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Brookhaven National Laboratory Central Steam Facility Sr. Stationary Engineer in Upton, New York

Central Steam Facility Sr. Stationary Engineer

  • Job ID #: 2706

  • Position Type: Full Time - Regular

  • FLSA: Non Exempt

  • Job Category: Trades/Union Bargaining Unit

  • Department: EUUS-Union Central Steam Plant

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Why Work at BNL?

Brookhaven National Laboratory ( delivers discovery science and transformative technology to power and secure the nation’s future. Brookhaven Lab is a multidisciplinary laboratory with seven Nobel Prize-winning discoveries, 37 R&D 100 Awards, and more than 70 years of pioneering research. The Lab is primarily supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science. Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) operates and manages the Laboratory for DOE. BSA is a partnership between Battelle and The Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University.

Organizational Overview

Organization Overview

The Facilities & Operations (F&O) Directorate’s mission is to support the science and technology and environmental restoration missions of the Laboratory by providing a safe, environmentally sound, and reliable infrastructure, to provide high quality crafts and fabrication services to our customers as needed and to protect people, property, and national security.

The Energy & Utilities (EU) Division operates and maintains BNL's:

  • Electric Transmission & Distribution System

  • Central Steam Facility

  • Central Chilled Water Facility

  • Potable Water Treatment Facility

  • Wastewater Treatment Facility

  • Site Fire Alarm Systems

  • Building Electrical Systems

  • Site Energy Management Control System (EMCS)

  • Energy Procurement

  • Energy Metering Systems

These operation and maintenance activities are performed in a manner to ensure they are always safe, reliable, efficient, green and mission ready. The EU Division oversees BNL's energy management programs including sustainability, conservation and obtaining economical electric power and fuel supplies for BNL.

Position Description


The Energy & Utilities Division, within the Facilities and Operations Directorate has an opportunity to fill the position of a Sr. Stationary Engineer which is anchored at building 610 and reports directly to the Central Steam Facility Supervisor. New employee will be assigned to the day shift M-F 8am-4pm, and after qualifying, will be assigned additional responsibilities as a relief engineer filling in for shift workers on an as-needed basis. With seniority, or as required by BNL, the employee will assume a permanent rotating shift schedule, six days on with two days off (6 & 2), 24/7, 365 days per year. All operators work weekends, holidays, and overtime as required.

Position Requirements

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Under minimum supervision operates, maintains, and repairs any heat generation equipment, facilities, and auxiliary and related equipment within the BNL Central Steam Facility. May be required to assign, direct, or check the work of other personnel in connection with assigned responsibilities.

    Additional Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Operating the equipment in a safe and conscientious manner following safety rules, procedures, and actively participating in safety programs, such as confined space, lock-out/tag-out, etc.

  • Maintain records and logbooks, of rounds and inspections performed.

  • Operate, monitor, and secure boilers and balance of plant equipment. Recognize abnormal conditions and take corrective action.

  • Perform routine and demand maintenance and repairs as necessary in order to keep the plant operating at optimal efficiency.

  • Perform daily chemical test analysis of all operating systems such as boilers, water softener, feedwater, and condensate systems.

  • Perform daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual planned maintenance on boilers and auxiliary equipment as assigned.

  • Assist in maintaining a high level of housekeeping, inventory, and maintenance of tools.

    Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Requires a BS in marine engineering or similar technical degree; or completion of US Navy, multi-year union, or similar technically accredited program leading to a recognized certificate or license for the operation and maintenance of high-pressure steam plants and plant control systems. Requires one year or equivalent of operation and maintenance experience on high-pressure steam plants.

  • In lieu of the above, requires 10-years prior experience as a licensed operator in the operation and maintenance of high-pressure steam plants and plant controls, with at least 5-years as an unsupervised watch stander. US Coast Guard License as 3rd assistant engineer steam vessel or higher; NYS or NYC license to operate high-pressure steam boilers is highly desirable.

  • Ability to learn and maintain a thorough understanding of the operation and control of the boilers including computer control systems, instrumentation & controls, safety systems, water testing, functioning of the water softener, feed water pumps, condensate pumps, deaerators, fuel oil transfer pumps, air compressors, and steam pumps.

  • Strong decision making skills and the ability to respond to a complex set of circumstances.

  • Mechanical aptitude and ability to effectively assist in maintenance and repairs including skill in the use of tools and equipment relating to the mechanical and electrical trades

  • Must be able to read, write, and verbally communicate in English

  • The ability to work 8-hour rotating shifts and extended hours if necessary

  • Must have a valid NYS Driver’s license

    Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of NFPA 85 – Boiler and Combustion Systems Hazards Code

  • Knowledge of boiler system corrosion control methods

  • Experience with fuel oil handling and spill control methods


    Environmental, Safety, and Health, Considerations:

  • Standing, bending, and lifting, up to 50lbs.

  • Ability to work in confined spaces

  • Ability to climb fixed and portable ladders and work at heights up to 50 feet

  • Use of a respirator and other related safety equipment

  • Work outdoors/cold environments

  • Work in warm environments

  • Some rigging & hoisting

  • Use of powered and air operated hand tools

  • Operates forklifts, mobile cranes, or other heavy equipment

  • Work with machinery including benchtop grinders and similar

  • Ability to act as a primary authorized employee for Lock-out/Tag-out

  • Ability to wear proper PPE such as safety glasses, safety shoes, and hearing protection

    The Lab’s placement policy is to select the best qualified candidate for an available position. With respect to Bargaining Unit positions, candidates are considered in the following order: (1) present benefits-eligible employees within the department/division and/or appropriate bargaining unit, with preference for those within the immediate work group; (2) present benefits-eligible employees within the Laboratory; and (3) outside applicants.

At Brookhaven National Laboratory we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes, but is not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Care Plans

  • Flexible Spending Accounts

  • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (vacation, holidays, sick leave, paid parental leave)

  • Lab-funded Retirement Plan

  • 401(k) Plan

  • Flexible Work Arrangements

  • Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs

  • Employee Fitness/Wellness & Recreation: Gym/Basketball Courts, Weight Room, Fitness Classes, Indoor Pool, Tennis Courts, Sports Clubs/Activities (Basketball, Ping Pong, Softball, Tennis)

    Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer that values inclusion and diversity at our Lab. We are committed to ensuring that all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a veteran, disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

BNL takes affirmative action in support of its policy and to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. We ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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