Stationary Engineer

  • Contra Costa County, CA
  • Martinez, California
  • Aug 29, 2023
Full Time Engineering
  • Salary: $79,949.28 - $97,178.88 Annually USD

Job Description

The Position

Contra Costa County’s Public Works Department is seeking qualified individuals to fill multiple Stationary Engineer (Building Maintenance Mechanic) vacancies. All interested and qualified individuals are encouraged to apply. The Public Works Department has an organizational culture that strives for continuous improvement. Our mission is to deliver cost effective, safe, reliable, and sustainable projects, programs, and quality services with a focus on our communities and provide support services that are competitive, attentive, responsive, efficient, and safe to enable the County Departments to provide high quality services to the public.

Stationary Engineers operate, maintain, and repair HVAC systems in a variety of buildings throughout the County. Responsibilities include resolving customer complaints related to airflow, heating, cooling, and ventilation; responding to HVAC related alarms and elevator malfunctions; calibrating and maintaining pneumatic, electric, and computerized (DDC system) controls; inspecting chillers and ensuring containment and proper handling of refrigerants, which may contain chlorofluorocarbons and other hazardous materials; and other related work as required.

The Public Works Department is currently recruiting to fill four (4) vacant positions for the Stationary Engineer classification. Employees may work in detention facilities and in close proximity to inmates and patients.

We are looking for someone who is:
  • Detail oriented. You can deliver measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results.
  • Safety oriented. You can adhere to all safety practices in the workplace
  • A problem solver. You can adapt to new situations and challenges as they arise.
  • A team player. You will develop and maintain working relationships and continuously work to improve relationships, contacts, and networks.
  • Organized. You will complete your assignments with minimal supervision.
  • Positive. You can maintain a positive attitude when working with co-workers, management, and customers.
What you will typically be responsible for:
  • Performing regular inspections of your assigned facilities for proper equipment operation.
  • Recording and maintaining maintenance records of all mechanical equipment in your facilities.
  • Inspecting and logging conditions of fire extinguishers and emergency lighting.
  • Testing and treating open and closed loop water systems used for heating and cooling.
  • Responding to routine and emergency work orders submitted by customer departments.
  • Working with outside contractors who perform EPA and OSHA required inspections and testing.
  • Working with fellow tradespersons on tenant improvement projects within the County.
A few reasons you might love this job:
  • You will be part of a supportive environment with a strong and dedicated administration.
  • All of the tools and equipment required to perform the duties will be provided.
  • You will be part of a collaborative team where teamwork is highly encouraged and supported.
  • Work-life balance that includes flexible scheduling and steady work.
A few challenges you might face in this job:
  • You may be assigned to work in a Detention Facility around inmates or detainees and /or in a hospital or medical setting around patients.
  • You will spend time working alone around Contra Costa County, without a team member or supervisor present.
  • Managing and completing multiple work orders in a timely manner.
  • Scheduling work to meet customer needs such as working nights and weekends.
  • Delivering results: Meeting organizational goals and customer expectations and making decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks
  • Mechanical Insight: Comprehending how mechanical, electrical, and structural systems operate and interact
  • Professional & Technical Expertise: Applying technical subject matter to the job
  • Safety Focus: Showing vigilance and care in identifying and addressing health risks and safety hazards
  • Actions & Results Focused (Taking Initiative): Initiating tasks and focusing on accomplishments
  • Adaptability: Responding positively to change and modifying behaviors as the situation requires
  • Attention to Detail: Focusing on the details of work content, work steps and final work products
  • Oral Communication: Engaging effectively in dialogue
  • Building & Maintaining Relationships: Establishing rapport and maintaining mutually productive relationships
  • Teamwork: Collaborating with others to achieve shared goals
To read the complete job description, please visit: Class Specifications | Stationary Engineer | Class Spec Details (

The eligible list established from this recruitment may remain in effect for six months
Minimum Qualifications

License Required: Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's License. Out of state motor vehicle operator’s license will be accepted during the application process.

Certificates: Must be Type 1 or Type 2 certified for Handling Chlorofluorocarbons at the time of application, and obtain a Federal Universal Certification for Handling Chlorofluorocarbons within nine (9) months from the date of hire.

Education: 1) Possession of a high school diploma, G.E.D. equivalency or high school proficiency certificates and (2) satisfactory completion of at least one college-level course in BOTH basic refrigeration and electricity OR completion of a HVAC trade school program.

Experience: Two (2) years of full-time or its equivalent experience as a stationary engineer or operating engineer maintaining and repairing HVAC equipment.

Substitution for College Courses: An additional three (3) years of full time (or its equivalent) experience as a Stationary Engineer or Operating Engineer, maintaining and repairing HVAC equipment; one (1) year of which must have been at the journey level

Substitution for Experience: Completion of a HVAC apprenticeship certification program

Other Requirement: Applicants must be able to obtain the Detention Facility Clearance to work in the detention facilities


Desirable Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of diesel generators.
  • Experience working with data/server room cooling systems.
  • Knowledge of current Title 24 and/or OSHA requirements.

Selection Process
Application Filing and Evaluation: Applications will be evaluated to determine which candidates will move forward in the next phase of the recruitment process. Training and Experience Evaluation: Candidates that clearly demonstrate they possess the minimum qualifications will have their training and experience evaluated. The training and experience questionnaire is a part of the application and is designed to evaluate each ca ndidate's relevant education, training and/or experience as presented in the application and supplemental questionnaire. (Weighted 100%) Final Selection Interviews: These will be scheduled by the department once the eligible list is established.
The Human Resources Department may change the examination steps noted above in accordance with the Personnel Management Regulations and accepted selection practices.
For recruitment-specific questions, please contact Rachel Filamor at For any technical issues, please contact the Government Jobs’ applicant support team for assistance at +1 855-524-5627.


After you receive a conditional job offer, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you have received a conditional job offer. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with Contra Costa County. If you accept a conditional job offer, the Human Resources department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.


All Contra Costa County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law. Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


It is the policy of Contra Costa County to consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or other protected category under the law.

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Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

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