Apprentice Engineer

Job ID
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 Apprentice Engineer is responsible for performing independently or under supervision, tasks of a skilled nature, necessary for the operation, maintenance, repair, and remodeling of Center buildings, grounds and equipment.  Must have an aptitude for mechanical, plumbing and Refrigeration skills and be able to obtain a class 3 boiler licenses.  Additionally, should have working knowledge in at least two of the following areas:  architectural, electrical, welding, HVAC, building automation, steam and hot water systems.


Individual will be rotated through all departmental disciplines and perform work orders as assigned and be expected to complete them under supervision or independently depending on complexity of the work and completing all the required paperwork.  


Employee assists a skilled OE/Supervisor in all phases of work associated with a particular trade and on occasion will be assigned relatively simple task to work independently, individual should be able to complete the entire task which is assigned but should feel free to ask for additional instruction, guidance and oversight as needed. As the individual progresses through the apprentice program these independent task will become more frequent and of a more complex nature commensurate with the level of skill the individual is displaying. Enrolled in a four-year supervised training program, with the employee progressing in 6 month increments if performance is satisfactory and license requirements, if any, are met.

  • Operates hand tools, power tools, and equipment relevant to selected trade.

  • Performs manual labor associated with the trade.

  • Runs errands, carries and delivers materials, tools and equipment.

  • Cleans tools and equipment.

  • Does skilled trades work commensurate with years of experience as apprentice.

Apprentice will work the day shift Monday through Friday 6:30 AM to 3:00 PM and may be required to swing and or grave shift in accordance with the policies of the Department.


Employee will be required to enroll and complete the 4 year training program offered by Local 392, District 286.  This will require a min of 8 hours of class time per week, which will be uncompensated by Fred Hutch, except to the extent outlined in the union contract

Type of work to be performed: include the following under supervision. Other duties may be assigned.


  • Performing General Physical Activities - Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
  • Listens 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.
  • Repairs and maintains plumbing by replacing washers in leaky faucets, mending burst pipes, and opening clogged drains.
  • Dismantles defective machines and equipment and installs new or repaired parts.
  • Cleans and lubricates shafts, bearings, gears, and other parts of machinery.
  • Lays out, assembles, installs, and maintains pipe systems and related hydraulic and pneumatic equipment, and repairs and replaces gauges, valves, pressure regulators, and related equipment.
  • Repairs and maintains physical structure of establishment.
  • Opens valves on equipment such as compressors, pumps, and condensers to prepare system for operation and starts equipment and auxiliary machinery.
  • Observes temperature, pressure and ampere readings for system and equipment and adjusts controls or overrides automatic controls to obtain specified operation of equipment.
  • Makes periodic inspection of equipment and system to observe operating condition and need for repair or adjustment.
  • Adjusts controls to isolate and clear broken lines for repair or shuts down equipment.
  • Repacks pumps and compressors, cleans condensers, and replaces worn or defective parts.
  • Replaces damaged ceiling tile, floor tile, and wall coverings.
  • Visually inspects and tests machinery and equipment.


  • High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Possess and maintain a valid Washington State Driver’s License.
  • Have a sound knowledge and understanding of using and handling equipment and tools.
  • 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.

In addition to job duties at Fred Hutch, this position also requires access to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, which requires COVID-19 vaccination without exceptions.
Accordingly, as a condition of employment for this Fred Hutch position, newly hired employees must provide proof of vaccination before their first day of employment. 


A statement describing your commitment and contributions toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in your career or that will be made through your work at Fred Hutch is requested of all finalists.

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 Employee Services Center at or by calling 206-667-4700.


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