Utility Plant Operator III

Requisition ID:  6067

Iowa City, IA, US, 52242

ENGIE North America is seeking a Utility Plant Operator III (UPO) for our University of Iowa location in Iowa City.  The UPO III will be responsible for the safe and effivcient operation of power generation equipment, including but not limited to; turbine generators, boilers, pumps, air compressors, conveying systems, fans, electric motors, ash conveying systems, control valves, mobile equipment and other industrial equipment as needed. 

What you'll do:

  • Responsible for the safe, proper and efficient operation of all machinery and related equipment (turbine generators, boilers, pumps, air compressors, conveying systems, fans, electric motors, ash conveying system, control valves, etc.) as directed by the Shift Supervisor
  • Responsible to report and keep the appropriate personnel informed by communicating verbally and in writing all pertinent information amongst the shift, between shifts, production support personnel and management personnel
  • Know and understand the normal operating condition of each piece of plant equipment and be aware of the present operating condition of each piece of plant equipment
  • Perform hourly rounds and other round schedules as outlined in shift procedures and/or as assigned by Shift Supervisor. Record and ensure that plant operating logs are kept current and accurate.
  • Perform daily housekeeping tasks and any other housekeeping tasks as assigned by Shift Supervisor/Management
  • Required to provide relief and support in other job classifications including but not limited to all other Operations positions, Maintenance and Fuel Unloading
  • Perform regular and routine testing & treatment of boiler water as directed
  • Responsible for vacation/emergency relief as required
  • Required to work overtime as deemed necessary by the Plant Management Team
  • Utilize a CMMS for writing and completing work orders with notes
  • Carries out other duties as assigned


What you Bring:

  • High School Degree or GED equivalent required; advanced degree or training preferred
  • Four (4) years industrial plant, process plant or power plant experience operating boilers, pumps, fans, conveyors and/or other similar equipment required
  • Two (2) years’ experience operating solid fuel and/or gas/oil fired water tube boilers, turbine generators and related plant equipment required
  • Possession of a license similar to the National Institute for the Uniform Licensing of Power Engineers (NIULPE) or State of Minnesota First Class-A Engineer license preferred


Additional information / conditions:

  • Ability to meet highest attendance requirements
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and verbally
  • Ability to handle multiple assignments on a timely basis with a high degree of accuracy
  • Ability to use a company computer, and work with standard software applications
  • Must be physically capable to hear and understand audible alarms, detect changes in noise levels of rotating equipment and portable radio communication
  • Capable of frequently standing; walking; balancing; sitting; climbing (ladders, stairs, ramps, catwalks and the like as required); kneeling; pushing; pulling; lifting
  • Capable of performing repetitive motions as required
  • Required to have eyesight corrected at 20/40 to accurately read and interpret such as but not limited to instruments, gauges, and manuals
  • Must be physically capable of entering and working in a confined space (crawl spaces, shafts, small enclosed areas, pipes and the like) as required
  • Must be physically capable of wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) including but not limited to half and full-face respirators, fall protection equipment, hardhat, safety shoes, safety glasses
  • Working environment: 90% indoors
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time
  • The power plant can be an extremely hot environment
  • Areas of the power plant can be dusty
  • The power plant noise level is usually moderate to high



Work environment characteristics described above are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. 

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions



ENGIE North America isn’t just participating in the Zero-Carbon Transition, we’re leading it!  Join us as we develop energy that is renewable, efficient, and accessible to everyone. 


In 2020 The University of Iowa (UI) entered a 50-year, trailblazing partnership with the University of Iowa Energy Collaborative (UIEC), a joint venture between ENGIE, Meridiam, and Hannon Armstrong, to operate, maintain and enhance the university’s Utility System.  As the founding member of this joint venture, ENGIE designs, builds, operates, and maintains the energy infrastructure delivering safe, reliable, cost-effective, and sustainable energy solutions in producing and distributing steam, electricity, chilled water, and domestic water to the main campus in Iowa City, Iowa and a nearby satellite campus.


Unite with us in leading the transformation of the world of energy!  ENGIE is looking for talented and motivated individuals to create the future of energy and customer solutions.  Join a rewarding and flexible work environment that encourages innovation and creativity to help customers meet their energy challenges today and in the future.  Are you up for the challenge?


At ENGIE, our goal is to support, promote, and thrive on diversity, equity, and inclusion.  We do so for the benefit of our employees, customers, products and services, and community.  ENGIE is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace, and we are firmly committed to creating an equitable and inclusive environment for all employees.

We are committed to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment.  All employment decisions at ENGIE are based on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications.  ENGIE is committed to providing equal employment opportunities regardless of actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), gender identity, or gender expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, marital status, civil union, or domestic partnership status, military service or veteran status, physical or mental disability, protected medical condition, genetic information, or any other legally protected category (referred to as “protected characteristics”) as defined by applicable federal, state or local law in the locations where we operate.


  • Salary Range: $24.72 - $59.63 USD per hour.
  • Actual salary offered may vary depending on geography, experience, education, internal pay alignment, or other bona fide factors
  • In addition to salary, this position is eligible for a competitive bonus / incentive plan
  • At ENGIE we understand that benefits matter, we offer competitive benefit options including medical, dental and vision coverage, life insurance, employer paid short-term and long-term disability insurance, paid vacation, holidays, sick Leave, parental Leave, and a 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan option with a company match
  • More information can be found here: Discover our employee benefits


ENGIE complies with all federal, state, and local minimum wage laws. 


Your talent acquisition partner can share specific information regarding the salary for the position based on the work location.


If you need assistance with this application or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at ENGIENA-ENGIEHR@engie.com. This email address is reserved for individuals with disabilities in need of assistance and is not a means of inquiry regarding positions or application status.

Business Unit:  GBU Energy Solutions
Division:  ESI NORTHAM
Legal Entity:  ENGIE North America Inc.
Contract Type:  Permanent
Job Type: 
Professional Experience:  Skilled ( >3 experience <15 years)
Education Level:  High School Diploma/GED/A Levels

Nearest Major Market: Iowa City