Boiler Operator

Company Overview

Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company.
Bridgestone Americas and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries.

The companies are also engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The Bridgestone Americas family of companies also operates the world’s largest chain of automotive tire and service centers.

Guided by its One Team, One Planet message, the company is dedicated to achieving a positive environmental impact in all of the communities it calls home.

Position Summary

Operates and maintains stationary engines and mechanical equipment such as steam engines, air compressors, generators, motors, and steam boilers to provide utilities such as light, heat, or power for buildings and industrial processes by performing the following duties.

Responsibilities

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to the following. Other duties may be assigned.

 

Reads meters and gauges or automatic recording devices at specified intervals to verify operating conditions. 

Records data such as temperature of equipment, hours of operation, fuel consumed, temperature or pressure, water levels, analysis of flue gases, voltage load and generator balance. 

Observes prescribed safety regulations pertaining to the use and care of the boilers and equipment. 

Adjusts manual controls or overrides automatic controls to bring equipment into recommended or prescribed operating ranges, switch to backup equipment or systems, or to shut down equipment. 

Visually inspects equipment at periodic intervals to detect malfunctions or need for repair, adjustment or lubrication. 

Maintains equipment by tightening fittings, repacking bearings, replacing packing glands, gaskets, valves, recorders, and gauges, and cleaning or replacing burners or other components. 

Oils and lubricates equipment. 

Performs water titration tests and pours chemical additives, such as water softener, into treatment tank to prevent scale buildup and to clean boiler lines. 

Records operation and maintenance actions taken during shift in operator’s logbook. 

Replaces electric motor bearings and rewires motors. 

Diagnoses and replaces faulty mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic components of machines and equipment.

 

 

ADDITIONAL JOB REQUIREMENTS:

 

Visually inspects and tests machinery and equipment. 

Listens for unusual sounds from machines or equipment to detect malfunction and discusses machine operation variations with supervisors or other maintenance workers to diagnose problem or repair machine. 

Dismantles defective machines and equipment and installs new or repaired parts. 

Cleans and lubricates shafts, bearings, gears, and other parts of machinery. 

Installs and repairs electrical apparatus, such as transformers and wiring, and electrical and electronic components of machinery and equipment. 

Maintains pipe systems and related hydraulic and pneumatic equipment, and repairs and replaces gauges, valves, pressure regulators, and related equipment. 

Operates cutting torch or welding equipment to cut or join metal parts. 

Tests malfunctioning machinery and discusses malfunction with other industrial maintenance workers and mechanics, such as supervisors, planners, schedulers and machinist, to diagnose malfunction. 

Replaces faulty electrical components of machine such as relays, switches, and motors, controllers, drives and positions sensing devices. 

Fills container such as oilcan, grease gun, or tank of lubrication truck with specified lubricant. Squirts or pours oil on moving parts and friction surfaces, or into holes, oil cups, or reservoirs.  Turns oil cup valves to regulate flow of oil to moving parts. Forces grease into bearings with grease gun, smears grease on friction surfaces, or packs grease cups by hand.

Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be dependable, reliable, hardworking, self-motivated and willing to learn.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

 

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

Minimum of 5 years of Boiler Operations experience.  Must have experience with operations/maintenance of steam and condensate systems, air compressors/air systems, and pumps and pumping systems.


Meet Some of Bridgestone Americas's Employees

Gordon K.

CEO

We really have adoped the mission statement of serving society with superior quality. Obviously we're a business and we still have to provide a fair return to our shareholders, but we believe our responsibility is so much greater than that.

Karthik U.

Strategic Business Planning Manager

Karthik works with cross-functional teams and business units within Bridgestone in order to launch new products and technologies in the company's manufacturing plants.


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