• Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 03, 2020
Full Time Engineering
  • Salary: $95,060.16 Annually USD

Job Description


12/23/19 at 7:00 a.m., (PT). This examination will remain open until the needs of the department are met and is subject to closure without prior notice.


Open Competitive Job Opportunity

With more than 10 million residents, Los Angeles County is the most populous county in the nation. As the largest employer in Southern California, over 112,000 employees in more than 36 Departments provide vital public services as diverse as law enforcement, property assessment, public health protection, water conservation, cultural activities and many more.

Don't miss this great opportunity!

Who We Are:
The Power Plant Section operates and maintains two cogeneration plants and six heating and refrigeration plants. The goal is to operate these facilities safely, reliably, efficiently and according to all applicable local, state and federal regulations.

We Are Looking For An Individual Who Is:
  • Proactive with a positive attitude
  • Hardworking and meticulous who takes pride in their work
  • A problem solver who enjoys working in a fast-paced environment
  • A high performing professional

Essential Job Functions

What You Will Do:
  • Uses hand tools and precision instruments to install, maintain, adjust and repair indicating, recording, telemetering, and control instruments used to measure and control variables, such as pressure, flow, temperature, motion, force and chemical composition of boiler and refrigeration water.
  • Troubleshoots control system components and replaces or repairs defective parts.
  • Operates, troubleshoots, and repairs electronic, hydraulic, and pneumatic systems, gas turbines and related systems, and high voltage systems and equipment.
  • Performs annual boiler testing for emissions.
  • Performs required continuous emissions monitoring system calibrations.
  • Disassembles malfunctioning instruments, and inspects and tests mechanisms and circuitry for defects.
  • Operates, maintains, repairs, and inspects manual and automatic gas and oil fired high pressure steam or high temperature hot water boilers.
  • Disassembles, inspects, and tests instruments for conformance with specifications, using test instruments such as potentiometers, resistance bridges, manometers and pressure gauges.
  • Prepares drawings for the fabrication and modification of instrument parts and components.
  • Operates, maintains, repairs, and inspects motors, turbines and steam-driven equipment, steam reducing stations expansion tanks, air compressors, supply and exhaust fans, various kinds of pumps and valves, steam traps, water treatment systems, water heaters and other heating plant auxiliary equipment.
  • Operates, maintains, repairs and inspects reciprocating, centrifugal or absorption central air conditioning machinery including condensers, evaporators, cooling towers, pumps, purge tanks and related equipment.
  • Tests boiler water, condensate, cooling tower water, and water from other systems, and adds corrective chemicals.
  • Inspects, adjusts, repairs and maintains refrigeration units for food storage boxes.
  • Inspects oxygen and vacuum systems for proper pressure, leaks or stoppages and makes emergency repairs.
  • Tests, operates and maintains emergency diesel powered electric generating equipment.
  • Maintains logs of plant operations and records maintenance and repair work performed.
  • Drives automotive equipment to and from work sites, in order to transport the necessary tools, equipment, and materials required to perform the job.


OPTION I: One year's experience in the maintenance and operation of high pressure heating plants and refrigeration plants at the level of Los Angeles County's class of Stationary Engineer II* - AND - One year 's experience in the repair and maintenance of industrial control instruments.**

OPTION II: One year's experience in the maintenance and operation of high pressure heating plants and refrigeration plants at the level of Los Angeles County's class of Stationary Engineer II* - AND - Completion of fifteen (15) semester units, or its equivalent, from an accredited junior college, college or trade school in the technology or the application of technology directly related to the repair and maintenance of electronic, pneumatic or hydraulic industrial control instruments, at least nine (9) semester units of which must have been in electronics.

Applicants expecting to qualify through experience only (option 1), must clearly describe the type of work performed and time period of work performed.

Applicants expecting to qualify through experience and education (option 2), must clearly describe the type of work performed, time period of work performed AND provide official transcripts or official letter from an accredited junior college, college, or trade school verifying fifteen (15) semester units completed in the areas listed in the requirements along with at least nine (9) semester units in electronics.

*Experience at the level of Los Angeles County's class of Stationary Engineer II is defined as having the responsibility of a shift for the operation and maintenance of a combined high-pressure heating and central refrigeration plant - OR - in a very large facility, has responsibility on a shift assignment which includes either the operation and maintenance of a high-pressure heating plant or refrigeration plant - OR - is assigned to a geographic area of a major multi-hospital medical center which requires maintenance and operation of steam reducing stations, ventilation and refrigeration equipment, and various mechanical and electrical equipment and controls.

**Industrial control instruments is defined as devices utilized to measure or monitor vibration, temperature, liquid or gas flow, liquid levels in tanks and can also include chart recorders and handheld calibration instruments.

A valid California Class C Driver License is required to perform job-related essential functions.

Successful applicants for positions that require driving must obtain and present a copy of his/her driving record from the California State Department of Motor Vehicles before final appointment. Applicants should not present a copy of their driving history until asked to do so by the hiring department. The County will make an individualized assessment of whether an applicant's driving history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job. License must not be currently suspended, restricted, or revoked.

An Unlimited Steam Engineer's License issued by the City of Los Angeles' Department of Building and Safety.

An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved Universal Technical Certificate in compliance with Federal license requirements as provided in Chapter V, Section 608.
Applicants MUST provide copies of their Unlimited Steam Engineer's License and Universal Technician EPA 608 certificate at the time of filing or within fifteen (15) calendar days of submitting application online. Failure to submit the required documentation will result in application denial.

If you are unable to attach the required documents at the time of filing, you must email them to within fifteen (15) calendar days of filing. Please include exam number and title.

This job requires standing or walking most of the time, with bending, stooping, squatting, twisting, and reaching; includes working on irregular surfaces, occasionally lifting objects weighing over 25 pounds.

Additional Information

First, meet our requirements above. After that, our process includes one examination.
This exam will consist of a written examination covering Technical Knowledge and Reading Comprehension and Analytical Skills weighted at 100%.

You must achieve a passing score of 70% or higher to successfully pass the written exam. No person may compete for this examination more than once every twelve (12) months.

The written test invitation will be sent to the candidates via email. Candidates are responsible for providing a valid email address in their application. Please add to your email address book and list of approved senders to prevent email notifications from being filtered as spam/junk mail.

Applications will be processed on an as-received basis and promulgated to the eligible register accordingly.

No Out-of-Class Experience or Verification of Experience Letters will be accepted. No withholds allowed for this examination.

Per Civil Service Rules 7.19, test materials are not reviewable.

Final results will be sent by U.S. mail. Test scores cannot be given over the phone.

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  • ALL information included in the application materials is subject to VERIFICATION at any point during the examination and hiring process, including after an appointment has been made.
  • FALSIFICATION of any information may result in DISQUALIFICATION.
  • Utilizing VERBIAGE from Class Specifications and Selection Requirements serving as your description of duties WILL NOT be sufficient to meet the requirements. Doing so may result in an INCOMPLETE APPLICATION and you may be DISQUALIFIED.

All information is subject to verification. We may reject your application at any time during the exam process, including after appointment has been made. Falsification of any information may result in disqualification or rescission of job offer.

VACANCY INFORMATION: The vacancy is located at The Central Heating and Refrigeration Plant, 301 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012. The work schedule is 5/40.

SHIFT: Any - Appointees will be required to work any shift, including evenings, nights, weekends, overtime, and holidays.

What Happens Next:
Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity! Submit an application by clicking the green "Apply" button at the top corner of the posting. You will move through the examination process and if successful, be placed on a list, which is valid for twelve (12) months.

Have questions about anything? Please contact us using the following information.
Exam Number: W7200J
Department Contact Name: Raul Mendez
Department Contact Phone Number: (323) 267-2056.
California Relay Services: (800) 735-2922
ADA Coordinator Phone Number: (323) 267-2432
Teletype Phone: (800) 899-4099 - Alternate: (800) 897-0077

The County of Los Angeles is a Fair Chance employer. Except for a very limited number of positions, you will not be asked to provide information about a conviction history unless you receive a contingent offer of employment. The County will make an individualized assessment of whether your conviction history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job, and consider potential mitigating factors, including, but not limited to, evidence and extent of rehabilitation, recency of the offense(s), and age at the time of the offense(s). If asked to provide information about a conviction history, any convictions or court records which are exempted by a valid court order do not have to be disclosed.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

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