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Company Name:
Approximate Salary:
31.29 - 32.56 Per Hour
Lake Worth, Florida
United States
Operations - Plant Operations
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
2 - 5 years
Education level:
High School or equivalent

Combined Control Room Operator


The City (35,000) is located on the Atlantic Ocean south of West Palm Beach/Palm Beach.  Lake Worth is a full-service city with 340 full-time and part-time employees and an all fund annual budget of $196 million. The City is a dynamic beach and arts oriented organization reinventing itself post 2000’s recession.  In addition to the usual general governmental functions, the City operates an electrical power generation plant, transmission system, along with water, sewer and regional sewer utilities.  Police and fire services are provided through contracts with other entities.

Lake Worth operates under a council/manager form of government.  The City Commission consists of a Mayor elected at-large and four City Commissioners elected by district in non-partisan elections.  The current members of the City Commission have a very strong commitment to good government, transparency in government, citizen involvement and input to the governing process, financial stability/sustainability.

The City of Lake Worth invites qualified individuals to apply for the position for Combined Control Room Operator.

This position is based on a 40 hour work week with a starting hourly pay range of $31.29-$32.56. This position is part of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union (IBEW). Working out of the Utilities Building located at 1900 2nd Avenue North, Lake Worth, FL 33460.

In addition, this position offers:

  • Vacation and Sick Leave Accruals
  • 13 Paid Holidays
  • City of Lake Worth Medical Benefits that include Life Insurance, Dental and Vision coverage
  • Retirement Plan


This is skilled work in the continuous surveillance, operation and control within established parameters to insure the safe, efficient and environmentally acceptable operation of high pressure boilers, turbines, generators, pumps, fans, transformers, electrical systems and all related power plant equipment;  general  and  limited technical overseeing is received from the Shift Leader.


  • Receives and follows directions given by the Shift Leader and/or procedures as outlined in Plant policy.
  • Effectively operates and controls equipment within established procedures under all circumstances including emergency conditions.
  • Technical and operational understanding of all power plant systems and the ability
  • to safely and effectively operate these systems.
  • Troubleshoots operational systems including problem identification, valuation of
  • alternative solutions and implementation of proper corrective action.
  • Ability to direct Auxiliary Equipment Operators to perform routine and emergency
  • procedures, including the knowledge to accurately indicate the location and operation of           all plant equipment, valves and electrical switchgear.
  • Assists the Shift Leader in the training of newly hired or promoted personnel.
  • Controls access to Combined Control Room allowing only authorized personnel to enter.
  • Performs daily routine cleaning of control room, other areas, and equipment as directed or assigned.
  • Performs other additional duties and/or work as required.
  • Maintains accurate, complete station logs as well as hourly review of and reporting
  • problems indicated by automated logs.


  • Operates automatic or manual fuel feeding systems in firing high pressure boilers, controls fuel flow and air flow to insure complete and efficient combustion.
  • Starts and adjusts fixes, checks boilers and furnaces, places boilers in service and removes them from service as load requires.
  • Responsible for accurately taking, recording, reading and interpreting periodic readings of temperatures, pressures and other indicators of operating conditions.
  • Oversees starting of turbine-generator as it is brought up to speed.
  • Synchronizes and puts units on the line, parallels turbine-generators.
  • Energizes circuits and re­ energizes tripped circuits.
  • Maintains proper frequency, power factor and loading (KVA) on machines.
  • Maintains proper system voltage.
  • Accurate and timely completion of required reports.


  • Demonstrate ability to perform previously illustrated duties as well as the duties of all lower classifications.
  • Perform work in a lower classification if conditions require.
  • Willingness and ability to work extended hours when required, including nights,        weekends, and holidays.
  • Willingness and ability to work overtime both scheduled and unscheduled as needed and to report to work on short notice in an emergency.
  • Ability to perform mathematical calculations to determine power factor, (KVA, MVA, etc.).
  • Minimum of 3 years of power plant experience, with a good working knowledge of mechanical and electrical systems.    
  • Working knowledge of power plant red tag system, safety procedures, operational procedures and environmental regulations.
  • Demonstrate verbal and written communications skills.
  • Successful completion of Control Center Operators' exam.
  • Ability to communicate in an understandable voice with all levels of plant personnel, both verbally and on in-plant radio and paging systems.
  • Demonstrate general knowledge of boiler water chemistry.
  • Physically able to climb inclines and stairs.
  • Physically able to operate valves requiring 50 fp.
  • Ability to read and understand technical manuals, blueprints and equipment specifications.
  • Maintain current Florida driver’s license.
  • Maintain phone service.
  • Maintain safe working shoes as determined by current policy.


Graduate from high school or GED. Must be able to read and write in the English language. Must be able to follow oral and written instructions. Must communicate clearly and politely. (1) Year experience as a Control Center Operator.


Interested parties should forward a completed application packages to:

City of Lake Worth
Attn: Human Resources
7 N. Dixie Highway
Lake Worth, FL 33460
Or visit our website at: City of Lake Worth, Florida
Each application package should include the following:
Resume of previous work experience and cover letter summarizing relevant experience
City of Lake Worth Application

  • Applicants for positions with the City of Lake Worth should know and be aware of the following:

Please note incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will be received until the position is filled. Submission of an application does not guarantee the applicant an interview.

Applicants for employment who become candidates for available employment positions should note employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of all reference checks and pre-employment physical satisfaction. Upon request, information on the nature and scope of an inquiry will be provided under FS 119.

Furthermore, most of the job classifications within the City of Lake Worth workforce are covered by Collective Bargaining Agreements with the Public Employees Union (PEU), Professional Managers and Supervisors Association (PMSA), and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). Consistent with Chapter 447 of the Florida Statutes, a bargaining unit employee has the right to join or not join the union. However, the Union is not obligated to represent a non-member.


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