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Heating, air-conditioning and ventilation systems keep apartment buildings and commercial complexes comfortable year round. Stationary Engineers make sure these vital systems operate properly. In addition, engineers oversee the building’s electrical and fire safety systems. So they need to be knowledgeable about running various types of mechanical and electrical equipment. Being able to follow instruction manuals and complex diagrams is essential. In addition to performing routine maintenance, engineers are called upon to handle repairs. Bending, lifting and working in cramped spaces are often required. In newer buildings, computers run these systems. The engineer monitors operations and adjusts the computer’s programming as needed. This is steady, year round work. And because many facilities operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, shifts include overnights, weekends and holidays. In some buildings there may be the risk of exposure to hazardous materials, like asbestos. Stationary Engineers need to know how to guard against burns, electric shock, noise and moving parts. Most employers require a high school or equivalency diploma. Stationary Engineers are mostly union members. They learn their skills through technical schools and union-sponsored apprenticeships. The Stationary Engineer is an important part of a facility’s daily operation. And a good career choice for those with mechanical ability.


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