Reciprocating Engine Mechanic


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Website Universal Plant Services

Reciprocating Engine Mechanic

Headquartered in the Houston metropolitan area, Universal Plant Services has 16 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 over 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 in search of Reciprocating Engine Mechanics for our Broussard & Jena, La offices as well as in Harrisburg, Pa.  These positions will be 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. The ideal candidates will adapt procedures, processes, tools, equipment, and techniques to accomplish the requirements of the position. They will also rely on experience and judgement to plan and achieve assigned tasks and goals.

Essential Functions:

  • 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 in related course.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a Field Mechanic position.
  • Solid working knowledge of diesel engine mechanical and auxiliary systems related to this position.
  • 4 years’ experience with mechanical gas compression components. Experience or certifications with Ingersoll-Rand, Dresser-Rand, Cooper, Ajax, GE, Ariel, CAT and/or Cummins is a plus.
  • 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, permit, and tag systems.
  • Capable of safely driving 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.

Tagged as: AJAX, Ariel, Blowers, CAT, Communication Skills, Compressor, Cooper, Cummins, Diesel engines, Dresser-Rand, Engine, Fan Compressors, GE, Heat Exchangers, HRU's, Ingersoll-Rand, maintenance, MS Office, Oil Field Equipment, Problem solving, pumps

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