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Operating Engineer

Operating Engineer—Job Standard

Job Family: Skilled Craft
Series: Facilities Trades
Job Code: 5253
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Union Status: UE

This title is part of a career progression within the Facilities Trades Series consisting of Operating Engineer and Facilities Trades Supervisor.


Job Overview

Perform semi-skilled and skilled maintenance, repairs and operation of equipment and systems; monitor automated building control systems to assist with effective and efficient management of utility resources in support of University central heating operations.

Typical Functions

The duties listed are not all-inclusive. Duties assigned to individual employees may vary.

Perform semi-skilled and skilled maintenance, repairs, and operation of equipment and systems and assist with effective and efficient management of utility resources in support of University central heating operations; use judgment in applying processes within established guidelines; provide safe and efficient skilled operation of high-pressure steam boilers and related equipment and operate chiller for central cooling;

Perform preventative maintenance and emergency repairs on all central plant heating and cooling machinery, to include tearing down boilers, punching tubes, packing valves, changing filters and greasing bearings.

Monitor building automation control systems; communicate with University personnel and address service call requests. Analyze information from systems technicians and determine response needs; dispatch personnel in response to critical and non-critical system alarms. Input or retrieve data for repairs/maintenance performed.

Record hourly readings, perform equipment inspections and skilled adjustments as required. Test boiler water and chilled water system water chemistry and administers chemicals; use desktop applications. Perform various equipment and facility cleaning and painting functions.

Assist in and evaluate system problems and provide recommendations to maximize quality assurance, efficiency, and energy conservation.

Perform equipment inspections and adjustments; maintain heating plant readings; test, monitor and adjust high temperature, hot water system water chemistry and boiler water; maintain daily operations log and report problems; use desktop applications.

Communicate with internal constituents to verify building use and occupied/unoccupied schedules, and to update building automation system based on a general knowledge and understanding of University and regulatory guidelines. 

Participate in area safety training. May operate University vehicle.

Provide functional supervision to designated employees and/or affiliates.

Minimum Qualifications 

Education and experience equivalent to: 

High school diploma, vocational courses and three years experience in heating and/or cooling plant operations and maintenance to include chiller experience required. Fuel Oil Burning Equipment Installer (Limited) Certificate and a Natural Gas Certification  or ability to obtain within six months required. Basic computer knowledge required. Valid driver's license or ability to obtain and driver's check may be required. Lifting of up to 50 lbs.occasionally. Specific physical requirements may apply based on job functions.


Last modified March 04 2015 11:37 AM