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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 3167 - Maintenance Technician - Apprentice

Job Description

UNION: Local 399

Under general supervision; performs work of moderate difficulty in maintaining and repairing County buildings and equipment related to the power plant; performs related work as required.

An employee in this class works alongside stationary engineers, performing preventative maintenance and repairs related the power plant. Work is completed independently or with assistance of a stationary engineer. Assignments are received through verbal or written instructions, some judgment is exercised to determine work methods and procedures.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Perform preventive maintenance and repair on a variety of mechanical equipment
• Assist with preventative maintenance and repair of the Power Plant, the tunnel, and County owned or leased facilities, and related Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment
• Move supply items to and from storage areas, racks, or shelves, provide assistance in checking equipment operation for proper functioning
• Complete scheduled preventive maintenance, perform scheduled rounds, and record pertinent readings and data to ensure a safe and efficient operation
• Perform painting and simple plumbing and electrical repairs
• Inspect building structures and/or equipment
• Shadow the assigned Stationary Engineer and perform work as directed
• Observe and interpret readings on gauges, meters, and charts registering various aspects of boiler operation to ensure that boilers are operating properly
• Switch from automatic to manual controls and isolate equipment mechanically and electrically to allow for safe inspection and repair work
• Maintain daily logs of operation, maintenance, and safety activities, including test results, instrument readings, and details of equipment malfunctions and maintenance work
• Monitor and inspect equipment, computer terminals, switches, valves, gauges, alarms, safety devices, and meters to detect leaks or malfunctions and to ensure that equipment is operating efficiently and safely
• Analyze problems and take appropriate action to ensure continuous and reliable operation of equipment and systems
• Clean and lubricate boilers and auxiliary equipment and make minor adjustments as needed, using hand tools
• Perform or arrange for repairs, such as complete overhauls, replacement of defective valves, gaskets, or bearings, or fabrication of new parts
• Operate or tend stationary engines, boilers, and auxiliary equipment such as pumps, compressors, and air-conditioning equipment, to supply and maintain steam or heat for buildings, marine vessels, or pneumatic tools
• Activate valves to maintain required amounts of water in boilers, to adjust supplies of combustion air, and to control the flow of fuel into burners
• Test boiler water quality or arrange for testing and take necessary corrective action, such as adding chemicals to prevent corrosion and harmful deposits
• Adjust controls and/or valves on equipment to provide power, and to regulate and set operations of system or industrial processes
• Monitor boiler water, chemical, and fuel levels, and make adjustments to maintain required levels.
• Weigh, measure, and record fuel used
• Install burners and auxiliary equipment, using hand tools
• Maintain regular attendance and punctuality

• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Methods, practices, tools and materials used in maintenance and repair work
• Occupational hazards and necessary safety precautions to be followed
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• Computers and related software as applied to building automation, preventive maintenance, and work orders
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
• At least one building trade and reasonable proficiency in other trades
• Use and care of applicable tools and equipment
• Operating, installing and repairing equipment
• Working from sketches, building plans, blueprints or technical manuals
• Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc.
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office
• Preparing and maintaining accurate logs, records, and reports
• Following and enforcing necessary safety precautions

Ability to:
• Using applicable tools and equipment related to area of assignment
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality


A High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) and one (1) year of experience in maintenance and repair; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Heavy Work: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, use hands, arms, and feet to push, pull and operate tools and equipment, climb, crouch, stoop, crawl and lift, and have the ability to maneuver equipment up to 50 lbs.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work environment for this position frequently includes working near moving mechanical parts, in precarious places, with fumes or airborne particles, in cramped or confined spaces, and with potential hazards of high temperature hot water/steam, and chemicals.

Must possess and maintain in good standing a valid Illinois driver's license.