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Classification Specifications


Classification Number: 4249


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The STATIONARY ENGINEER performs skilled journey-level work in the operation, repair, and maintenance of high-pressure steam boilers, chillers, and associated machinery, tools, and equipment.


This is a single classification and not currently part of a series of classes.


  1. Operation. Typical tasks: operates high-pressure steam generating boilers, centrifugal, reciprocating, and heat-absorption chiller systems and associated pumps and equipment; samples boiler water, condensate, and chilled water systems; performs analyses and chemical and mechanical water treatment to maintain parameters; monitors operation of steam distribution and condensate collection equipment, low pressure air compressors, and air purification and distribution systems, chillers, and water circulation pumps, heat exchangers, perimeter heating equipment and medical gas distribution and monitoring systems; performs operating adjustments to maintain efficiency of boilers, chillers, and associated engineering plant equipment; operates computer terminal to interface with energy management system components.
  2. Mechanical Repair and Maintenance. Typical tasks: performs planned and corrective maintenance on steam boilers, chillers, air compressors, heat exchangers, centrifugal and positive displacement pumps, meters, electrical, mechanical, pneumatic control components, valves, piping, and steam traps, blowers, refractory, flow meters, conveyor equipment, gauges, and de-aerating feed tanks; manufactures parts from metal and sheet metal using lathe and drill presses, sheet metal fabrication tools, oxygen acetylene and electrical welding equipment, hydraulic presses, and hand tools; utilizes precision measuring devices including micrometers, calipers, electrical test meters, compressed gas analysis equipment, dial indicators, and electronic temperature sensors.
  3. Miscellaneous. Typical tasks: keeps manual or computerized inventory of parts, supplies, and equipment; requisitions additional parts, supplies, and equipment when needed; may confer with salespeople to learn of new products; keeps work area clean and orderly by sweeping and disposing of debris and painting; may assist other skilled or journey-level tradespeople such as sheet metalworkers or welders or plant maintenance repair workers in the performance of their tasks.


Employees in this class have regular in-person contact with agency staff and clients to minimize disruption of work unit. They have regular in-person contact with members of other trades to prioritize and coordinate work assignments. Employees in this class have regular in-person or phone contact with suppliers and salespeople when requisitioning supplies or learning of new products.


Employees in this class receive general supervision from the unit supervisor or other administrative superior. Work is assigned verbally or through written work orders. Work is reviewed through feedback from agency staff for quality, timeliness, and compliance to fire codes, building codes, and agency regulations, policies, and guidelines. Employees in this class exercise independence in judgment and action to complete assigned tasks.


Positions in this class require the willingness to work in an environment containing dust, grime, odor, fumes, draft, and high levels of noise. They require the willingness to walk, stand, and work while bending and stooping for extended periods. They require the willingness to lift and carry heavy objects. They require the willingness to work from ladders, scaffolds, and above ground locations. They require the willingness to work overhead while lying on one's back. They require the willingness to work outdoors in inclement weather. They require the willingness to work in confined spaces.


Two years of experience operating and maintaining a high-pressure boiler system and auxiliary equipment which shows: - knowledge of high-pressure steam boiler systems operations; - knowledge of safety practices while operating and maintaining steam boiler systems and auxiliary equipment; - knowledge of how to perform chemical analysis of water.

On your application, be specific in addressing your experience to the areas listed in the minimum qualifications.