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Utility Plant Operator - 0406

at State of Colorado

Posted: 8/14/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2538887
Keywords: support

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Department Information


 This position is only open to Colorado state residents.

This announcement will remain open until August 26, 2019, or until an adequate applicant pool is identified, whichever occurs first.  As such, applicants are encouraged to submit applications early.  

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.


Make a real difference . . .

Do you have a passion and drive to apply your talent to create a healthier Colorado? Are you looking for a career that provides you with opportunities to improve the world around you? The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is seeking diverse individuals from all backgrounds to contribute to its mission to protect and improve the health of Colorado's people and the quality of its environment.

If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people at CDPHE. Our tobacco-free, walkable campus offers free parking and is conveniently located near the Cherry Creek bike path, Whole Foods, Glendale City Set, RTD bus lines, and the Cherry Creek Shopping Center. In addition to a great location and rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:

  • Health Links certified Family Friendly Business
  • Tuition assistance for current enrollment in college coursework
  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules and a variety of employee resource groups
  • Employee wellness program including locker rooms, bike storage lockers, on-site yoga, and health insurance premium savings
  • Mentoring program with opportunities for mentors and mentees
  • ?Internal professional development opportunities on a wide variety of subjects
  • Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the State system
  • Strong retirement benefits through the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA)
  • Medical and dental health insurance plans
  • State-paid life insurance and short-term disability and optional employee-paid long-term disability
  • 10 paid holidays per year, paid vacation and sick leave, paid volunteer and parental academic leave, and educational leave

Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information, go to

Description of Job

The Work Unit:
The Laboratory Services Division (LSD) at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is part of the Public Health Programs system and exists to support the Department's mission and efforts in meeting public health needs. The division contains a variety of scientific programs and is a regulated laboratory.  Building Operations work unit operates and maintains the laboratory services division facility and campus grounds.
What You'll Be Doing:
The Utility Plant Operator I exists to respond, troubleshoot, and correct Laboratory Services Division issues including, but not limited to, building temperature control, minor plumbing and electrical problems and minor building security issues (locked doors, broken windows, etc.).  Monitors the Building Automation System and control panels to observe facility operations and makes necessary adjustments to gauges, valves, and meters to regulate efficient operation. Visually inspects machinery for operational conditions, detects malfunctions for necessary repairs, logs readings to record data and performs preventive maintenance on mechanical and electrical distribution systems. Analyzes water sample limits for the steam boiler and cooling system. Introduces water treatment chemicals to maintain specific water level limit control to protect the high pressure steam boiler system and mechanical cooling system condenser water to maintain efficiency and assists with snow removal during winter months. Installs or relocates lab instruments; does furniture moves, light bulb replacement, picture hanging, and work station modifications; assists with snow removal; and performs tasks assigned to meet the needs of lab staff to support the mission of the Laboratory Services Division.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications:

Four (4) years of full time experience operating a utility plant or closely related work.

This experience must be substantiated within the Work Experience section of your application. "See Resume" will not be accepted. In addition, part-time work will be prorated.

Appropriate education or successful completion of a formalized apprenticeship program will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

If using a substitution, a copy of your transcript must be submitted at the time of application (Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.)
Preferred Qualifications and Essential Competencies:
The preferred experience, competencies and abilities are highly desirable for this position and will be considered in selecting the successful candidate:

  • 5 or more years of Stationary Engineer work on large scale boiler systems and chillers
  • Experience maintaining large chillers
  • Strong hands on experience maintaining a 24/7 critical mission plant operation
  • Experience performing preventive maintenance on, trouble shooting, and repairing mechanical equipment and system controls
  • Experience maintaining fire and life safety systems
  • Experience working with contractors and overseeing contracted services
  • Experience installing or relocating laboratory or scientific equipment and instruments
  • City and County of Denver Stationary Engineer Certification
  • City and County of Denver Boiler Operator A Certification
  • Refrigeration Operator Certification
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) CFC Universal Technician Certificate
  • Experience in chiller and boiler plant work including operating high-pressure steam boilers producing over 10 horsepower and steam pressure over 15 psi, water heating boilers where the water temperature exceeds 190 degrees F, or operating refrigerant based chillers with operating capacity of over 100 tons minimum
If you currently possess a City and County of Denver Stationary Engineer Certification OR a City and County of Denver Boiler Operator A Certification, please upload a copy of the certification as an attachment to your application.

If you currently possess a Refrigeration Operator Certification, please upload a copy of the certification as an attachment to your application.

If you currently possess an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) CFC Universal Technician Certificate, please upload a copy of the certification as an attachment to your application.

Supplemental Information

Applicant Checklist: The following must be submitted by the application deadline.

  1. A completed State of Colorado application submitted online via by the application deadline.
  2. A copy of any certifications related to this position.  Certifications can be attached to your application. 

The Selection Process: Applicants will be notified at each step in the selection process via email. Emails will come from  
  1. All applications that are received by the closing of this announcement will be reviewed against the Minimum Qualifications in this announcement. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications proceed to the next step. 
  2. Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted based on merit and fitness through a comparative analysis process.
    1. Part of, or all of, the comparative analysis for this position may be a structured application review, which involves a review of the information you submit in your application materials by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) against the preferred qualifications. 
    2. A top group, up to six candidates, will be invited to schedule an interview with the hiring manager.
      Appeal Rights: If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position or that as a result of no longer being considered, you were discriminated against, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging. If an applicant seeks to have an allegation of discrimination reviewed by the Board, that person must file an appeal (petition for hearing) within 10 days of the action or receipt of any final written selection decision. Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also applies to all charges of discrimination.
      E-Verify:  CDPHE uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.
      You must be legally eligible to work in the United States to be appointed to this position. CDPHE does not sponsor non-residents of the United States.

      ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Jim Davidson at at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.