UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

Specification for Class

STEAM ENGINEER

UW CODE AND REPRESENTATIVE GROUP

8873 (WFSE Skilled Trades)

DEFINITION

Maintain one shift with total responsibility for operations of assigned steam plant equipment.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Positions in this class are totally responsible for the operation of all steam and/or hot water generating equipment in the high-pressure steam heating facilities during hours the employee is on shift. Incumbents must have necessary city licenses and be able to exercise independent judgments and decisions concerning operations and safety activities of the steam heating plant. Work includes boilers of over 150 h.p. each.

TYPICAL WORK

Operate one or more high-pressured multi-fuel boilers (more than 15 p.s.i. pressure); operate and adjust feed water and hot well pumps; observe gauges and adjust equipment to maintain required steam pressure and water levels; may operate turbine generators, absorption and cooling equipment, air compressors, fresh water production equipment, and deionizing equipment;

Visually and manually check air compressors, motors, pumps, steam turbines, and other equipment for proper lubrication and operation;

Enforce safety regulations at all times and maintain safety precautions as appropriate;

Make routine repairs and adjustments on boilers and appurtenant equipment and perform necessary emergency actions to answer remote fire control alarm systems;

Monitor boiler room log and take shift readings and prepare required plant reports;

Work may involve related custodial or clean-up duties;

Perform related duties as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - UW Contract Classified

Applicable steam engineer's license and two years' experience with power plant operations, including feed water systems, coal, gas, and fuel oil fired high-pressure boiler systems and all auxiliary equipment, water chilling systems, high voltage generation and distribution systems, and related combustion controls and safety devices.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Examination Requirements:

A job element examination (including written, E & T and oral components) scored on the basis of job related experience, training, skill, ability and other elements which are established through job analysis.

New Class: 1-3-73
Revise MQ: 7-2-90
CSR Class Conversion (mc): 06-01-05