55 Music Concourse Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco CA
Regular Hours:


9:30 am – 5:00 pm


11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Members' Hours:


8:30 – 9:30 am


10:00 – 11:00 am

The Academy will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Planetarium will be closed Sep. 22, 23, 24

Jorge Garcia

Jorge is a Stationary Engineer for the Steinhart Aquarium.


Briefly describe your job and your area of expertise. I enjoy troubleshooting. My duties are to monitor plant operations and water distribution to the aquarium, ensuring proper operation for the next shift with proper pass down of events taken place.

What got you interested in becoming an Engineer?  Growing up in the inner city fascinated by the Aquarium and the fact it was operated by City Engineers in a new State of the Art facility.  I have been fortunate to be able to go scuba diving around the world.

What do you like most and least about your job? A good feeling working in Golden Gate Park  , inside look at exhibits  

What training did you receive?

  • Skyline College G.E. and 4 years automotive technology, 1 year telecommunication.
  • Heald College computer science/electricity.
  • Local union 39 Training center for Stationary Engineers, 4 years building systems direct digital controls, low pressure boilers, machinery, HVAC electricity, 

What licenses do you have? Scientific Scuba Diver Training American Academy of underwater sciences
Fire Safety Director , CPR first Aid, Confine Space,  EPA CFC universal, Advanced Open water Diver, Stress and Rescue Diver.

What influenced your job choice and when? Thing’s came together around the same time finishing up school and the new Steinhart facility was being built.  I tried for over a year applying and following up by emails until I got hired. Passing the city’s engineers test was a great accomplishment for me.

Do you have pets at home? What and how many? I found him living in my back yard: a huge fury black cat. I’ve been feeding him for a while.

Advice for someone wanting to go into your field. A positive outlook to learn and a sense of Adventure with drive.

More about Engineers


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.