Physical Plant Operator – Citywide School Support – AM Shift

Company Name: Minneapolis Public Schools

Location: Minneapolis, MN, US - 55401

Job Duration: 2022-01-13 to 2022-02-12


Below is specific information for you to consider about this position.

Job Title: Physical Plant Operator – Citywide School Support – AM Shift  and Requisition ID number: 76014

Close Date: 11:59 PM on  

Organizational Unit:  Engineers, Zone 2 (10001200) 

Site:  Maintenance & Operations Ctr (0003) 

FTE 1.0 FTE, 52 Weeks; this is based on full-time equivalency with 1.0 being full time

Union:  Janitor/Eng/Bus/Ice(26) 

Functional Area:  Janitorial 

Resume and Cover Letter are mandatory to apply for any position.



The tentative work schedule is 5 AM – 1:30 PM.



Under general supervision, operates and maintains various mechanical systems and equipment used to operate facilities.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills.  This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Operates and maintains Heating-Ventilation-Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems; checks mechanical systems operations, changes filters and belts, and lubricates components in accordance with manufacture, design, and operating procedures; reports operational irregularities and repair needs to supervisor.
  • Manages supplies for preventative plant maintenance; maintains proper service records.
  • Conducts scheduled and routine inspections, testing, and service of plant equipment; makes adjustments, repairs, and services equipment as required.
  • Creates work orders and reports as required or applicable for proper plant maintenance.
  • Performs chemical testing and treatment of boiler feed water systems and cooling tower condenser water systems; follows manufacturer’s directions for use and dilution of all chemicals and cleaning products.
  • Records daily readings or measurements of all major equipment.
  • Records daily readings or measures of all major equipment, including but not limited to: air supply temperatures, water temperatures and pressures readings; documents and inspects for irregularities in reading recording data, reports equipment malfunctions, and performs actions as directed to correct abnormal operating conditions or emergency situations.
  • Performs maintenance repairs including, but not limited to: belt and filter replacement, remove fan belt guards, remove and lift condenser coil guards, lame replacement, and minor plumbing work.
  • Controls work site to assure that safety rules and regulations are adhered to, and that the work zone and all equipment are in safe operating condition.
  • Recognizes, avoids, and reports unsafe acts, conditions, accidents and injuries; reports security issues and illegal activities; performs office duties as needed.
  • Provides customer service as needed, responds to requests, and assists co-workers and visitors.
  • Demonstrates courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with students, clients, visitors, and MPS staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment 
  • Enthusiastically promotes the Superintendent’s goals and priorities in compliance with all policies and procedures.
  • Maintains absolute confidentiality of work-related issues, records and MPS information.




Education, Training and Experience Guidelines

High School Diploma or GED equivalent; AND four (4) years of experience operating and maintaining boiler/chiller plants; OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience as determined by Human Resources.


Medical Examination: Employment is contingent upon the results of a physical examination performed by our examining physician.
Knowledge of:
  • Materials and equipment used in building and grounds maintenance.
  • Federal and state safety rules and regulations.
  • Occupational hazards and safety precautions.
  • Building equipment and systems such as, but not limited to, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and security.
  • Techniques for use and storage of chemicals, including OSHA Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for hazardous chemicals used in the workplace.


Skill in:

  • Promoting and enforcing safe work practices.
  • Operating and maintaining tools and equipment in a safe and effective manner.
  • Working independently to complete daily activities.
  • Safely using tools, equipment and chemicals.
  • Interpreting and applying verbal and written instructions and procedures.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective relationships with co-workers and others.



A valid Minnesota State Driver’s License is required. 

A valid Boiler Operator’s Chief C license from Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry is required.



Work is performed indoors and outdoors at MPS facilities; requires constant physical efforts; may be exposed to safety hazards and dangerous tools and equipment; safety precautions must be followed including use of safety equipment; a job in this category may require walking, bending, reaching, kneeling, crouching, climbing ladders, and ability to frequently lift and move items weighing up to 50 pounds.  Eligibility for position is based on passing the required pre-placement exam.



Final candidates may be invited to interview with a committee. Final appointment to this position will be contingent upon passing a criminal background check.

Diversity is one of Minneapolis Public Schools core values and is essential to our goal of putting children first and making them college-ready.  Diversity of our workforce provides us with a competitive advantage and allows us to better understand, communicate with and educate our diverse student body. Minneapolis Public Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender or gender identity, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sexual orientation, age, family care leave status, or veteran status.


Minneapolis Public Schools strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.

Posting Notes: | 12:01 AM On | Engineers, Zone 2 (10001200) | Maintenance & Operations Ctr (0003) | Janitorial