Stationary Engineer I

  • Sacramento County, CA
  • Sacramento, California
  • Sep 20, 2021
  • Salary: $81,244.08 - $89,575.20 Annually USD

Job Description

The Position

This is a limited continuous filing exam. Next filing cut-offs are at 5:00 pm on:

12/18/20, 3/22/21, 6/21/21, 9/20/21, 12/20/21

Under general supervision, positions in this class perform a variety of duties in the operation, maintenance, and repair of stationary and industry specific equipment used in County facilities.

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Examples of Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of
  • Principles pertaining to the operation, maintenance, repair, and installation of HVACR, fire life safety, lighting, and related control, mechanical, electrical, and piping systems equipment
  • Methods, tools, materials and equipment used in the operation, maintenance, repair, and installation of HVACR, fire life safety, lighting, and related control, mechanical, electrical, and piping systems equipment
  • Pneumatic and Direct Digital Controls for HVACR equipment
  • Preventive maintenance chemicals and other materials used in boilers, chillers, cooling towers, and similar equipment
  • Energy conservation products and techniques
  • Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and other specialized applications related to area of assignment
  • English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation
Ability to
  • Understand and follow verbal and written instructions
  • Read, interpret, and work from plans, drawings, and specifications including, but not limited to, building blueprints and electrical diagrams
  • Use testing equipment for electronics, pneumatics, air-flow, speed, temperature, humidity, etc.
  • Use welding equipment, small power tools such as saws, drills, grinders, etc., and hand tools such as wrenches, pliers, hammers, ratchet socket sets, etc., in a proper and safe manner
  • Learn to analyze situations accurately and take effective action
  • Maintain records and make reports
  • Read, write, and speak English at a level necessary for satisfactory job performance
  • Learn to utilize computer equipment to enter, maintain and extract information
  • Research, read and understand applicable (building, plumbing, and electrical) codes

Employment Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

Either: 1. Two years of full-time, paid experience operating, maintaining, repairing, and installing heating, ventilating, air conditioning, refrigeration, power systems, water treatment, fire life safety systems, or water and steam pressure boilers.

Or: 2. A certificate or higher in Mechanical-Electrical Technology from Sacramento City College, or other accredited college or career school which has comparable curriculum.

Or: 3. A certificate of completion from a Federal/State approved Stationary Engineer apprenticeship program.

Note: If the word "experience" is referenced in the minimum qualifications, it means full-time paid experience unless the minimum qualification states that volunteer experience is acceptable. Part-time paid experience may be accumulated and pro-rated to meet the total experience requirements.

Note: If the minimum qualifications include an educational or certificate/license requirement, applicants must submit proof of requirements with the application. Failure to submit proof of requirements may result in disqualification from the examination. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. For guidelines on submitting acceptable proof of educational requirements, please click here or speak to someone in our office before the cut-off date listed in this notice.

General Qualifications

Criminal History and Background Checks:
The County may access criminal history information on candidates who have accepted a conditional offer of appointment for this class consistent with the provisions of Board of Supervisors Resolution No. 82-602, Personnel Policies and Procedures B-5, and applicable federal and state laws. The County shall not consider for employment any candidate who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor that relates to or impacts the candidate's ability to perform the job duties of this class unless it is determined that mitigating circumstances exist. For purposes of accessing criminal history information, the candidate will be fingerprinted. A subsequent arrest notification may be obtained.

The County may also conduct a background check on the candidate prior to appointment to a position within this class. The background check may include personal and professional reference checks, credit history checks, Social Security Number verification, professional license/registration verification, military service information and driving history. Information obtained in the course of this background check will be considered by the appointing authority in the selection process. In obtaining such information, the County will comply with applicable consent and disclosure practices in the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act.

License Requirement:
A valid California Driver License, Class C or higher, is required at the time of appointment. Failure to obtain or maintain the appropriate California Driver License may constitute cause for personnel action in accordance with Civil Service Rules or applicable bargaining agreement. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Certification Requirement:
A Refrigerant Transition and Recovery Certification as a Universal Technician as mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is required at the time of appointment. Failure to maintain the required certification may constitute cause for personnel action in accordance with Civil Service Rules or applicable bargaining agreement.

Physical Requirements:
Some positions in this class require the incumbent to be able to:
  • Work with and around power tools and equipment up to seven (7) hours per day.
  • Operate, maintain, and repair mechanical and other equipment and systems requiring lifting, pushing, and pulling up to 50 pounds up to 50 yards.
  • Work for extended periods of time in a bent, stooped, kneeling, or prone position.
  • Bend, squat, reach, and crawl to read gauges, locate leaks, remove debris, etc.
  • Climb and work safely on ladders (extension and A-frame) and step ladders with a total weight that does not exceed the weight capacity of the ladder or the highest rated capacity of the harnesses and lanyards used for fall protection.
  • Have 360 degree range of arm motion, simple/light and firm/strong grasping, reaching overhead, balancing while working overhead, and fine dexterity in both hands.
  • Work and crawl in small spaces and/or limited access areas, including entering and exiting through restricted entrances of 30 inches in diameter.
  • Have sufficient sense of smell, vision, touch, and hearing to observe equipment functions for normal and abnormal occurrences.
  • Have sufficient eyesight to distinguish between normal and off shade colors and to read gauges and meters in dimly lighted areas.
  • Stand or walk approximately seven (7) hours per day, including uneven surfaces.
  • Comply with American National Standard Institute 7.3 to wear respiratory protection (shaving of facial hair for fit and/or seal to use a respirator).
  • Use foot and hand controls repetitively for approximately four (4) hours per day.
Individuals who do not meet these requirements due to disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Working Conditions:
Some positions in this class require the incumbent to:
  • Work around high noise levels while wearing hearing protection equipment intermittently everyday.
  • Work alone for extended periods of time.
  • Work outside in all types of climatic conditions including inclement, very hot and/or cold weather.
  • Work in close and/or tight spaces which may be extremely hot and/or humid.
  • Work with hazardous materials such as refrigerants, solvents, fuel, oil, water treatment chemicals, etc.
  • Work in areas of low illumination.
  • Work at heights six feet and more above the ground on equipment and structures.
  • Be exposed to asbestos, exhaust fumes from airplanes, dust and controlled flames from welding torches intermittently every day.
  • Work around inmates and individuals with mental disabilities.
Shift, Weekend and Holiday Work:
Facility maintenance functions are a 24 hours a day, 365 days a year operation. All employees in this class will be subject to working shifts, weekends, holidays, overtime and standby.

Special Access:
Some incumbents in this class must acquire and maintain an airport security badge allowing access to secure County airport locations.

Probationary Period
The probationary period for this classification is six (6) months.

Application and Testing Information


Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. All applicants must complete and submit an online County of Sacramento employment application by 5:00 PM on the posted cut-off date. Click here to apply.

County of Sacramento
Department of Personnel Services
Employment Services Division
700 H Street, Room 4667
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone (916) 874-5593; 7-1-1 California Relay Service

Inter-Office Mail Code: 09-4667

  • Employment applications and all documentation requested in this announcement must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
  • Employment Services is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by an applicant's computer or web browser. Applicants will be automatically logged out if they have not submitted their applications and all documentation prior to 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
  • Your application should highlight all relevant education, training, and experience, and clearly indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications for the position as of the cut-off date.
  • Application information must be current, concise and related to the requirements in this job announcement. You may only apply for this recruitment once. Duplicate and incomplete applications will be disqualified.
  • A resume may be included with your application, however it will not substitute for the information requested on the application.


Applicants are required to provide a full and complete response to each supplemental question. The Supplemental Questionnaire is located in the tab marked "Supplemental Questions". Please be descriptive in your response.

Note: Responses of "See Resume" or "See Application", or copy and paste of work experience are not qualifying responses and will not be considered.
  • Supplemental Questionnaires must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date. Employment Services is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by an applicant's computer or web browser. Applicants will be automatically logged out if they have not submitted their applications and all documentation prior to 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
  • The supplemental questions are designed to elicit specific information regarding a candidate's experience, education, and training. Responses should be consistent with the information on your application and are subject to verification.
  • Please provide place of employment, pertinent dates, and concise, descriptive and detailed information for each question.
  • If a job included responsibilities applicable to several questions, separate the different functions of the job to answer all the questions completely.
  • Resumes or referral to the application or other questionnaire responses will not be accepted in lieu of completing each question.
  • If you have no experience, write "no experience" for the appropriate question.
  • For many individuals, it is more efficient to develop responses to the supplemental questions in a word processing document and then paste them into the final document to be submitted. Changes or corrections to your Supplemental Questionnaire cannot be made once your application packet has been submitted.
  • If the Supplemental Questionnaire is used in the Formula Rate exam, failure to complete all of the questions or incomplete responses will result in a lower score. While scoring the Supplemental Questionnaire, the candidate's application and/or attachments will not be reviewed , therefore, a candidate's responses to the questions should be accurate, thorough, detailed, and complete.


All candidates meeting the minimum qualifications by the cut-off date will have their Supplemental Questionnaire scored in the Formula Rate Examination.

This examination will evaluate the relevance, level, recency, progression and quality of candidate's education, training and experience. The candidate's application or other materials will not be included in this examination. Therefore, the candidate's responses to the supplemental questionnaire should be thorough, detailed and complete. The score from the Formula Rate Examination will determine the ranking on the eligible/employment list for this job.

All candidates competing in the testing process will receive written notice of their examination results by email. Notices can also be accessed in their inbox. Applicants achieving a passing score will be placed on the eligible list in rank order. The rank is determined by the test score attained from the examination.


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For information regarding County jobs:
Closing Date/Time: 12/20/2021 5:00 PM Pacific

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