• Operating Engineer I (Refrigeration)

    Job ID
    Regular Full-Time
    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • Overview

    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.


    The Operating Engineer is responsible for performing independently, tasks of a skilled nature, necessary for the operation, maintenance, repair, and remodeling of Center buildings, grounds, and equipment. Must be proficient in mechanical, plumbing and refrigeration skills. Additionally, applicant should have working knowledge in at least two of the following areas: electrical, welding, HVAC, building automation, steam and hot water systems.


    Individual assigned primarily refrigeration and mechanical work orders and expected to complete them independently. These responsibilities include estimating work, both in terms of time and in terms of material, liaison with customers, executing the work, and completing all the required paperwork, including the update of as-built drawings.


    • Installation and repair of refrigerators, scientific freezers, cold and warm room equipment, heat pumps and other refrigeration equipment on campus
    • Installation and repair of plumbing fixtures such as sinks, commodes, showers, water heaters, hot water tanks, garbage disposal units, dishwashers, incubators and ice machines
    • Respond to alarming equipment, diagnose problems and make recommendations for repair
    • Repair and maintain plumbing by replacing washers in leaky faucets, mending burst pipes, and opening clogged drains
    • Listen for unusual sounds from machines or equipment to detect malfunction and discuss machine operation variations with supervisors or other maintenance workers to diagnose problem or repair machine
    • Dismantle defective machines and equipment and install new or repaired parts
    • Clean and lubricate shafts, bearings, gears, and other parts of machinery
    • Layout, assemble, install, and maintain pipe systems and related hydraulic and pneumatic equipment. Repair and replace gauges, valves, pressure regulators, and related equipment
    • Open valves on equipment such as compressors, pumps, and condensers to prepare system for operation and start equipment and auxiliary machinery
    • Observe temperature, pressure and ampere readings for systems and equipment and adjust controls or override automatic controls to obtain specified operation of equipment. Connect hose from supply tank to compressor to replace coolant
    • Make periodic inspection of equipment and system to observe operating condition and need for repair or adjustment. Clean condensers, and replace worn or defective parts
    • Operate cutting torch or welding equipment to cut or join metal parts
    • Have clear understanding of refrigeration theory and be able to read one-line electrical diagrams


    • Six years experience in building and equipment maintenance, construction, or repair work or completion of at least two years of trade school and two years experience
    • Must have current Grade III City of Seattle Boiler Operator License or be able to attain this license within 24 months
    • CFC Universal certification
    • City of Seattle Refrigeration Mechanic license preferred or be able to attain this license within one year
    • Possess and maintain a valid Washington State Driver’s License
    • Physical skills necessary to climb, bend, stoop, lift and perform tasks utilizing ladders and scaffolds, etc.
    • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
    • Dependable, on-time and proven good work habits
    • Good communications skills
    • Able to work a varied schedule including shift work
    • High School diploma or equivalent

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    We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity and VEVRAA Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class. We are an Affirmative Action employer. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply and desire priority referrals of protected veterans. If due to a disability you need assistance/and or a reasonable accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to our Employee Services Center at escmail@fredhutch.org or by calling 206-667-4700.


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