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Operating Engineer I

Operating Engineer I

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Regular Full-Time
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

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Cures Start Here. At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home to three Nobel laureates, interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists seek new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. Fred Hutch’s pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation led to the development of immunotherapy, which harnesses the power of the immune system to treat cancer. An independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle, Fred Hutch houses the nation’s first cancer prevention research program, as well as the clinical coordinating center of the Women’s Health Initiative and the international headquarters of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. Careers Start Here.




General Description: Reporting to the Electrical Lead/ Electrical-Compliance Supervisor, the Operating Engineer I will perform Installs, repairs and performs preventive maintenance on electrical systems and apparatus in a medical research center environment. This position can be filled with an individual possessing either a 07 or a 01 Electrical License (WA State). If the individual processes a 07 License (maintenance Electrician license) the individual will be required to have a grade 3 boiler license or the ability to obtain one within 2 years and qualify as a watchstanders. Additionally the individual will be expected to periodically stand a watchstanders rotation. If the individual processes an 01 License (Journeyman Electrician) the individual will be encouraged to obtain a grade 3 boiler license (City of Seattle) but the boiler license will not be mandatory. The individual will still be required to periodically work weekends




Individual will be assigned to the electrical team and will work a Monday through Friday day shift. In addition to performing general electrical work as outlined below, this individual will often times work in a team environment with licensed electrical trainees and as such be expected to mentor them and verify the number of hours and type of work so that the trainees may account for their hours requirement in pursuit of their 07 license. Additionally, while a boiler license may not be required (In the case of an 01 license), the individual will still be expected to be proficient and able to perform all aspects of being a watchstander short of the boiler requirement.


Type of work to be performed:  


Focus on Corrective Maintenance and Preventive Maintenance of campus electrical equipment


Focus on customer service and meeting the needs of high level, critical laboratory functions


Daily use of WebWork (CMMS) to complete assignments


Correct lighting control system problems


Performs periodic confidence testing of electrical equipment, as required.


Perform Generator tests and work on UPS systems


Perform Emergency repairs as required


May be required to perform misc minor maintenance in other fields as required when in the rotating Trade Call position


Installs wiring for machines and equipment such as lab equipment, freezers, programmable controllers, lights, etc., under the direction of the Lead Electrician.


Diagnoses malfunctioning wiring, transformers, motors, relays, switches, UPS/s, position sensing devices, and lighting fixtures, and replaces or repairs same.


Work with other shifts and trades to pass on critical information regarding campus or equipment statuses 


Note: Other duties, including maintenance and repair duties unrelated to electrical work, may be assigned as needed.



As a measure of competency, a WA State Dept. of Labor and Industries/ Journeyman Nonresidential Maintenance Certificate (07), General Journeyman (EL01) or Master Electrician (ME01), license is strongly desired. A two year Electrical Trade School or equivolent Military Experience with the ability to obtain a license within one year of employment will be considered in lieu of a current Washington State Electrical license


  • If licensed at the 07 level or non licensed with trade school experience, must have a current Grade III City of Seattle Boiler Operator License or obtain one within 24 months of being hired.
  • To be hired at the OE1 level individual must have 6 years of experience, at the OEII level the individual must have between 4 and 6 years of experience and less than 4 years of experience the individual will be hired at the General Service tech level
  • Understand and uphold applicable electrical safety standards and good practices, such as, but not limited to: proper use of PPE, arc flash protection/prevention, and lock out-tag out procedures
  • Self-motivated with a strong work ethic and desire to work as part of a team 
  • Ability to keep track of and manage (with assistance from the Lead Electrician) multiple work orders with various priorities which may shift daily
  • Dependable, on-time and proven good work habits
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills
  • Possess and maintain a valid Washington State Driver’s License
  • Licenses must be kept current for the time of employment
  • Physical skills necessary to climb, bend, stoop, lift and perform tasks utilizing ladders and scaffolds, etc.
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Good communications skills
  • Able to work a weekend rotation
  • High School diploma or equivalent


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