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Chief Engineer I (6698)

Chief Engineer I

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: QC20
  • Class Code: 6698
  • Established: 1931
  • Revised: 12/06/1988
  • Title Changed: 02/02/1951


Under general direction, to lead and work with others in the operation, maintenance, and repair of the heating and electrical plant and other mechanical and power equipment of a State institution or a small group of State buildings; may instruct, lead or supervise inmates, wards or resident workers; and to do other related work.

Typical Tasks

Leads and works with skilled and semiskilled workers or patient or inmate helpers engaged in the operation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilating, refrigeration, and air-conditioning systems, including stationary engines, boilers, compressors, pumps, condensers, steam lines, water lines, gas lines, controls and meters; leads or performs maintenance and repair of water, electrical, elevator, and laundry equipment, shop machinery, and similar equipment; may lead or perform the analysis of boiler feed water samples and determine water treatment; may lead or perform servicing and maintenance of fire extinguishers and other fire protection equipment; prepare requisitions for fuel, equipment, and maintenance supplies; is responsible for the clean and orderly condition of boiler rooms and related equipment rooms; keeps charts and records; and prepares reports.

Minimum Qualifications

Two years of experience within the last fifteen years in the maintenance and operation of a heating, ventilating, and air- conditioning system and related equipment in a large commercial, industrial, or governmental building or institution.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Heating, ventilating, refrigeration, air-conditioning, electrical, water, sewage, and other mechanical systems, and the methods, materials, and tools used in their operation, maintenance, and repair; Safety Orders of the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health applying to heating, electrical, and other related mechanical equipment.


Ability to: Read and write English at a level required for successful job performance; direct the work of installing, operating, and maintaining heating, ventilating, refrigeration, and air- conditioning systems, and other mechanical systems; lead the work of skilled craftsmen and semiskilled workers and patient and inmate helpers; keep accurate records and prepare reports; think and act quickly in emergencies.

Additional Desirable Qualification

Education equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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