Skilled Trades Technician, Plant Operations - Energy Division

Apply for the position, Skilled Trades Technician, Plant Operations - Energy Division, with Fort Hays State University today or contact Human Resource Office for more information. Posted Apr 22, 2024.

Operation, maintenance and repair of industrial equipment as in boilers, generators, pumps and valves.  Work involves all aspects of boiler operation and steam distribution to include general maintenance and repair of related Energy Division/Power Plant equipment. Follow written and oral procedures, reading and recording gauges and water testing.

Required to be able to work in confined spaces such as the boilers, tanks, and steam tunnels.  Must be able to lift at least 50lbs, work overhead, climb steps, ladders, and scaffolding.

Work Schedule:
  • Heating season, 6 months shift required with $0.60 per hour shift differential pay (Midnight to 8:00 AM)
  • Summer season, 6 months M-F day shift (7:00 AM to 3:30 PM)

Minimum Qualifications: This position requires a High School Diploma or equivalent as well as one year of experience in a skilled craft area. Ability to work independently as well as part of a team. Education may be substituted for experience as determined relevant by the university. 

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Practical knowledge in general repair and maintenance
  • Will train the right person

Appointment Date: The start date will be determined after acceptance of an offer and successful completion of a background check.

Application Deadline:  Review of applications will begin April 28, 2024 and continue until the position is filled. 

Salary: $19.00/hour, plus $0.30-$0.60 shift differential when applicable

Benefits: Competitive benefit package
  • Shift work schedules only in winter heating months
  • Monday through Friday daytime hours during summer
  • KBOR 403B retirement plan
  • Insurance includes medical, dental, vision and prescription – day one coverage
  • Accrues 6.77 hours vacation and 3.7 hours sick leave per pay period - earn up to 272 hours of paid leave per year, (176 vacation, 96 sick leave)
  • State paid holidays + overtime if worked - New Year’s Day, MLK Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving & Christmas
  • Tuition Assistance - day one eligibility - Employees are eligible for up to 6 free credit hours per semester. Spouse and dependents are also eligible

  • Complete appropriate training as needed
  • Shift work required during seasonal operation for 24/7 coverage
  • Operate and monitor boilers and all related equipment safely
  • Prepare boilers, tanks and related equipment for required inspections
  • Complete required readings and logs accurately and neatly
  • Perform required water testing, adjusting chemical control for proper operation and safe performance of  boilers and related equipment
  • Safely and accurately completes assigned general maintenance on equipment
  • Keep work area, plant and tunnels clean
  • Maintain, repair and inspect campus fountains during seasonal operation

Required Application Documents: Applicants must submit resume and names and contact information for three professional references.

Applicant documents should be submitted in one PDF.

Questions:  Please contact Roger Weigel, 785-628-4238, or send an e-mail to [email protected].

Community of Hays
FHSU is located in Hays, a vibrant college town of approximately 20,000, located halfway between Kansas City and Denver on Interstate 70. Hays is the regional center for education, health care, professional services, shopping, culture, and recreation for the western half of Kansas. The community boasts excellent recreational programs and facilities, including the comprehensive Center for Health Improvement, Hays Aquatic Park, Smoky Hill Country Club, Hays Municipal Golf Course, and extensive walking, running, and biking trails. Hays is within 45 minutes of two large lakes that offer great opportunities for boating, fishing, and camping. The Hays Municipal Airport provides connecting service to Denver with several flights daily. The Hays community is home to excellent Pre-K and K-12, public and private schools. With over 60 restaurants, major retail outlets, a low unemployment rate, and very short commute times, the city provides a safe, welcoming, low-cost, high-quality living environment for the residents who call "Hays, America" home.

Notice of Non-discrimination: Fort Hays State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, national origin, color, age, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability or veteran status.

Background Check: Final candidate will have consented to and successfully completed a criminal background check.

Notice to KPERS retirees applying for a position: Recent legislation changes working-after-retirement rules for both you and your employer if you go back to work for a KPERS employer. Please contact your KPERS representative or for further information on how this might affect you. 
Skilled Trades Technician, Plant Operations - Energy Division
Full Time
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Apr 22, 2024
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