Chris is a Stationary Engineer for the Steinhart Aquarium.
Briefly describe your job and your area of expertise. As a member of the Stationary Engineering Department, I participate in the operation and maintenance of the Academy’s building as well as its exhibits. I also am involved in exhibit system design and fabrication.
What got you interested in becoming an Engineer?
What do you like most and least about your job? My responsibilities are very varied and allow me to work with some great and dedicated coworkers from a number of different disciplines. My day is never boring, it can include things as varied as helping move some of our larger animals to rebuilding a pump.
What training did you receive?
What influenced your job choice and when? The opportunity of working in a state of the art facility the serves both the local community through its programming as well as the world community through its research.
Do you have pets at home? What and how many? We have 2 goldfish and 2 cats.
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What is a Stationary Engineer?
The Steinhart Aquarium Engineers are part of Local 39 which is an International Union of Operating Engineers. The normal duties of a Stationary Engineer are to operate and maintain boilers, HVAC, hot water generators, fire and life safety systems, refrigeration machinery and its associated auxiliary equipment. In addition to these responsibilities, our engineers also maintain life support systems for the aquarium. Since the shift towards buildings like ours relying on digital controls, the engineers work with a Building Management System. Engineers of today need to be more computer literate to work with these complex and integrated systems.