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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 3144 - Stationary Engineer I

Job Description

UNION: Local 399

Under general supervision; performs work of considerable difficulty in the operation, maintenance and repair of the Power Plant, tunnel, and County owned or leased facilities, and related equipment; performs related work as required.

An employee in this class is assigned duties which require independent actions, are recurring in nature and are carried out according to standard practices and general work instructions. General supervision is received for work in progress and at the end of a shift from a Facilities Manager or Facilities Supervisor

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Operates, maintains and repairs all Power Plant, tunnel, and County owned or leased facilities, and related equipment (e.g. high temperature and high pressure hot water generators, high and low pressure steam boilers, high voltage electrical distribution, water softeners, pneumatically or electrically powered equipment, etc.)
• Reads gauges and manipulates valves to control water levels and pressures in boilers and other vessel.
• Draws water samples from various systems
• Tests samples by established procedures and adjusts chemical feed according to results
• Conducts hydrostatic pressure tests to ensure sealed gaskets
• Packs valves, changes filters and oil, and greases pumps, motors, bearings and valve stems
• Performs scheduled rounds and records necessary readings and data to ensure safe and efficient operation
• Maintains records of work performed and records pertinent information in log books and on log sheets
• Completes preventive maintenance and emergency work orders
• Installs, maintains and repairs equipment that controls other equipment such as pneumatic and electronic (DDC) thermostats, controllers, and limit and safety control devices
• Moves items such as pallets of water softener salt, compressed gas cylinders and other supplies to and from designated storage areas, racks or shelves
• Performs scheduled preventive maintenance and cleaning of equipment
• Makes daily preventative maintenance schedule checks and checks operation of each for proper functioning of equipment
• Maintains inventory and recommends ordering of stock and materials to supervisor
• Provides assistance to other labor trades classifications
• Notifies appropriate staff of emergencies
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Methods, materials, tools and practices used in operating and maintaining the Power Plant and related equipment
• Occupational hazards and safety precautions
• Methods and practices used in the maintenance and repair of plant equipment
• Computers and related software as applied to building automation, preventive maintenance, and work orders
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
• Operating, maintaining, troubleshooting and repairing of Power Plant and related equipment
• Preparing and maintaining accurate logs, records, and reports
• Following and enforcing necessary safety precautions
• Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office

Ability to:
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality


Completion of a High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma equivalent. Four years’ experience as a licensed Stationary Engineer; operating, repairing and maintaining high pressure vessels and related equipment, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, use hands, arms, and feet to push, pull and operate tools and equipment, climb, crouch, stoop, crawl and lift, ability to maneuver equipment up to 50 lbs.

The employee is required to satisfy employee physical requirements and may be required to obtain asbestos certificate and respirator clearance.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work environment for this position frequently includes working near moving mechanical parts, in precarious places, with fumes or airborne particles, in cramped or confined spaces, and with potential hazards high temperature hot water/steam, chemicals, refrigerant, and low temperature walk-in refrigerators.

Must be licensed as a registered Stationary Engineer by the City of Chicago or other equivalent license. Must possess and maintain in good standing a valid Illinois driver’s license.