TEST ANNOUNCEMENT

NUMBER  2007-873

ISSUED   JANUARY 19, 2007
REVISED  APRIL 10, 2013

 

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

State Civil Service Commission

 

Examinations

 

for

 

BOILER PLANT OPERATORS

 

Exam

No.

 

Job Title

Job

Code

Pay Schedule

and Range

 

1.

Utility Plant Operator 1

97110

ST03

2.

Utility Plant Operator 2

97120

ST04

 

Employees in most positions work a 37 1/2 hour week, however some employees work a 40 hour week.

 

When completing your application, please make sure you apply for all job titles for which you want to be tested.  You will NOT be permitted to add job titles after you test.

 

APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

 

VETERANS:  Pennsylvania law (51 Pa.C.S. §7103) provides employment preference for qualified veterans for appointment to many state and local government jobs.  To learn more about employment preferences and opportunities for veterans, visit the Commission’s website, Job Seekers page, for Veterans; visit one of our offices; or call our veterans information line, (717) 787-6039.

 

NATURE OF WORK

 

You will be responsible for the safe, efficient and continuous production of steam in a high-pressure boiler plant.  Operators 1 fire boilers, monitor water and steam levels, operate auxiliary equipment and make minor adjustments as necessary.  Operators 2 perform skilled mechanical and limited lead work and may be responsible for the operation of the boiler plant on an assigned shift.  This involves maintaining shift records and recognizing changes in operation that can lead to possible problems.

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS

 

You will be tested before your qualifications are reviewed.  Your test results will count only if you meet all job requirements.

 

You are subject to Pennsylvania residency requirements and must be able to perform the essential functions of the job.  Visit the Commission’s website, Job Seekers page, for PA Residency Information.

 

Minimum Requirements

 

Utility Plant Operator 1

One year as a Utility Plant Helper; OR 1 year of comparable boiler plant experience.

 

Utility Plant Operator 2

Two years of experience as a Utility Plant Operator 1; OR 3 years of comparable boiler plant experience.

 

Both job titles

Equivalent combinations of experience and training are acceptable.

 

Clarification of Requirements

Please make sure you meet all requirements.  If you are not sure you qualify, contact one of the Commission's offices listed at the end of this announcement for guidance.

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

 

There are 36 filled Utility Plant Operator 1 positions and 96 filled Utility Plant Operator 2 positions located throughout the state.  Most filled positions are located at state facilities such as state schools, hospitals and centers.  The primary employing agency is the Department of Public Welfare.  A few positions are filled by both the Department of Education and the Department of Labor and Industry.

 

Approximately 5-8 new hires occur in these jobs each year, mostly at the Operator 1 level.

 

Additional opportunities may occur due to normal turnover from retirements, promotions, transfers, resignations and so forth.

 

For the most recent information on job opportunities contact the

 

Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Bureau of Human Resources, Health and Welfare Building – Room 106, P.O. Box 2675, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17105-2675; Telephone:  (717) 787-5068, Internetwww.dpw.state.pa.us, Emailra-pwhdqpostings@pa.gov

 

OR

 

Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Human Resources, 11th Floor, Harristown 2, 333 Market Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17126-0333; Telephone:  (717) 787-4134

 

OR

 

Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Bureau of Human Resources, Labor and Industry Building – Room 1418, 7th and Forster Streets, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17121; Telephone:  (717) 787-6030, Internetwww.dli.state.pa.us

 

TESTING

 

The test will be administered on a computer.  Information about computerized testing is available online at www.scsc.state.pa.us OR in paper form at any State Civil Service Commission Office.

 

You will have a maximum of 2 1/2 hours to complete the test which will cover the following subject areas:

 

 

 

Number of Questions

 

 

Subject Area

Operator 1

Operator 2

 

 

 

Boiler Operations

20

20

 

 

Auxiliary Boiler Equipment

10

10

 

 

Boiler Piping Systems

10

10

 

 

Safety

10

10

 

 

Meter Reading

15

15

 

 

Interpreting Technical Materials

--

15

 

 

General Mathematics

--

10

 

 

Total

65

90

 

 

The test will be administered in the Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh Civil Service Commission Offices, Monday through Friday.

 

The test will also be held approximately 10 days a month at additional test centers located in Erie, Johnstown, Lock Haven, and Scranton.  For further details on test dates, contact the Commission’s Information Services Unit; Telephone (Voice) (717) 787-7811, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers only) (717) 783-8896.

 

If you take the test and want to take it again, you may be retested after 6 months from the date of your test.  You must submit a new application to be retested.

 

If your name is on an eligible list for these job titles and you take this test, your most recent examination result will be the only one counted.

 

TEST RESULTS

 

Employment and promotion lists will be established.  You will be notified in writing of your test results.

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

Complete your application on the Commission’s website, Job Seekers page, by selecting Online Application, or submit your completed paper application to:

 

 

State Civil Service Commission

ATTN:  Applications

P.O. Box 569

Harrisburg, PA  17108-0569

 

Applications and further information can be obtained from:

 

1.

State Civil Service Commission:

 

 

 

Harrisburg:  2nd Level, Strawberry Sq. Complex, 320 Market St., P.O.

 

Box 569, Hbg., 17108-0569; Telephone (Voice) (717) 783-3058, Text

 

Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers only) (717) 772-2685

 

 

 

Philadelphia:  110 North 8th St. Suite 503, Phila., 19107; Telephone

 

(Voice) (215) 560-2253, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing

callers only) (215) 560-4367

 

 

 

Pittsburgh:  411 Seventh Avenue, Room 410, Pgh., 15219;

 

Telephone (Voice) (412) 565-7666, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers only) (412) 565-2484

 

 

 

Internetwww.scsc.state.pa.us

 

 

2.

Pennsylvania CareerLink offices

 

 

3.

The Human Resources offices listed under the "JOB OPPORTUNITIES" section of this announcement

 

For further information on testing, assistance for persons with disabilities, veterans' preference and other items, refer to the instructions provided with the "Application for Employment/Promotion."