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Bon Secours Mercy Health Operating Engineer - St Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital in Youngstown, Ohio

At Bon Secours Mercy Health, we are dedicated to continually improving health care quality, safety and cost effectiveness. Our hospitals, care sites and clinicians are recognized for clinical and operational excellence.

Operating Engineer - St Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital


The Operating Engineer maintains and repairs the hospital’s boilers and associated equipment; performs preventive maintenance as assigned; performs unscheduled maintenance as assigned. Primary specialty is boiler operations. Reports to the Facility Manager or Team Coordinator. Duties performed under general supervision following Support Services and Health Center’s policies and procedures. Required ability to work closely with team members on multiple assignments to meet deadlines with minimal supervision. Will be expected to seek solutions to operational barriers and contribute continuous quality improvement. Position interacts via alpha numeric pagers, telephone, written or verbal communications with all employee levels within Support Services department, clients, patients and customers. Must conform to all safety policies and procedures in effect. Works as assigned in emergency or disaster situations.


High school graduate or equivalent, emphasis in industrial arts. Must poses analytical skills in order to make calculations for installation and repair of equipment. Must possess a State of Ohio, High Pressure Boiler Operators License. Must successfully complete the required training program within the defined probationary period. Must have the ability to communicate effectively with co-workers and customers. Ability to read, follow and understand instructions (verbal and written) and use basic math skills as required. In addition, incumbent must be flexible and adapt easily to changes in work schedule, assignments and environment.


Minimum of two years of experience in a commercial or industrial work setting. An above average knowledge of the MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) fields is required. Must be familiar with major systems (MEP) and their repairs. Must be able to read mechanical, electrical, and plumbing prints and schematics. Hospital experience is preferred.


  • Has in depth knowledge of a specialized technical field and a broad working knowledge of the mechanical, electrical and plumbing fields.

  • Analyzes and interprets complicated information

  • Determines a course of action based on general guidelines

  • May modify existing forms, procedures or methods

  • Gathers, organizes, verifies, composes and/or analyzes date in the completion of several defined multi step procedures.

  • Produces final output within established standards.


  • Makes decisions based on detailed procedures; technical aids generally available.

  • Receives guidance through broad policy only and has varied courses of action.

  • Requires risk taking and judgment to adapt to existing philosophy or practices


  • Impacts multiple work areas on a day to day basis

  • Provides information regularly to decision making process’

  • Has little or no responsibility for committing resources (financial or staff in work area(s), but performs, analyzes and makes recommendations.


  • Provides team leadership by assisting and training others

  • Responds to non-routine and detailed inquiries from others who may not be knowledgeable in subject area.

  • Requires understanding others expectations/perspectives to collaborate and reach consensus on solutions

  • Requires listening skills to maintain cooperative associations


It is not intended that this list be considered comprehensive or all inclusive

  1. Upon assigned a task, selects appropriate tools and parts to complete assigned preventive or unscheduled maintenance task. Maintenance actions must be completed IAW applicable coded and regulations, for example, National Fire Protection Association 9NFPA), National Electrical Code (NEC), National Plumbing Code, Federal, State and Local regulations; Health Center’s Policies and Procedures and other governing or regulatory bodies.

  2. Operate boilers and auxiliary equipment, reads gauges and charts, tests and treats boiler water, checks auxiliary equipment, puts boilers in service; takes boilers out of service, lubricates equipment; performs minor maintenance; records daily logs; answers telephone and performs other duties as assigned. Operates systems in emergencies to protect life and property and performs other duties as assigned; is on call for emergencies and disaster situations and maybe assigned to other maintenance duties when required.

  3. Operates boilers and auxiliary equipment. Is responsible for care, cleaning and operation of all boilers and auxiliary equipment maintaining steam and power for hospital buildings. Fires up or shuts down boilers by means of various electrical controls and opening and closing valves as required. Starts or stops feed water pumps as necessary to maintain operating pressure. Maintains a constant water level for safe operation and blows down boilers to remove impurities.

  4. Reads gauges and charts to maintain proper pressure and flow of steam, water, oil, gas and draft. Adjusts functional parts of devices and control instruments. Installs special functional parts as necessary. Lubricates and clean parts.

  5. Tests and treats boiler water. Uses chemical test kit with various written procedures to determine chemical content of water for proper boiler operation. Measures proper portions of required chemicals to be injected into each boiler. Places chemicals into correct chemical tanks and adjust chemical flow to meet required water (steam) quality.

  6. Disassembles equipment to gain access to and isolate defective parts. Repairs or replaces defective items

  7. Check auxiliary equipment, feed water pump pressure, gas burners for proper operation; deaerator tank water level and temperature; condensate receiver pumps and water level; induced draft fans for hot bearings and loose belts; air compressor for pressure levels, operating temperatures and belt slippage; water column for proper and safe operating levels.

  8. Puts boilers in service. Make visual inspection of boiler making sure water is at operating level; checks damper for proper operation; open gas valves; manipulates electric controls to light burner; after warm up, opens feed water valve, stop valve and non-return valve; adjust burner limit to maintain steam demand.

  9. Take boiler out of service. Shuts power off to burners; shut off electric and tags out; shuts off feed water valves, shuts off natural gas, closes main steam stop valve; shuts non-return valve and opens vent.

  10. Cleans and lubricates equipment. Obtains rags and dust brushes from maintenance storeroom. Cleans by wiping, brushing and blowing off with air hose, lubricates by using grease gun, oil or spray lubricant.

  11. Performs minor maintenance, (e.g. – changing light bulbs, adjust packing on valves, replace malfunctioning electronic control components, repair small leaks.

  12. Records daily log recording activities and system readings, (e.g. – feed water temp, house water and flue gas, pressures of feed water, steam and other measures as required by regulation or hospital policies and procedures).

  13. Records telephone calls on log and calls maintenance workers as needed. Informs supervision via telephone.

  14. Performs other duties (e.g., housekeeping, sweep, scrub, hose, etc.) of boiler room and surrounding areas. Makes routine rounds in mechanical equipment rooms, electrical rooms and storeroom making visual inspections for malfunction or unusual noise(s). Watches over hospital alarms and call out the on call personnel if needed.

  15. Maintains appropriate license(s) to operate high-pressure steam systems through the State of Ohio. Can be scheduled for shut down(s) that require extra personnel in boiler room (as needed). Substitutes backup equipment in case of failure to keep hospital functioning safely and comfortably at all times.

  16. Duties are performed by guidelines and operators are licensed through the Department of Commerce Division of Industrial Compliance, the State of Ohio.

  17. Performs other duties as assigned.

Many of our opportunities reward* your hard work with:

Comprehensive, affordable medical, dental and vision plans

Prescription drug coverage

Flexible spending accounts

Life insurance w/AD&D

Employer contributions to retirement savings plan when eligible

Paid time off

Educational Assistance

And much more

*Benefits offerings vary according to employment status

All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, genetic information, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. If you'd like to view a copy of the affirmative action plan or policy statement for Mercy Health – Youngstown, Ohio or Bon Secours – Franklin, Virginia; Petersburg, Virginia; and Emporia, Virginia, which are Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employers, please email recruitment@mercy.com . If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation as part of the employment selection process, please contact The Talent Acquisition Team at recruitment@mercy.com