Watch Engineer

Connecticut, United States
Thursday, 21 January 2021
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 21 March 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Focus

The temporary Watch Engineer provides oversight for all utility plant operations in the absence of a supervisor. Operates and inspects a variety of equipment, maintains plant records, starts and secures all major equipment, takes corrective measures when necessary and insures proper plant operations.

This is a temporary transfer for an employee of 30 days or more. In accordance with Article 10.2 (b), all employees have an opportunity to apply.

Essential Duties

The Watch Engineer is in charge of the operation of the power plant in the absence of the Plant Manager.

  1. Operates and inspects high-pressure boilers, gas turbines, diesel generators, steam turbines, chillers, compressors, cooling towers, fuel systems, all related auxiliary systems and control systems consistent with plant operating procedures.
  2. Maintains plant operation computer based records, interprets results, initiates actions and reports to Plant Manager.   
  3. Able to read all gauges and meters, interprets and takes corrective measures when readings deviate from normal.   
  4. Starts and secures all major and auxiliary pieces of equipment, adjusts operating controls of systems to achieve maximum operating efficiency while responding to changes in electric, steam and chilled water demands.  
  5. Able to test all water systems, interpret results, and determine the amount of treatment to be added to the water systems to maintain proper residuals. Ensures the Plant Manager is aware of any abnormal or unexpected chemistry conditions.
  6. Reads, understands, uses and updates technical manuals, shop drawings and blue prints.   
  7. Uses small tools and instruments.   
  8. Administers plant system operational lockouts and tagouts.   
  9. Able to select proper lubricants and lubricate machinery as required.   
  10. Performs minor maintenance and touchup painting, maintains clean work area.   
  11. Performs related duties as required or assigned.   
  12. Observes safety standards and practices.   
  13. Trains new hires/transferees in all proper operations, safety standards and practices.   
  14. Edits and writes plant operational procedures as requested by the Plant Manager.  
  15. May perform other duties as assigned.

Note: When assigned to the maintenance crew, the Day Watch Engineer performs the duties and responsibilities of the Power Plant Mechanic job description.

Required Education and Experience

  1. Must have at least five (5) years experience in power plant operation and a working knowledge in high voltage electrical production.  
  2. Must have at least a high school diploma or equivalent and be able to obtain a City of New Haven engineer’s license.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Ability to read, write and follow written instructions.

Required Licenses or Certifications

  1. Candidates must have a State of CT OE2 , Day Watch Engineer must also hold an S-2 License.  
  2. Must hold Driver’s License valid in the State of Connecticut.
  3. OSHA 10 Certificate.

Physical Requirements

  1. Climb ladders in excess of twenty (20) feet (and may ride and work from mechanical lifts; if applicable). Walks on catwalks.  
  2. Occasional stooping, bending, kneeling and/or squatting.  
  3. Occasional work on knees.
  4. Occasional overhead work. 
  5. Work in all types of weather.  
  6. Work in dusty and dirty areas.  
  7. Work in extreme temperatures (indoors and out) in compliance with OSHA.  
  8. Moves both arms and shoulders in full and extended motion as necessary while working with tools, equipment and materials.  
  9. Moves, assembles, lift sand carries equipment, tools and materials of up to 50 lbs. without assistance. This includes from floor to chest height (the reverse is also true).

Weekend Hours Required?


Evening Hours Required?


Drug Screen


Health Screening


Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Additional Background or Health Screening Requirements

Selected incumbent must have successful completion of a DMV check and a valid driver’s license.

Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

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