Stationary engineers, also known as power engineers, operate industrial machinery and equipment to ensure their facility has an adequate supply of energy. They may operate electrical, refrigeration, steam and mechanical equipment, as well as turbines, air conditioning equipment, combustion engines, pumps, air compressors and other equipment at their facility. They must regularly maintain all machinery and equipment in accordance with equipment manuals, and they troubleshoot machinery and equipment problems that arise. Stationary engineers need to efficiently and effectively track work orders and report on progress, as well as respond to all maintenance-related requests in a timely manner.
At all times, stationary engineers must comply with relevant federal, state and local laws and regulations, as well as the employer’s procedures, polices and directives. These engineers may have to attend periodic training either required by their employer or on a voluntary basis to keep their skills up to date. Additionally, they may need to provide training or mentor new stationary engineers. Stationary engineers' schedule may vary depending on their employer's needs and the available shifts; shifts may include nights, weekends and holidays.
Employers generally require that stationary engineers have at least a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field; however, they may consider candidates who have significant work experience as stationary engineers in lieu of a degree. Previous relevant experience is generally required or preferred as well.
Stationary Engineer Tasks
Troubleshoot and repair equipment, ensuring safety of personnel.
Analyze data and create maintenance and repair schedules.
Monitor and record data from a variety of sources and equipment.
Adjust intake and outflow to ensure functionality.