Operating Engineer

San Jose, CA
Jun 14, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job ID: 24603
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job Code: 6703
Department: Co-Generation Plant


Classification: Operating Engineer
Salary Range: $4,903 /month - $6,265 /month
FLSA status: Nonexempt

San Jose State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package. For more information on programs available, please visit http://www.sjsu.edu/hr/benefits/

About the Position

The Operating Engineer is responsible for operating, servicing and performing maintenance activities while following appropriate safety procedures on various mechanical equipment such as gas turbines, generators, gas compressors, air emission systems and water purifiers in a campus power plant. Incumbent also operates and performs maintenance on other related power plant equipment such as boilers, diesel or gas reciprocating engines, and other mechanical auxiliary equipment; Monitors instrumentation gauges for operating problems; Operates and monitors the power plants computer-based management system as it interfaces with the Energy Management System (EMS); and Coordinates the operation of power plant equipment in order to produce the optimum amount of energy in the most cost-effective manner, to ensure a clean, safe and attractive learning environment.

Position may rotate through various shift assignments at stations either in a central plant or in the utilities centers of individual buildings or campus center for the operation, service and repair of low, medium, or high-speed revolution cogeneration equipment.

Education and Experience

-High school diploma, California GED, or equivalent to two years of experience in the operation, maintenance, and repairs of boilers and chillers, diesel, or gas reciprocating engines and other related mechanical equipment.

-Completion of a certificate program in mechanical technology which includes the actual operation of boilers, gas or reciprocating engines may be substituted for up to one year of the required experience.

-Successful completion of an on-the-job training program in the operation, maintenance and minor repair of gas turbines, generators, gas compressors, air emission systems and water purifiers in a power plant and cogeneration system.

Other equivalent evidence of meeting the above minimum qualifications may be considered.

-Requires the possession of a valid California Driver's License for the operation of any vehicle or equipment required for position and in any emergency situation.

-Must participate in all OSHA required physicals and examinations.

Preferred Qualifications

-Three years of experience working in a power plant

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

-Thorough knowledge of high and low pressure boiler and chiller systems, electrical distribution and transfer systems and equipment, and auxiliary equipment.
-Thorough knowledge of the methods, materials and tools used in the operation of applicable systems.
-Working knowledge of system water testing and treatment procedures.
-Working knowledge of applicable building automation systems and interfaces.
-Ability to operate boilers and chillers safely and efficiently.
-Ability to quickly identify and correct malfunctions.
-Ability to monitor energy consumption and adjust equipment and system features.
-Ability to operate computer-based energy management systems and interfaces with main building automation system.
-Ability to read, interpret and work from blueprints, manuals, diagrams and operating procedures.
-Ability to estimate cost, time and materials of projects.
-Ability to maintain logs and records, retrieve data related to work performed using manual and/or computerized record-keeping systems, and prepare standard reports.
-Ability to provide instruction to unskilled assistants.
-Ability to analyze and respond appropriately to emergency situations.
-Ability to read and write at a level appropriate to the position and to perform arithmetic calculations as required by the position.
-Ability to wear a respirator.
-Must be able to accommodate a work schedule that varies according to operational needs and may include evening and weekend hours.
-Possession of a valid California Drivers license is required at time of hire for the operation of any vehicle required for this position.
-Must be able to successfully complete the Defensive Driver Training Program provided by the State of California for CSU campuses and pass the course exam.

Posting Date

June 13, 2018

Application Screening

Application Screening begins June 29, 2018
Applications received before that date will receive first consideration.

This position is open until filled; however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.

Required Application Material:


Please note that failure to completely fill out each section of the online application may result in your application not receiving consideration.

Note To Applicant

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a driminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a conditional offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


All San Jos State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Equal Employment Statement

SJSU is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

It is the policy of SJSU to provide reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities who self disclose.

Contact Information

One Washington Square San Jose, CA 95192-0046
Phone: 408-924-2250


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