Stationary Engineer II (Open and Promotional)

  • County of San Mateo, CA
  • Redwood City, California
  • Sep 20, 2021
Full Time Engineering
  • Salary: $99,548.80 Annually USD

Job Description

The Department of Public Works is seeking well-qualified candidates for the position of Stationary Engineer II.

Stationary Engineer II is the journey-level classification and incumbents are responsible for a wide variety of repair and maintenance work in the areas of HVAC, electrical, plumbing, refrigeration, emergency power systems, boiler equipment and piping repair, Building Automation systems, and miscellaneous equipment repair.

In addition to the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the duties of this job, the ideal candidate will also have:
  • At least three years of journey-level experience as a Stationary Engineer
  • A minimum of three years of journey-level experience in mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems
  • Extensive knowledge and experience working with boiler and HVAC systems
  • Proficient in a wide variety of installations and repairs on plumbing, gas system piping, chiller/boiler piping, and wastewater systems, including the ability to operate a large sewer snake
  • The ability to troubleshoot, repair, and maintain a variety of equipment including air conditioning, electric motors, heating units, heat pumps, light commercial furnaces, burners, Fresh Air and exhaust fans, economizers and humidifiers is essential
  • Experience in energy management and computer-controlled systems is highly desired
  • Experience with Fire Alarm testing, troubleshooting, and NFPA codes
  • Backflow Prevention Tester certification is highly desired

Experience in a hospital or healthcare setting is highly preferred. Employees must be willing to work evenings, weekends, and alternate shifts.

Important: Employees in this position must successfully obtain and maintain a security clearance as a condition of employment.
Examples Of Duties
Duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Operate, maintain, install, and repair electrical, refrigeration, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, and ventilating systems
  • Operate, maintain, and repair boiler equipment
  • Repair and replace pipes, fittings, and other equipment used in plumbing, gas, and steam systems
  • Repair electrical equipment including lamps, fixtures, and switches; adjust electrical controls, motors, and auxiliary equipment up to 480 volts
  • Test, operate, maintain, and repair emergency power systems including UPS, emergency generators, and associated equipment
  • Use hand and power tools, including cutting and threading tools, grinders, reamers, wrenches, welders, saws, and other special tools
  • Make minor carpentry repairs to doors, windows, floors, and other parts of buildings
  • Do touch-up painting on repaired equipment
  • Remove or arrange for removal of trash, pests, and other hazardous materials or debris in the course of performing work
  • Properly place, set and inspect traps and collect and remove insects and pests
  • Perform related duties as assigned

Additional duties may also include, but are not limited to:
  • Reclaim or recycle refrigerant using Freon recovery systems
  • Operate water treatment facility including wastewater and potable water
  • Adjust and calibrate boiler burners and controls
  • Adjust and calibrate chiller controls
  • Test, calibrate, and repair back flow devices
  • Calibrate HVAC controls and associated equipment
  • Monitor building management systems
  • Replace pumps and pump seals and repair and replace motor valves
  • Repair and replace air conditioning units
  • Troubleshoot HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and energy power systems
  • Conduct preventative maintenance
  • Understand fire alarm systems
  • Repair and install chemical monitoring stations
  • Repair, test, and record data on generators

The current vacancies are in the Facilities Maintenance and Operations Section of the Public Works Department. Locations include Redwood City Government Center, San Mateo Medical Center, the Youth Services Center, and the Maple Street Correctional Facility.

NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, limited term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies.
  • Possession of a class C California driver license or equivalent
  • Must obtain and maintain jail security clearance
  • Universal Certification in Freon recovery upon hire
  • Obtain Backflow Certification within six months of hire or promotion to Level II and maintain certification
  • If designated as a water treatment operator, possession of or ability to obtain a valid Grade II Water Treatment Operator Certification issued by the State of California within six months of employment is required

  • Completion of courses related to maintenance, installation, and repair of electrical, HVAC, plumbing, refrigeration, and power equipment

  • Two years of journey level experience as a stationary engineer or equivalent AND demonstrated experience in maintaining, installing, and repairing electrical, HVAC, plumbing, refrigeration, and power equipment in a large building, plant, or vessel. Two years of experience can be substituted with completion of an apprenticeship program.

Knowledge of:
  • Common safety practices in the workplace
  • Heating and electrical equipment
  • Principles and techniques used in stationary engineering
  • Proper and safe use of basic hand tools
  • Basic arithmetic for measuring, calibrating, and estimating
  • Steam and gas fired heating systems, refrigeration equipment, and ventilating and air-conditioning equipment
  • Electrical, plumbing, and refrigeration systems
  • Controls and control systems
  • Emergency power systems, generators, and associated equipment
  • Freon recovery procedures and equipment
  • Water treatment systems and operations, principles and practices, and regulatory mandates, if designated as a certified water treatment operator
  • Safety rules, regulations, and work practices, including reference to hazardous chemicals
  • Basic record keeping principles and practices

Skill/Ability to:
  • Follow safety practices
  • Troubleshoot and/or repair, replace, regulate, and control electrical, refrigeration, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, and ventilating systems
  • Determine and estimate materials required for a job and prepare requisitions
  • Use hand and power tools
  • Make metal parts and equipment
  • Perform minor carpentry and painting tasks
  • Follow oral and written instructions
  • Communicate effectively, courteously, and professionally with customers and others
  • Read and interpret plans
  • Prepare and maintain accurate maintenance records
  • Operate standard office equipment, computers, and timekeeping systems
  • Lift and carry materials, supplies, and equipment; climb ladders; and crawl in tight spaces
  • Perform water treatment plan and distribution system operations and maintenance activities if designated as a water treatment operator

Open and Promotional. Anyone may apply. Current County of San Mateo and Superior Court of California, San Mateo County employees with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, SEIU or AFSCME represented extra-help/term position prior to the final filing date will receive five points added to their final passing score on this examination.

Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the 'Apply' button. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply.

The standard County employment application form, including the Supplemental Questionnaire must be completed as part of the application process. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required application materials.

This is a continuous recruitment. As applications are received they will be pre-screened for completeness and for minimum qualifications.

Once a group of applications has been pre-screened the Stationary Engineer II Written Exam will be given. Applicants achieving a passing score on the Written Exam will be invited to a Performance Exam. If necessary, additional Written Exams and Performance Exams will be given until the positions are filled.

Because the recruitment is continuous, the positions could be filled at anytime. We encourage you to apply immediately to take advantage of this excellent opportunity.

The first Written Exam is scheduled for August 12, 2021. A Performance Exam will be scheduled after the Written Exam is scored.

At the County of San Mateo, we welcome and celebrate the diversity of our employees, and strive to create a workplace where they feel valued every day.
County of San Mateo is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Analyst: Chet Overstreet (07232021) (Stationary Engineer II - T040)

Job Address

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