Maintenance Tech III—Plumber/Stationary Engineer
Department: Facilities & Operations
Status: Full Time
The Plumber/Stationary Engineer will be responsible for assembling, installing and repairing pipes, fittings, and fixtures of heating, water, and drainage systems, along with operating and maintaining stationary engines and mechanical equipment such as steam engines, air compressors, generators, motors, turbines, and steam boilers, to provide utilities such as light, heat, or power for buildings and industrial processes.
- Studies building plans and working drawings to determine work aids required and sequence of installation.
- Inspects structure to ascertain obstructions to be avoided to prevent weakening of structure resulting from installation of pipe.
- Locates and marks position of pipe and pipe connections and passage holes for pipes in walls and floors.
- Cuts openings in walls and floors to accommodate pipe and pipe fittings.
- Cuts and threads pipe.
- Bends pipe to required angle by use of pipe-bending machine or by placing pipe over block and bending it by hand
- Assembles and installs valves, pipe fittings, and pipes composed of metals, such as iron, steel, brass, and lead, and nonmetals, such as glass, vitrified clay, and plastic.
- Joins pipes by use of screws, bolts, fittings, solder, plastic solvent, and caulks joints.
- Fills pipe system with water or air and reads pressure gauges to determine whether system is leaking.
- Installs and repairs plumbing fixtures such as sinks commodes, bathtubs water heaters, hot water tanks, garbage disposal units, dishwashers, and water softeners.
- Repairs and maintains plumbing by replacing washers in leaky faucets, mending burst pipes, and opening clogged drains.
- Welds holding fixtures to steel structural members.
- Reads meters and gauges or automatic recording devices at specified intervals to verify operating conditions.
- Records data such as temperature of equipment, hours of operation, fuel consumed, temperature or pressure, water levels, analysis of flue gases voltage load and generator balance.
- Adjusts manual controls or overrides automatic controls to bring equipment into recommended or prescribed operating ranges, switch to backup equipment or systems, or to shut down equipment.
- Visually inspects equipment at periodic intervals to detect malfunctions or need for repair, adjustment or lubrication.
- Maintains equipment by tightening fittings, repacking bearings, replacing packing glands, gaskets, valves, recorders and gauges, cleaning or replacing burners or other components.
- Oils and lubricates equipment.
- Performs water titration tests and pours chemical additives, such as water softener, into treatment tank to prevent scale buildup and to clean boiler lines.
- Records operation and maintenance actions taken during shift in operator’s logbook.
- Associates degree (A.A.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school. and five years of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education an experience.
- Must have a City of Chicago Stationary Engineers license or be able to get one within 60 days of their start date.
- Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, blue prints, and procedure manuals.
- Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
- Ability to speak effectively before groups of employees of the organization.
- Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
- Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee:
—is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear.
—is frequently required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms.
—is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell.
—must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
- Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee:
—is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts and risk of electrical shock.
—is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; outside weather conditions; extreme cold; extreme heat; and vibration.
- The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
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