Miles is a Stationary Engineer for the Steinhart Aquarium.
Briefly describe your job and your area of expertise. My Job here at the Aquarium is to operate, maintain, and repair any and all equipment to keep all the live animals and their exhibits in which they live, indigenous to their natural habitats. My area of expertise is in refrigeration, which can keep me very busy here with all the different
What got you interested in becoming an Engineer?
What do you like most and least about your job? What I like most about working here is there is something new and different every day. Finding a problem and fixing it gives me immediate gratification, knowing that if I didn’t do my job correctly, it could have put a living animal in danger of losing its life.
What training did you receive?
What influenced your job choice and when? I chose this career path as a result of my childhood, I always liked to take things apart and see how it worked, and then put it back together. I guess I just like to work with my hands and see the result of something I did.
Do you have pets at home? What and how many? I have 2 dogs at home, Holly and Luma. Holly is a Terrier mix and Luma is a Miniature Pinscher.
Advice for someone wanting to go into your field. As for advice for someone wanting to get into this field, I would strongly suggest they learn math, some Chemistry and be a good listener. Often you can find the root of a problem by listening to the person reporting it, or by the sound the equipment is making.
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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.