Watch Station Engineer

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, is located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC.

Job Summary:

The Stationary Engineer II (Watch) operates, monitors, maintains, and tests various types of stationary engines and auxiliary physical plant equipment and systems that provide heat, light, power, cooling, compressed air and other utility services to the Laboratory. The incumbent will conduct rounds of mechanical areas; starts and stops equipment as necessary on various shifts, assists in the maintenance, testing and controlling of larger, more complicated systems and records data gathered during equipment monitoring and maintenance.. The Stationary Engineer II (Watch) responds to building automation system alarms and facility emergencies.

The Stationary Engineer II (Watch) has some discretion in the work they perform, assessing jobs against various standards, and is expected to consult with and work under the leader or supervisor in emergency or unusual circumstances, or when servicing more complex machinery or systems. All work must comply with the rules, regulations, and guidelines of various codes, including the International Plumbing Code, National Electrical Code, and Howard County Local Code Amendments.

US Citizenship is required.


  • Operate and monitor all physical plant equipment. Regularly check mechanical and machine rooms to ensure full service to all facilities and special areas. Start-up and changeover equipment. Complete minor preventive maintenance work and machinery history logs. Respond to facility service outages by making immediate repairs or initiating recall of appropriate personnel. (80%)
  • Monitor and control equipment operations through the building automation system and respond to alarms. Reset equipment or perform emergency repairs as required to restore normal facility operations. Secure and restore utility services as required during emergency situations or unscheduled outages. (20%)

Performance of all of the job responsibilities cited above in all campus buildings or structures, including those which house laboratories which handle special materials, is an essential function of this job.

Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.Required Qualifications:

  • High school diploma, or the math and language skill set equivalent to that of a high school graduate.
  • Equivalent of at least 4 years of formal on-the-job training (each year of accredited school equates to one year of training) acquired at the journeyman level or beyond.
  • A State of Maryland Second Grade Stationary Engineer's license.
  • Ability to use hand tools, power tools, and test equipment.
  • Working knowledge of applicable Plumbing and Mechanical codes.
  • Ability to read blueprints, sketches, O&M Manuals, and diagrams.
  • Independent work in both routine and emergency situations.
  • Effective communications skills.
  • Ability to apply knowledge of rules, regulations, and guidelines of applicable codes.
  • Possess trade-related math skills appropriate for this level of work; be able to read, write, and understand written and spoken English; and be familiar with the use of schematics and plans.
  • Possess a working knowledge of personal computers and basic applications. Demonstrated proficiency in use of Microsoft Office applications.
  • Possess a valid state-of- residence driver's license.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Maryland First Grade Stationary Engineer's license.
  • HVAC/R journeyman's license.
  • Familiarity with Johnson Controls METASYS and DSC building automation systems.
  • Experience in emergency response, hazardous materials handling, applicable OSHA/EPA regulations. CFC Certification.

Special Working Conditions:

  • Working hours are a 12-hour shift (7 days of work per 14 day pay period). After-hours work or assignment on a rotating shift (including weekends and holidays) is required. Overtime is required.
  • Use of personal protective equipment.
  • Outside work during all types of weather;
  • Significant walking and climbing and descending of stairs and ladders required to complete rounds.
  • Operation of APL vehicles and industrial equipment.
  • Newly-hired staff receive regularly-scheduled certification safety training as required by EPA and OSHA/MOSH in the use of MSDS, respirators, scaffolding, ladders, fall protection gear, lockout/tagout, forklifts, aerial platforms, and confined space.
  • May undergo periodic occupational physical.

US Citizenship is required.


APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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