Boiler Operator. at Chaska, MN

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Reporting to the Boiler Chief, the CH Boiler Operator is responsible for the effective and efficient operation of boiler/refrigeration equipment and systems, and for coordinating the activities of the Department’s personnel as required.

  1. Perform all responsibilities in accordance with company Standard Operating Procedures, practices, and safety rules as well as appropriate industry and regulatory guidelines, rules, and regulations.
  2. Responsible for responding to chemical (including ammonia) leaks/spills; will be on the plant Emergency Response Team.
  3. Communicate with the equipment manufacturers/vendors on any problems and follow-up on getting the right parts needed to correct the problems.
  4. Must work with various refrigerants, chemicals, solvents, paints, fuels and lubricants.
  5. Ensures that each system is operated in a safe manner and that all components of the system are in compliance with OSHA and other agencies.  
  6. Comply to and monitor operation for compliance with all 14 elements of the "Process Safety Management Program".
  7. Perform preventive maintenance in accordance with approved maintenance plans and work orders using SAP.
  8. Operate and maintain all engine room and other equipment including ammonia refrigeration, boilers, pumps, compressors, condensers, and electrical systems. Help develop and follow established standard operating procedures for safety, health, environment, and production.
  9. Performs routine boiler water analysis and maintenance as required.
  10. Demonstrates ability to manipulate valves, pumps, and various auxiliary machinery.
  11. Operate facility fire monitoring system.
  12. Read and understand equipment and system drawings.
  13. Maintains, adjusts, and repairs utility systems and facility support equipment controls in assigned areas of responsibility.
  14. Monitor and maintain plant steam production, ammonia refrigeration system, and the plant compressed air system.
  15. Document all maintenance and inspection activity in accordance with Northern Star Co. Mechanical Integrity Program.
  16. Adhere to safe work practices, complete monthly safety audits/observations, follow GMP’s, maintain sanitary conditions and ensure that product quality is maintained.  Report to management any conditions or practices that may adversely affect food safety, food quality or personnel safety.
  17. Responsible for initiatives in the following areas: Lean Manufacturing, Cost Reduction and Mechanical Downtime reduction.
  18. Assists in the coordination of activities in the Department.
  19. Requires active participation in Emergency Response Team.
  20. Consult with Management on issues on boiler / refrigeration equipment and systems
  21. Lend knowledge and ideas to the solution of problems involving the plant, boiler, and steam system.        
  22. Train new hires and existing employees as needed.
  23. Adhere to GMP’s, maintain sanitary conditions and ensure that product quality is maintained.  Report to management any conditions or practices that may adversely affect food safety, food quality or personnel safety.
  24. Adhere to all safety policies and procedures.
  25. Perform other duties as assigned.




Associate’s degree (AA) or equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience.



Three years strong industrial utility systems maintenance background in a manufacturing environment (food processing plant preferred).  Experience in electrical, welding and pneumatics helpful.



In order to promote a manufacturing environment that is safe and efficient for both personnel and food, the ability to effectively communicate in basic English (both verbal and written) is required. This includes the ability to speak, read and comprehend safety instructions, rules and warnings for self and others in both normal and emergency situations.



Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups, customers/vendors or employees of the organization.


Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.



Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, and diagram or schedule form.


Examples of licenses, certificates, and registrations required:

  1. Minnesota Boiler Class 1B or above is REQUIRED.
  2. Boiler, HVAC, and HAZMAT training REQUIRED.
  3. Electrical license (preferred).
  4. 2 year degree in Electrical/HVAC Ammonia and/or Building Maintenance (preferred).
  5. Ability to become HAZWOPER certified.




  1. Ability to Read, Write and Speak English.
  2. Working knowledge of SAP functions preferred.
  3. Forklift Experience preferred.
  4. Microsoft Office skills strongly preferred.


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