Operating Engineer I -II, Mechanical & Preventative Maintenance (PM) - Day Shift

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Regular Full-Time
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center


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.


At Fred Hutch, we believe that the innovation, collaboration, and rigor that result from diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission of eliminating cancer and related diseases. We seek employees who bring different and innovative ways of seeing the world and solving problems. Fred Hutch is in pursuit of becoming an antiracist organization.  We are committed to ensuring that all candidates hired share our commitment to diversity, antiracism, and inclusion.   


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. The incumbent must be proficient in mechanical, plumbing and refrigeration skills and possess a class 3 boiler license or be able to obtain one. Additionally, the incumbent should have working knowledge in at least two of the following areas: architectural, electrical, welding, HVAC, building automation, steam and hot water systems.


The engineer will be assigned primarily PM, mechanical and/or architectural work orders and be expected to complete them independently. These responsibilities include estimating work both in terms of time and material, liaison with customers, executing the work, and completing all the required paperwork, such as updating as-built drawings.


  • Changes Filters, belts, bearings and bushings and must know how to align and tension appropriately
  • Must be able to use the control system to safely shut down air handlers and other pieces of operating equipment
  • Install and repair plumbing fixtures such as sinks, commodes, bathtubs, water heaters, hot water tanks, garbage disposal units, dishwashers, and water softeners
  • 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 discusses 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
  • Replace up to 100 hp motors and motor components
  • Repair, replace, clean and lubricate shafts, bearings, gears, and other parts of machinery
  • Layout, assemble, install, and maintain pipe systems and related hydraulic and pneumatic equipment, and repairs and replaces gauges, valves, pressure regulators, and related equipment
  • Repair and maintain physical structure of establishment
  • 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 system 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
  • Adjust controls to isolate and clear broken lines for repair or shuts down equipment
  • Repack pumps and compressors, clean condensers, and replace worn or defective parts
  • Set up and operate machine tools such as lathe, grinder, drill, and milling machine to repair or fabricate machine parts, jigs and fixtures, and tools
  • Operate cutting torch or welding equipment to cut or join metal parts
  • Build, repair, and install counters, cabinets, benches, keyboard trays, partitions, floors, doors, building framework, and trim
  • Install glass in windows, doors, and partitions
  • Replace damaged ceiling tile, floor tile, and wall coverings
  • Build cabinets and other wooden equipment in carpenter shop
  • Install items such as window shades, Venetian blinds, and curtain rods, wall fans, and door locks for tenants. Visually inspect and test machinery and equipment


  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • 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 obtain one
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • 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 and computer skills
  • Able to work a varied schedule including shift work

Our Commitment to Diversity

We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Employer.  We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability (physical or mental), marital or veteran status, genetic information, 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 HR Operations at HRops@fredhutch.org or by calling 206-667-4700.


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