County of Alameda

Stationary Engineer, PWA (#9671)

Bargaining Unit: BTC - Crafts and Trades (002)
$52.68-$52.68 Hourly / $4,214.40-$4,214.40 BiWeekly /
$9,131.20-$9,131.20 Monthly / $109,574.40-$109,574.40 Yearly

Under general supervision, to maintain and repair County owned and operated drawbridges, storm water lift stations and associated equipment and facilities, including but not limited to mechanical systems, electrical systems, water discharge systems, and building operations systems, and to perform related duties as required.


Positions in this class function at the journey-level and are expected to work with minimal supervision. Reporting to a Bridge and Pump Supervisor, incumbents in these positions must be able to perform assigned maintenance and repairs on moveable drawbridge spans and storm water lift stations, and work safely under various working conditions. Employees in this class make decisions concerning the quality of the work performed; and make recommendations for necessary repairs, equipment modifications and installation of projects.


NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Installs, overhauls, adjusts and repairs a variety of electrical and mechanical equipment necessary to maintain County operated drawbridges and storm water lift stations.

2. Performs skilled welding on movable spans and storm water lift stations using various metals and alloys.

3. Performs fabrication and repairs on structural members, brackets, frames, pump installations, tanks, panels, tools, shafts, steel stairways, catwalks, ladders, gear covers, and railings.

4. Installs, replaces, and repairs water lines, pumps, plumbing, and piping associated with bridge and storm water lift stations.

5. Performs steel reinforcement work, and patches cement curbs and railings.

6. Preserves and maintains movable spans and storm water lift stations by cleaning and painting structural members and other essential surfaces.

7. Prepares rigging; erects platform and staging, hoists other materials to effect repairs.

8. Performs trouble shooting to locate source of electrical or mechanical failure and performs the necessary maintenance repair.

9. Performs repairs and modifications to, and installation of electrical equipment requiring the ability to work from complex blueprints and schematics.

10. Inspect, diagnose and perform major and minor repair work on various types of engines, electric motors, pumps, hydraulic equipment, compressors, controls, valves and related equipment.

11. Maintains records of repairs and preventive maintenance documentations at all facilities. Requisitions supplies for bridge towers and storm water lift station operations and equipment repair.

12. Troubleshoots electrical malfunctions on DC rectifiers, VFDs, controls and motors, traffic controls, pneumatic systems and electrical control and power systems up to 480 VAC, 3-phase, and 0 to 48VDC.

13. Performs general machine shop work requiring skill with a wide variety of machine tools, such as power lathes, drill presses, and grinders, and uses welding, brazing and soldering equipment.

14. Completes daily and weekly timekeeping paperwork.

15. Interfaces, tests, troubleshoots and repairs Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, communication equipment, level transducers, programmable logic controllers, etc. using County supplied equipment.

16. Uses computer systems to generate/update preventive maintenance service requests/reports.

17. May train, instruct, and/or direct the work of other maintenance personnel, as directed.

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The equivalent of three years full-time experience in the class of Building Equipment Maintenance Worker or an equivalent or higher level class in the Alameda County classified service (non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts) performing related work.


The equivalent of four years full-time experience in the operation, maintenance, repair and installation of heavy industrial electrical, mechanical, plumbing, control systems, engines and pumps.

License (required for all patterns):

Possess and maintain a valid California Motor Vehicle Class C Driver's License. Candidates must submit evidence from the DMV showing current status of their license at the time of application and must have a clean driving record for the previous three-year period.

Special Requirements:

• Must have normal hearing and eyesight, including depth perception and freedom from color and night blindness.
• Must comply with County and Cal OSHA policies, procedures, and guidelines (such as Respiratory Protection).

Working Conditions:

• Work in all weather, around heavy traffic, and large construction machinery.
• Work underground and inside confined space areas.
• Work in open steel structures at heights up to 180 feet and pit areas 40 feet below estuary level.
• Subject to be on-call 24 hours in order to respond to emergency situations and must actively participate in the program. This will require being on standby duty.
• Work around potentially hazardous movable working equipment.
• Subject to climbing, working from heights, bending, stooping, and lifting of heavy objects.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Methods, tools and equipment used in the skilled trades necessary for the maintenance and repair of all phases of bridge and storm water lift station equipment, electrical installations and machinery.
• Safety practices applicable to electrical and mechanical maintenance, marine traffic, and when performing work upon road and waterways.
• Regulations governing the operation of drawbridges and storm water lift stations.
• Regulations governing the operation of storm water lift stations.
• Mechanical systems including engines, gear drives, pumps, heat exchangers, etc.
• The operation of HVAC and control system.
• Provisions of the National Electrical Code.
• Plumbing systems and general plumbing repairs.
• Electrical systems and general electrical system repairs.
• Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) maintenance, troubleshooting and repair.
• Cathodic protection systems.
• Computer systems usage and common applications, such as MS Outlook, Word, and Excel, internet searches, etc.

Ability to:

• Learn the detailed operation of storm water lift stations and bridge machinery, electrical systems and pertinent maintenance methods.
• Read electrical and mechanical blueprints and schematics.
• Respond and act quickly, judiciously, and independently in emergency situations; and work under minimal supervision.
• Utilize and operate various machine and basic hand tools and equipment.
• Climb stairs, ladders and open structures; work in open steel structures at heights up to 180 feet and to 60 feet below the water level.
• Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
• Diagnose and repair problems with storm water lift stations.
• Perform welding, brazing, soldering and other general machine shop work
• Fabricate, using material such as sheet metal, round stock, angle and flat iron, pipe and expanded metal screen.
• Follow general and detailed verbal and written instructions.
• Keep proper records pertaining to work schedules, log and shift operations and inventory items.
• Use basic computer software, MS Office-Word, Excel, Outlook.

Newspecs: 9671.doc
MH:cs 8/1/11
CSC Date: 10/19/11
MH:cs Revised 5/29/15
CSC Date: 6/10/15


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.