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Merck Off Shift Utility Technician, Power House Operator in West Point, Pennsylvania

Job Description

Position Description:

Utility Technician-Power House


Essential functions of the position include, but are not limited to, the following: reporting to a Utility Manager, operates and maintains equipment and machinery used to generate sufficient steam pressure to operate a cogeneration power plant which includes and two(2) natural gas turbines. Monitors and operates systems including main steam distribution and condensate return, feedwater treatment, natural gas, fuel oil, potable water, fire prevention, compressed air, chilled water, condenser water, waste water treatment, and electrical grid. Maintains logs and/or necessary paperwork and documentation as required by the operation.


Natural gas or fuel oil steam boilers, feedwater heaters, natural gas turbines, automated control systems, compressors, pumps, motors, waste neutralization, deaerator, electric generators, fuel handling equipment, heaters, deionized water units, water filters, steam turbine drives, internal combustion engines, and all other equipment necessary for the operation of central power (steam and electric) generation/distributive control system, personal computers, UPS (uninterruptible power supply), multi-fuel burner systems, heat exchangers, and a hard-wired electrical distribution system interface.


  • Operates and maintains proper operating conditions on boilers, power generating equipment, and associated auxiliaries including a high pressure feedwater boilers, major natural gas pressure reducing system, compressed air, potable water and steam/electrical distribution systems in order to meet variable load conditions to maintain adequate supply to building systems.

  • Operates and regenerates water softeners, deionized softeners, neutralization, and boiler feedwater treatment system making resin changes, as necessary, and insuring efficient operation. Operates and maintains associated deaerator and storage tank systems and auxiliaries.

  • Operates and maintains steam driven and fossil fuel fired electric generating systems and associated equipment.

  • Operates utility systems/equipment within specified environmental emissions monitoring limits. Responds to alarms/emissions exception reports by making proper system/equipment adjustments. Notifies appropriate authorities.

  • Checks yard piping systems including natural gas, fuel oil, steam and condensate, for proper operation. Monitors and maintains associated manholes, valves, connections, valve boxes, traps, condensate received stations, etc. Performs appropriate maintenance and assures service reliability.

  • Operates, as necessary, compressed air, chilled water and condenser water systems including associated auxiliaries in the utility system area.

  • Operates and maintains proper operating conditions on all waste heat boiler, portable boilers and associated auxiliaries.

  • Monitors and operates the waste treatment systems including pumps, blowers, tank levels, and hazardous material as necessary.

  • Maintains proper equipment conditions by performing routine maintenance including oiling, changing oil as required, greasing, packing, cleaning, adjusting, changing and/or cleaning burners and strainers/filters, housekeeping, etc. Troubleshoots and makes general repairs, adjustments and corrections, as necessary for continuity of efficient service.

  • Checks applicable equipment and operating instruments and takes necessary steps to maintain proper operating conditions. Maintains records of operating details including fuel, water, steam, chemical, electrical data, etc., and daily shift report. Changes recording charts as required, and records appropriate daily, weekly, and monthly utility data. Provides written entries and logging as necessary in shift log book and/or data entry to automated/computerized systems.

  • Maintains boiler water chemistry. Performs chemical test/analysis of boiler feedwater, condensate return, and as necessary to support the effective and efficient operation of the plant, chilled water, condenser water, and plant potable water system. Troubleshoots and takes appropriate actions to correct problem areas within the utility systems. Adds chemicals as required and maintains record of conditions. Monitors and maintains supply of chemicals and informs supervisor when additional chemicals are to be reordered. Standardizes and checks water room test instruments.

  • Prepares equipment and/or systems for modification, tie-in, or overhaul by shutting down as required. Returns systems to service.

  • Maintains proper system and equipment operation in all utility areas to insure energy and water usage efficiency. Inspects and maintains boilers and power generating equipment as required and participates in scheduled maintenance and overhaul to provide continued reliable and efficient service.

  • Evaluates power (steam and electrical) requirements, and operates system efficiently considering power generation plant demands, steam driven equipment, steam accessories, etc. Prints computer generated equipment efficiency and combustion test data on all boilers for proper plant set-up.

  • Performs soundings of fuel oil storage tanks, caustic and acid tanks, receives and oversees bulk deliveries, and performs inspections of associated containment areas. Maintains required records of levels. Responds to spills and notifies proper authorities. Pulls required fuel oil, lube oil and hydraulic oil samples from tanks, vessels and equipment for analysis.

  • Operates various communications equipment, monitors assigned systems, and responds to emergency alarms from the utilities monitoring systems and outside utility companies.

  • Operates the boiler and power generation control system and associated equipment remotely, locally, automatically or by hand as determined necessary under normal and emergency conditions. Monitors, troubleshoots and acts appropriately on input from boiler and power system graphics, panels, and annunciator systems. Makes changes as indicated by diagnostics and makes adjustments on necessary controls to maintain proper water levels in boilers, deaerator and condensate tanks, steam pressure, combustion air/fuel, power generation, and distribution requirements.

  • Provides coordination/direction/guidance for operations, maintenance and contract personnel as required to support powerhouse/plant operation, maintenance and projects. Resolves plant operational problems with Power Plant Technician and Power Distribution Electrician assistance.

  • Works with minimum supervision. Generates data to immediate supervisor concerning condition and status of utility systems and associated equipment.

  • Performs all other duties as necessary to ensure continuity and maintenance of utility systems and conditions throughout the area. Completes assigned Preventative Maintenance work orders and system outage work orders. Verifies assigned systems drawings and P&IDs for accuracy.

  • Monitors and operates high and low pressure natural gas and LPG systems and associated safety systems.

  • Coordinates, monitors, and performs the Lockout/Tagout Procedure as defined in site and operational Hazardous Energy Control Procedures.

  • Performs job duties in accordance with site and departmental safety policies and procedures.

  • Operates all necessary fire fighting equipment, as well as the fire suppression systems.

  • Develops, execute, monitors and/or manages Lock Out and Tag Out(‘LOTO’) of equipment and/or other systems in accordance with Department procedures to ensure personnel safety during preventative and/or corrective maintenance, shutdowns and/or other periods or situations where LOTO is required.

  • Actively participates in periodic review and/or execution of existing or new Process Hazard

  • Analysis(‘PHA’) associated with a Department Potentially Hazardous Process(‘PHP’).

Position Qualifications :

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • High school diploma or equivalent and OR

  • Graduate from a recognized and accredited trade school with course work in boiler operation and control comparable to the former U.S. Navy Boiler Technician or the existing U.S. Navy Machinist Mate,

  • Former U.S. Navy Boiler Technician,

  • U.S. Navy Machinist’s Mate,

  • U.S. Navy Electrician’s Mate,

  • Graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy,

  • System operator certification from a recognized and accredited organization for operation of industrial power and utility systems generation or

  • Work experience and training in successful independent control, operation, inspection, monitoring, documentation and maintenance of industrial power generation equipment(i.e. Boilers and/or Gas and/or Steam Turbines) and utility(i.e. steam, compressed air, chilled water, etc.) systems.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Candidate must be able to document previous work experience and training:Graduate from a recognized and accredited trade school with course work in boiler operation and control comparable to the former Navy Boiler Technician or the existing Navy Machinist Mate,

  • Minimum of two(2) years(i.e. within the last five(5) years) of full time work experience operating power and utility generation equipment comparable to the West Point facility(Reference: Equipment or Machinery Operated Section),


In accordance with Managers' Policy - Job Posting and Employee Placement, all employees subject to this policy are required to have a minimum of twelve (12) months of service in current position prior to applying for open positions.

If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.

Employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as customer-facing commercial, or research-based roles, will be expected to comply not only with Company policy but also with policies established by such external stakeholders (for example, a requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access a facility or meet with stakeholders). Please understand that, as permitted by applicable law, if you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and an essential function of your job is to call on external stakeholders who require vaccination to enter their premises or engage in face-to-face meetings, then your employment may pose an undue burden to business operations, in which case you may not be offered employment, or your employment could be terminated. Please also note that, where permitted by applicable law, the Company reserves the right to require COVID-19 vaccinations for positions, such as in Global Employee Health, where the Company determines in its discretion that the nature of the role presents an increased risk of disease transmission.

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Employee Status:



No relocation

VISA Sponsorship:


Travel Requirements:

No Travel Required

Flexible Work Arrangements:

Not Applicable


Not Indicated

Valid Driving License:


Hazardous Material(s):

basic Chemicals

Job Posting End Date:


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Job Posting End Date: 06/25/2024

A job posting is effective until 11:59:59PM on the day BEFORE the listed job posting end date. Please ensure you apply to a job posting no later than the day BEFORE the job posting end date.

Requisition ID: R299240