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Stationary Engineer

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Work Type: Staff/Classified AFSCME
Location: Kent Campus
Category: Full-time
Home Org/Dept: Power House - Kent Campus [100413]

Job Title:

Stationary Engineer

Physical Location:

 Kent Campus - Kent, OH


 $20.04 -$20.94

Basic Function:

Directs, operates, and maintains powerhouse equipment on an assigned shift. Reports to Manager, Power Plant or other designated supervisor.

Additional Basic Function – if applicable:


Examples of Duties:

Duties/essential functions may include, but not be limited to, the following: 

Operates and instructs powerhouse workers in the operation, maintenance, repair, and installation of boilers, furnaces, and auxiliary equipment (i.e., turbines, blowers, flow meters, pumps, generators, fans, compressors, chillers and related equipment).

Makes rounds of powerhouse; reads meters, gauges, and recording devices; visually inspects equipment to detect malfunctions or need for repair, adjustments, or lubrication and makes repairs and/or adjustments as required.

Monitors power consumption meters; starts, synchronizes, switches, and stops generators, turbines, pumps, compressors, boilers, chillers and related equipment, as needed. Adjusts electronic controls to bring equipment into prescribed ranges; opens and/or closes valves and adjusts regulators to control flow of steam or water through pipelines or to blow sludge and scale from pressurized systems.

Maintains powerhouse log; records readings, fuel consumed, power generated, maintenance work performed, and related records; monitors and maintains sufficient fuel supply.

Operates computer equipment and programs to input, retrieve, submit and modify data, including interfacing with specialized programs that control equipment.

Operates and maintains gas turbines, gas compressors, condensate polishers, and water softeners; may clean plant and equipment, test water, and add water treatment chemicals, as required.

May answer telephones and radios and relays messages as necessary.

May train and direct student employees or employees in lower pay grade; may participate in training new employees.

May assist other tradespersons as required.

Performs related duties as required.

Additional Examples of Duties – if applicable:


Minimum Qualifications:

High school diploma or equivalent. Formal training in stationary engineer program (or equivalent training or experience which provides comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities).


Current third class license as a Stationary Steam Engineer issued by Ohio Department of Industrial Relations.

Knowledge Of:

Installation, repair, maintenance, and operation of powerhouse equipment *
Water treatment procedures *

Skill In:

Operating powerhouse equipment (e.g., gas, oil-fired boilers, turbines, electronic controls, etc.) *
Interpersonal communication to effectively interact with University personnel and public in person and over the telephone (e.g., to transmit work directives, to answer telephone) *

Ability To:

Train and provide effective work direction to other employees
Manage time effectively and set priorities
Recognize threatening or unusual conditions and take appropriate action
Apply safety practices
Interpret and apply blueprints and schematics
Perform basic mathematics (e.g., add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers, decimals, and fractions, and calculate percentages) *
Read (e.g., technical information), write (e.g., work instructions), and accurately follow oral and written instructions *
Demonstrate physical dexterity and lift 100 pounds *
Write (e.g., work instructions) *
Maintain accurate records *
Identify items which are the same or different *
Utilize standard computer equipment and programs to input, retrieve, submit and modify data, including the ability to properly interface with specialized programs that control equipment *
Use computer equipment and programs which provides guidance on the operation of equipment *
Utilize email, internet, desktop software (i.e. Microsoft Office Suite) *

Preferred Qualifications – if applicable:

Experience working with coal, gas, and oil fired boilers preferred.


Asterisk (*) indicates knowledge, skills, abilities which require assessments

Working Conditions / Physical Requirements:

Powerhouse environment; continuous exposure to extreme levels of temperature, loud noise, fumes and potentially dangerous equipment (e.g., boilers), steam, gases, and potentially hazardous conditions (e.g., pressurized steam); requires considerable physical effort to include frequent lifting of up to 100 pounds (e.g., valves, motors), climbing, stooping, and kneeling; may work varied hours and shifts to include nights, weekends, and holidays; may be called to work in emergency situations; may require off-campus travel.

Working Schedule:

Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.; however, schedule can vary to meet departmental needs.

Additional Information:


Must pass a security check.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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The intent of this description is to illustrate the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and should not be interpreted to describe all the specific duties and responsibilities that may be required in any particular position. Directly related experience/education beyond the minimum stated may be substituted where appropriate at the discretion of the Appointing Authority. Kent State University reserves the right to revise or change job duties, job hours, and responsibilities.

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