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Steam Equipment Mechanic Duties

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This is skilled mechanical work in the maintenance, repair, and replacement of complex and sophisticated steam systems and related equipment and components.

Work is performed under general supervision of an allied foreman, but an employee of this class would be expected to diagnose system problems and perform corrective action autonomously. Duties may include giving guidance to lower-level mechanics and/or assistants in work methods and techniques.


Diagnoses and corrects complex control system defects and malfunctions, utilizing cutting torches, welding equipment, and a wide variety of hand tools.

Performs preventive maintenance on a variety of hand tools.

Performs preventive maintenance on a variety of boilers, heat exchangers, pumps, and auxiliary equipment.

Performs inspections on associated equipment to ascertain degree of wear and to anticipate necessary repairs.

Assists in the fabrication of parts and devices which cannot be open-purchased due to antiquated or esoteric nature.

May order materials and supplies incident to repair and/or replacement.

May maintain a simple set of records regarding work performed.

Performs related work as required.


Literacy and considerable experience in the operation and maintenance of a high pressure steam system; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Thorough knowledge of the operation and maintenance of high psi steam heating plant.

Thorough knowledge of the occupational hazards of high psi steam plant.

Ability to instruct and supervise the work of subordinates.

Ability to read and understand schematics of steam generating system.

Skill in the use of a wide variety of hand and power tools.



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