Thompson Hospitality

Operating Engineer (Power Plant)

Job Locations US-DC-Washington
Position Type
Regular Full-Time


An Operating Engineer operates and maintains control of the Power Plant.  Operating Engineers are certified DC Class 1 under the District of Columbia Board of Industrial Trades (Steam Engineers).


The Operating Engineer will operate and maintain the power plant and all associated equipment. Regulate a variety of controls to monitor and adjust equipment to meet fluctuating operation conditions.

  • Receive work assignments from management; verify information and materials and report discrepancies to management.  Must possess a first grade engineer's state license and provide evidence of practical work experience in the operation and maintenance of plant boilers and all associated equipment.
  • Operate and maintain boilers, pumps, air compressors and any other equipment related to the operation of the Power Plant/Boiler Room.
  • Take daily water samples and run tests on samples as directed by the Water Treatment Co. and add chemicals to maintain specific water chemical content for boilers, HVAC and all associated equipment.
  • Check and record daily readings on various specified meters and recorders, compile readings into reports as required.  Make periodic checks of all meters and gauges and make necessary adjustments to maintain proper equipment operation.
  • Prepare all boilers for state inspection as required.  Maintain records and reports of all inspections.
  • Conduct air/water quality tests as required and maintain records to conform to EPA laws and regulations.
  • Operate and maintain electric/electronic controls and computers for Power Plant/Boiler Room operation.
  • Operate emergency generator in the event of a power failure to provide emergency power to boilers and other related equipment.
  • Monitor chiller operation and water temperatures and report problems to management or HVACR mechanics.
  • Work along with contractors or vendors to accomplish the goals set forth by management. Contact suppliers or equipment manufacturers to obtain information on the repair, replacement or maintenance of all related equipment.
  • Utilize the SAP system to maintain records on equipment preventative maintenance and repairs.
  •  Maintain equipment and work areas in a clean and orderly condition.  Follow all safety rules and regulations including but not limited to lock out / tag out, confined space entry, wearing steel toe shoes and other safe practices and personal protective equipment to ensure a safe working environment for all employees.


This current available schdules includes 6AM - 2PM or 10pm -6am  Monday - Friday.


This is an SEIU represented position.

Basic Qualifications: 

  • High School Degree/GED.
  • Must have First Grade Stationary Engineers License or Third Grade Stationary Engineers License. DC 1st CLASS or DC 3rd Class
  • Practical work experience in the operation and maintenance of plant boilers and all associated equipment.


ENVIRONMENT: Office and plant environment.  Driving a vehicle to conduct work as needed.

PHYSICAL ABILITIES: Sitting or standing for extended periods of time.    Ability to see, read, and


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