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Stationary Engineer (Correctional Facility) (6713)

Stationary Engineer (Correctional Facility)

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: QC42
  • Class Code: 6713
  • Established: 07/01/1983
  • Revised: 02/09/1988
  • Title Changed: --


Under general direction, to perform a variety of skilled work in the operation, maintenance and repair of boiler, heating, air conditioning, ventilating, lighting, power, water, water treatment, and other mechanical systems normally found in a State correctional facility in the Department of Corrections or Department of the Youth Authority; to maintain order and supervise the conduct of inmates, wards, residents, or patients and protect and maintain the safety of persons and property; may instruct or lead inmates, wards, patients, or resident workers; may instruct or lead other engineers; and do other related work.

Typical Tasks

Operates, maintains, and repairs boilers, heaters, pumps, valves, appurtenances, and lines used in the distribution of steam and heated or processed water; operates, repairs and maintains refrigerant compressors, condensers, evaporators, traps, transfer pumps, expansion valves, stop valves, and float valves, together with all refrigerant lines and devices used to control temperatures; operates, maintains and repairs air compressors, together with distribution lines and all valves and devices for air control; operates, maintains and repairs all natural and manufactured gas distribution lines, including all valves and control devices; operates, repairs, and maintains water filters, softeners, piping and pumps used in conjunction with water distribution, including all sinks and toilet bowls, supply lines and water lines; operates, repairs and maintains all types of motors and engines used to power pumps, compressors and fans; repairs and maintains single phase and multiphase electrical circuits up to 550 volts; repairs and maintains electrical transformers, motors, controls, machinery, fixtures, appliances and elevators; repairs and maintains electronic systems such as clocks, closed circuit television, automatic alarm systems, security systems, energy management systems, equal potential grounding and automatic power transfers; calibrates control systems, including air balance, humidistats and solid state electronic motor control amplifiers; operates, maintains and repairs water and sewage systems, laundry and culinary equipment; inspects and trouble shoots electrical and mechanical systems and equipment to identify repairs needed; performs minor building maintenance and repair; plans, layouts and estimates costs of electrical; mechanical, and electronic systems; requisitions parts, supplies and equipment; calculates systems requirements to provide estimates for modification or replacement of systems; and when assigned, maintains order and supervises the conduct of persons committed to the Department of Corrections and the Youth Authority; prevents escapes and injury by these persons to themselves or others or to property; maintains security of working areas and work materials; inspects premises and searches inmates, wards, residents, or patients for contraband such as weapons or illegal drugs; leads and trains subordinate and less senior personnel, and advises them of unusual problems, procedures, and practices.

Minimum Qualifications

Either I


Completion of a recognized apprenticeship for Stationary Engineers. (Apprentices who are within six months of completing their apprenticeship program may be admitted to the examination, but must present evidence of completion prior to appointment.)



Experience: Four years of experience performing duties which included the operation, maintenance and repair of boiler, heating, refrigeration, ventilation and power equipment of large commercial, industrial or institutional buildings including the operation and maintenance of air conditioning systems involving the use of automatic controls. and


Education: Completion of 700 hours of formalized technical instruction relating to Stationary Engineering in training offered by such established programs as: Job Corps; Skill Centers; ROP; Trades Schools; Military; and JTPA (Joint Training Partnership Act). (An Associate of Arts or Certificate in Mechanical Electrical Technology, which must have included at least 12 semester units of instruction in heating, ventilation, and refrigeration systems involving the use of automatic controls may be substituted for the 700 hours of technical instruction.) Students who are within six months of completing their degree will be admitted to the examination but they must present evidence of completion prior to appointment.


Two years of additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Boiler and auxiliary boiler room equipment; heating, lighting, ventilating, air conditioning, power, refrigeration, building electric and pneumatic controls, water treatment and other mechanical or electrical equipment; the methods, tools, materials, and equipment used in the operation, maintenance and repair of such equipment; Department's Affirmative Action Program objectives; a manager's role in the Affirmative Action Program and the processes available to meet affirmative action objectives.


Ability to: Follow oral and written directions; demonstrate mechanical ability; keep accurate records; install, operate and make repairs to the various types of equipment listed above in the knowledge requirements; make written reports, read, interpret, and work from plans, drawings and specifications; lay out work for others and direct them in this work; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; effectively contribute to the Department's affirmative action objectives.

Special Physical Characteristics

Persons appointed to positions in this class must be reasonably expected to have and maintain sufficient strength, agility, and endurance to perform during stressful (physical, mental, and emotional) situations encountered on the job without compromising their health and well-being or that of their fellow employees or that of inmates.


Assignments during tour of duty may include sole responsibility for the supervision of inmates and/or the protection of personal and real property.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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