Reciprocating Engine/ Compressor Mechanic Level A


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Universal Plant Services

Headquartered in the Houston metropolitan area, Universal Plant Services has 14 full-service facilities spanning the U.S. Gulf Coast, West, and Midwest, making it one of the largest specialty service companies in North America. With our demonstrated commitment and capability to address client needs and requirements wherever their operations occur, UPS offers a world of equipment service capabilities.

For 30 years, Universal Plant Services (UPS) has been a comprehensive service provider for the energy industry, providing project management, installation, maintenance and repair services for rotating and fixed equipment for daily maintenance requirements, turnarounds, and capital projects.


Universal Plant Services is a Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status, protected veteran status, genetic information, or physical or mental disability.

Job Summary:

Responsible for maintenance and service of engines & compression equipment as described in the scope of work reporting to the field service supervisor or project manager. With minimal supervision and significant autonomy, the typical areas of responsibility include safely performing planned & unplanned maintenance, maintaining, and building customer relationships, and providing first-line support for equipment troubleshooting. Applies advanced skills to the position. Adapts procedures, processes, tools, equipment, and techniques to accomplish the requirements of the position. Relies on experience and judgement to plan and accomplish assigned tasks and goals. May orient, train, assign, and check the work of lower-level employees.

Job Description:

  • Perform inspection, repair and/or replacement of equipment and components with minimum supervision as required for the completion of service contracts.
  • Identify and diagnose maintenance problems, determine, and perform corrective action including disassembly, repair, overhaul, re-assembly, check-out, clean-up, and provide feedback for inventory records and engineering changes.
  • Identify and requisition materials, parts, supplies and equipment as necessary to perform the contract.
  • Assist supervisor with directing service technicians that are assigned to the project.
  • Provide guidance to crew in handling problems and in resolving escalated complaints or disputes.
  • Accurately gather and prepare data/measurements for reports critical to unit operations.
  • Accurately identify and assist supervisor with solving the problem.
  • Assists in planning, estimating, and scheduling when requested.
  • Train and instruct employees in job duties and company policies.
  • Adhere to procedures and documentation as required to adequately record the work and critical engine parameters as determined during project completion.
  • Troubleshooting and general mechanical – diagnose source of trouble where one or more systems are involved to correct improper performance of equipment; select and use proper maintenance procedures; adjust, align, balance, repair, overhaul, rebuild, test, inspect all equipment.
  • Capable of working on engines, HRUs, heat exchangers, pumps, fan compressors, blowers, controls, fuel oil and natural gas systems.
  • Machine shop practice – rebuilding heads, test injectors, work on pump shafts, impellers, bushings, sleeves, wear rings, slats, discs, guides, valves, pump bodies and other equipment requiring similar skill; make shrink fits, seat valves; perform metal spray overlays; cut keyways; fit and scrape bearings; perform other similar duties.
  • Travel is required up to 95% of the time worked.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Technical or trade school certification or additional work experience in the Petro-chemical industry.
  • 3 – 5 or more years of experience in the field mechanic position.
  • Understanding of diesel engine mechanical and auxiliary systems to ensure the ability to perform the description of duties noted above.
  • Prefer at least 4 years of experience in gas compression with preference to Ingersoll-Rand, Dresser-Rand, Cooper, Ajax, GE, Ariel, CAT and/or Cummins certifications and or experience.
  • Solid professional communication/interface skills with customer field personnel, onsite vendors, and other employees.
  • Ability to use and knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to be self-managed and work independently with little or no supervision.
  • High degree of mechanical ability and the ability to problem solve.
  • Experience reading and understanding technical manuals.
  • Ability to understand and apply company safety rules, permits, and tag systems.
  • Capable of safely driving a commercial size truck.
  • Must be able to pass a drug screening and background check.
  • Ability to get a TWIC card.
  • Must be able to pass a physical and PFT/FIT test.
  • Hold a valid state motor vehicle operator’s license and have reliable transportation.

Physical Requirements:

·         Ability to lift 50 pounds regularly.

·         Ability to stand for long periods of time.

This is a physically demanding position and may accommodate some physical disabilities. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs/vertical ladders; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


Known Hazards:

Environmental Conditions:

This position works in the shop or on the jobsite. There is exposure to hostile environments, high noise levels more than 85dBA, hazardous chemicals/fumes and airborne particles, smoke, extreme temperatures and moving mechanical parts.

During worksite visits you will be required to wear appropriate PPE including, but not limited to:

Hard hat

Ear plugs or attenuator

Safety shoes

Dust mask or respirator


Job Type: Full-time

Tagged as: Compressor, Engine, Level A, Mechanic, Reciprocating

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