Stationary Engineer – All Shifts

February 11, 2019
Philadelphia, PA
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Under the supervision of the Maintenance Supervisor and direction of the maintenance team leader, operates, monitors, maintains, and responds to alarms of building utility systems including: water chillers, cooling towers, condenser water, high purity water treatment (softeners, de-ionizing and reverse osmosis units and stills), clean steam, building steam and condensate, compressed air and vacuum systems. Maintains logs, necessary paperwork, and completes documentation in a cGMP compliant fashion. Documents work activities completely through work orders and daily labor record. Stationary engineers will perform maintenance on any equipment or facility which their skills support in a compliant quality manner. Stationary engineers are part of the Utilities Technician work group and will primarily share work assignments within their job grouping with no inherent or “system imposed” limits. Based on business needs, Utilities Technicians will perform maintenance activities including crossing between job groupings where skills are common. Work assignments, buildings and equipment are not exclusive to any craft, job grouping , or employee. Position may include some responsibility for maintaining significant business systems (e.g. Maximo data, planning, procurement, and scheduling) including the authority to assign, coordinate, and maintain work for others.

  • Maintains proper pressures and temperature in the operation of heating and cooling equipment, including chillers, cooling towers, perimeter heat, reheat, etc. systems to meet variable load conditions. Maintains appropriate oil, glycol and cooling water parameters as required by utility systems. Chemically cleans heat exchangers and circulating systems, adhering to department safety requirements. 
  • Operates distilled water, deionized water, reverse osmosis, water softener, water pretreatment, and reheat systems.
  • Troubleshoots and routinely maintains, regenerates, acid cleans, adds or changes resin, and disinfects these systems as necessary. Monitors capacity, adequacy of utility services, and quality to insure proper operation of this equipment.
  • Adheres to cGMP requirements applicable to these systems.
  • Maintains operation of high purity water systems to provide pressure, quantity, and quality in accordance with production and cGMP requirements.
  • Insures proper operation of gauges/instrumentation (temperature, flow, conductivity, resistivity, pH, pressure, etc.) and changes recorder charts as necessary. 
  • Conducts daily tours of utility equipment and reports problems concerning instrumentation and control Maintains records of operating details, including daily shift reports and logs, to provide shift-to-shift communications between both supervisory and stationary engineer personnel. Works with supervisory, engineering, and customer personnel to assure proper operation, maintenance and repair of utility equipment.
  • Prepares utility equipment and systems for modifications and/or tie-ins performing necessary shutdowns and isolation of valves following safe hazardous energy control procedures. Returns systems to normal operation.
  • Performs routine testing of water systems, cooling tower water, closed loop cooling and heating systems. Maintains necessary chemical treatment at specified parameters, e.g. level, pH, conductivity, etc.
  • Performs necessary operation and maintenance checks to insure that building utility related systems are operating as efficiently (energy consumption, water use, etc.) as possible, with minimum losses and optimum applied capacity.
  • Maintains utility equipment in good operating condition as it applies to oily, packing, cleaning, adjustments, and safety conditions. 
  • Performs preventive and corrective maintenance and emergency repairs as required by the equipment and systems for which responsible to provide continued utility system operation. 
  • Insures the proper housekeeping conditions are maintained in mechanical rooms via proper storage of equipment and supplies. Performs miscellaneous clean up as necessary.
  • Operates two-way radio communications for normal, alarm, and emergency dispatch in a professional manner. Responds to WPMS alarms as required in a timely and professional manner.
  • Operates computer workstations for monitoring and operational status of equipment and systems where applicable. 
  • Provides guidance to General Workers and Maintenance personnel when working jointly on assignments.
  • Performs all duties necessary to insure that the quality and quantity of service is maintained via proper operating conditions throughout the Building Utility area. 
  • Completes department training requirements, e.g., orientation, SOP, safety, etc. as direct by supervision.
  • Attends and actively participates in HAZOPS, waste walkthroughs, Kaizen events, or any other operations, lean six-sigma, quality, safety or environmental training/initiative as required.
  • Prepares and assists technicians, supervisors and planners in preparing labor and material estimates.
  • Assists supervising with the assigning, scheduling and prioritization of work order requests using maintenance management system. 
  • Makes recommendations and prepares orders for spare parts, additional stock room items, tools, etc.
  • Consults with Supervisor and other mechanics on problem resolution/troubleshooting. Keeps Supervisor informed of problem issues. 



  • High School Diploma/GED or higher
  • Graduation from a recognized/accredited trade school with at least six months full time emphasis (5 hours/day x 3 days/week) in industrial power plant and refrigeration equipment operations – AND/OR – Navy Boiler Technician and Machinist Mate, State Stationary Engineer Seal, and Merchant Marine QMED or Engineer programs/licenses meet this requirement.


  • Three years recent (within last 10 years) full-time experience (6,000 hours) operating industrial power plant equipment and controls (must include: chillers, cooling towers, air compressors, and water treatment equipment).
  • A basic understanding of chemical and water treatment and computer use is required.
  • Held the position of Stationary Engineer at Merck & Co., Inc., West Point within the last seven years


  • Recent experience operating centrifugal chillers (electrical and turbine driven) greater than 600 tons, air compressors and desiccant air dryers greater than 250 cfm, and high purity (WFI and USP grade) water system equipment including reverse osmosis, deionization, vapor compression and multi-effect distillation units.
  • Operational experience in the emergency/building electrical generators and hands-on experience and hazardous energy control (lockout/tagout) procedures.

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