Must submit a copy of the Grade 1 Stationary Engineers license with your application package. Failure to attach license will result in an ineligible rating).

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:
  • Ability To Do The Work Of The Position Without More Than Normal Supervision
  • Ability to Interpret Instructions, Specification, etc. (includes blueprint reading)
  • Dexterity and Safety
  • Knowledge of Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair, etc.
  • Operation of Boiler Plant Operator (specify equipment, machinery, etc.)
  • Technical Practices (theoretical, precise, artistic)
  • Use of Measuring Instruments

Physical Effort
Occasionally may work in awkward or cramped positions when making minor repairs. Frequent walking, standing, and climbing is required when checking equipment. The use of ladders is required. Boiler plant operators frequently work in confined areas in and around boilers and supporting equipment (i.e., auxiliary and pollution control equipment). The work required moderate to strenuous effort and long periods of walking, standing, climbing, bending, and crouching. Workers frequently lift and carry boiler parts and chemical supplies weighing up to 50 pounds (23 kilograms) unassisted, and occasionally items weighing over 50 pounds (23 kilograms)with assistance from other workers or with the use of weight handling equipment.

Working Conditions
Boiler plant workers work indoors and occasionally work outside for short periods where they are subject to prevailing weather conditions. Incumbent is subjected to high temperatures from boilers, hazard from possible boiler explosions, toxic fumes, high noise level, scalding, minor cuts and bruises. Various protective devices such as safety shoes, gloves, respirators, safety glasses, and coveralls are provided, when job requires, to minimize these conditions. Operator being exposed to high noise levels, use either ear plugs or ear muffs to minimize noise exposure. In addition, they work on catwalks and ladders where there is the potential to fall.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
  • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
  • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.
  • This is a Career Program (CP) 18 - Engineers & Scientists (Construction) position.
  • You may claim military spouse preference (MSP).
  • If a MSP applicant is determined best qualified and selected, placement must be at the full performance level for priority consideration.
  • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
  • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
  • If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .
  • Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest.
  • Information may be requested regarding the vaccination status of selectees for the purposes of implementing workplace safety protocols. For more information, visit .