Boiler Operator

Website Michael Foods

Job Highlights

Title Boiler Operator
Type Full Time
Experience 3 Years
Function Engineering
Location Chaska, MN, United States
Company Michael Foods

Company Profile

Michael Foods is a leader in the food processing and distribution industry with business in egg products, refrigerated grocery, and potato products.

Job Profile

The company is hiring a Boiler Operator who will be responsible for the effective and efficient operation of boiler/refrigeration equipment and systems, and for coordinating the activities of the Department’s personnel as required.

The position will report to the Boiler Chief.

Educational Level

  • Associate’s Degree (AA) or equivalent combination of education, training, or experience.

Work Experience

  • 3 years of strong industrial utility systems maintenance background in a manufacturing environment (food processing plant preferred).
  • Experience in electrical, welding, and pneumatics is helpful.


  • Adhere to all safety policies and procedures.
  • Adhere to GMPs, maintain sanitary conditions, and ensure that product quality is maintained. Management reports any conditions or practices that may adversely affect food safety, food quality, or personnel safety.
  • Adhere to safe work practices, complete monthly safety audits/observations, follow GMPs, maintain sanitary conditions, and ensure that product quality is maintained. Report to the management any conditions or practices that may adversely affect food safety, food quality, or personnel safety.
  • Assists in the coordination of activities in the Department.
  • Communicate with the equipment manufacturers/vendors on any problems and follow up on getting the right parts needed to correct the problems.
  • Comply with and monitor operations for compliance with all 14 elements of the “Process Safety Management Program”.
  • Consult with Management on issues with boiler/refrigeration equipment and systems
  • Demonstrates ability to manipulate valves, pumps, and various auxiliary machinery.
  • Document all maintenance and inspection activity following the Northern Star Co. Mechanical Integrity Program.
  • Ensures that each system is operated safely and that all components of the system are in compliance with OSHA and other agencies.
  • Lend knowledge and ideas to the solution of problems involving the plant, boiler, and steam system.
  • Maintains, adjusts, and repairs utility systems and facility support equipment controls in assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Monitor and maintain plant steam production, ammonia refrigeration system, and the plant compressed air system.
  • Must work with various refrigerants, chemicals, solvents, paints, fuels, and lubricants.
  • Operate and maintain all engine room and other equipment including ammonia refrigeration, boilers, pumps, compressors, condensers, and electrical systems. Help develop and follow established standard operating procedures for safety, health, environment, and production.
  • Operate facility fire monitoring system.
  • Perform all responsibilities per company Standard Operating Procedures, practices, and safety rules as well as appropriate industry and regulatory guidelines, rules, and regulations.
  • Perform preventive maintenance following approved maintenance plans and work orders using SAP.
  • Performs routine boiler water analysis and maintenance as required.
  • Read and understand equipment and system drawings.
  • Requires active participation in the Emergency Response Team.
  • Responsible for initiatives in the following areas: Lean Manufacturing, Cost Reduction, and Mechanical Downtime reduction.
  • Responsible for responding to chemical (including ammonia) leaks/spills; will be on the plant Emergency Response Team.
  • Train new hires and existing employees as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • 2-year Degree in Electrical/HVAC Ammonia or Building Maintenance (preferred)
  • Ability to become HAZWOPER certified
  • Boiler, HVAC, and HAZMAT training (required)
  • Electrical license (preferred)
  • Minnesota Boiler Class 1B or above is (required)


  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups, customers/vendors, or employees of the organization.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, and diagram or schedule form.

Other Skills-

  • Ability to Read, Write, and Speak English
  • Forklift Experience (preferred)
  • Microsoft Office skills (strongly preferred)
  • Working knowledge of SAP functions (preferred)


  • 401(k) with up to a 6% company match
  • 96 hours of PTO each year
  • Employee assistance program
  • Medical, Dental, Vision Company
  • Paid holidays
  • Paid life insurance
  • Short and long-term disability
  • Supplemental life insurance
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Yearly incentive bonus

Employer’s Statement

Michael Foods is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The company considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, status as a covered veteran, and any other category protected under applicable federal, state, provincial and local laws.

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