The city is accepting applications for Heating Plant Technicians (Housing Authority) through Dec. 23. The current minimum salary is $34,647. The application fee is $47 for testing that begins March 5.
Heating Plant Technicians (Housing Authority), under supervision, operate heating and domestic hot-water boilers in public-housing developments. They stand watch and fire low-pressure boilers; maintain, adjust and make minor repairs to boilers, industrial oil burners, heating and domestic hot-water equipment and all auxiliaries; and keep logs and make reports as required.
As part of a roving team in operations areas, they respond to emergency dispatches and perform minor repairs of heating systems and related equipment, especially malfunctions caused by abnormalities in steam and hot water, and perform related work.
Some of the activities performed by Heating Plant Technicians and environmental conditions experienced are: reading small numbers and markings on gauges and equipment; using vision and hearing to avoid injury from overhead piping and rotating machinery; communicating orally in a noisy work environment; climbing stairs, ladders and over boiler-room equipment.
They also stand for extended periods of time; walk over wet and slippery concrete surfaces; work in areas containing gases from the combustion process and strong odors from grease, lubricants and solvents; work in confined areas inside boilers and under piping which may be dusty and dark; lifting metal objects weighing up to 60 pounds; and work with alkaline and acidic chemicals used in boiler water treatment.
Heating Plant Technicians may be required to work various shifts including nights, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
To qualify for the post, applicants must have either 1) Six months of full-time satisfactory experience in the operation and maintenance of low- and/or high-pressure boilers and related equipment;
Or 2) One year of satisfactory education or training acquired in an approved trade school, vocational high school or a technical school, with a major course of study in the operation and maintenance of low- and/or high-pressure boilers which combines classroom and boiler-room instruction;
Or 3) Satisfactory completion of the training course "Fundamentals of Heating Plant Operations" given by organizations approved by the New York City Housing Authority. The education requirement and training must be met by Jan. 31, 2020. The experience requirement must be met by Dec. 23.
A Certificate of Fitness for Low Pressure Oil Burner Operator (P-99), issued by the New York City Fire Department, must be obtained within six months of appointment. The certificate is required for satisfactory completion of the probationary period. This certificate must be maintained for the duration of employment.
Applicants will not receive credit for education or training which they obtain after Jan. 31, 2020 or experience obtained after Dec. 23.
City residency is not required for this position.
Task categories to be tested are as follows: operation of heating and domestic hot-water boilers, industrial oil burners and all related auxiliaries; inspection and maintenance of heating and domestic hot-water boilers, industrial oil burners and all related auxiliaries; record-keeping and administrative functions; and workplace safety and general housekeeping.
The test may include questions on standards of proper employee ethical conduct. The test may also include questions requiring the use of any of the following abilities: Written expression, problem sensitivity, number facility, deductive reasoning, information ordering and visualization.
The multiple-choice test will be given at a computer terminal. Test scores will be used to determine places on an eligible list. A passing score is 70 percent.
Applicants may be given a test before their qualifications are verified.
Complete information on the position and requirements can be found online at www1.nyc.gov/assets/dcas/downloads/pdf/noes/20200152000.pdf.
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