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Power Plant Operator / Mechanic

Position Details

Position Information

Working Title Power Plant Operator / Mechanic
Position Number 0802
Posting Number S1079
State Role Title Trades Technician III
Position Type Classified
Position Status Full Time
FLSA Status Non-Exempt: Eligible for Overtime
College/Division Business Services
Department 100264 - Power Plant E&G
Pay Band 3
Pay Rate Pay Range
Specify Range or Amount $39,000 - $41,715
Is this a JMU Only position? No
Is this a grant-funded position? No

Position Summary Information

General Information

The Facilities Management Department at James Madison University is currently seeking qualified applicants for the position of Power Plant Operator / Mechanic. Applicants must be available to work all shifts.

Duties and Responsibilities

Skilled and effective operation, maintenance, repair, inspection and rebuilding of Power Plant steam generating and chill water production, mechanical and related equipment. Inspection, repair and maintenance of steam distribution systems and chill water systems.


Competitive candidates should possess knowledge of all aspects of repair and maintenance procedures to power plant equipment: boilers, pumps, valves, chillers, cooling towers, controls, 3 phase electric motors and steam distribution systems. Applicants should have working knowledge of applicable safety rules, regulations and procedures.

Working skills include use of hand and power tools, welding and cutting equipment. Mechanical abilities include maintaining and repairing power plant and related equipment; troubleshooting and diagnosing a variety of mechanical problems; ability to read and interpret gauges, recorders and monitoring equipment. Ability to perform simple record keeping tasks.

Qualified candidates will be required to work a variety of shift schedules as a primary operator/maintenance mechanic within a centralized steam generation/chiller plant production facility. JMU will provide all training required to enhance knowledge, skills and abilities to perform duties and responsibilities.

Condition(s) of Employment

Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Date 09/12/2017
Beginning Review Date
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Proposed Starting Date
EEO Statement

James Madison University is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.

We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality.

Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.

Reasonable Accommodation Request

If you are an individual with a disability and need assistance searching or applying for jobs please contact us at (540) 568-3597 or You may also visit the JMU Human Resource Office, located at 752 Ott Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 and we will be happy to assist you.

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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume

Supplemental Questions

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  1. * How did you learn about this position?
    • Charlottesville Daily Progress
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Employee Referral
    • Harrisonburg Daily News Record
    • Hispanic Outlook
    • JMU JobLink
    • Job Fair
    • NCAA
    • Northern Virginia Daily
    • Nuevas Raices
    • Other Referral
    • Phone Inquiry
    • Richmond Times Dispatch
    • Roanoke Times
    • Social Media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.)
    • US Military Pipeline
    • VA Jobs Website
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    • Walk-in
    • Washington Post
    • Winchester Star
    • Other
  2. * If you selected a source above please type "N/A" in the following box. If you selected "Other" please indicate where you heard about the position.

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  3. * Do you have an Interagency Placement Screening Form (Yellow Form) as issued under DHRM Policy 1.30 Layoff? (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only) If you respond "yes" to this question, a Human Resources representative will be contacting you to obtain a copy of your Yellow Form.
    • No
    • Yes
  4. * Do you have a Preferential Hiring Form (Blue Card) as issued under DHRM Policy 1.30 Layoff? (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only) If you respond "yes" to this question, a Human Resources representative will be contacting you to obtain a copy of your Blue Card.
    • No
    • Yes