Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators
SOC: 51-8021.00

Description:

Operate or maintain stationary engines, boilers, or other mechanical equipment to provide utilities for buildings or industrial processes. Operate equipment, such as steam engines, generators, motors, turbines, and steam boilers.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
39,100 employed

Projected (2024):
39,700 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Air Compressor Engineer
  • Air Compressor Operator
  • Air Conditioning Engineer
  • Air Plant Engineer
  • Auxiliary Operator
  • Blowing Engineer
  • Boiler Fireman
  • Boiler Operator
  • Boiler Operator Helper
  • Boiler Plant Operator
  • Boiler Room Helper
  • Boiler Room Operator
  • Boiler Technician
  • Breaker Engineer
  • Building Engineer
  • Byproduct Engineer
  • Compressor Operator
  • Cooling System Operator
  • Cooling Tower Operator
  • Diesel Engine Operator
  • Diesel Stationary Engineer
  • Dredge Pump Operator
  • Engineman
  • Exhaust Worker
  • Exhauster Engineer
  • Fan Engine Engineer
  • Fan Runner
  • Fireman
  • Gas Engine Operator
  • Heating and Ventilating Worker
  • Heating Operators Engineer
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Mechanic Boiler Operator
  • High Pressure Boiler Operator
  • Humidifier Attendant
  • Low Pressure Boiler Operator
  • Low Pressure Boiler Tender
  • Low Pressure Firer
  • Marine Firer
  • Operating Engineer
  • Operating Power Plant Combustion Engineer
  • Plant Operator
  • Plant Utilities Engineer
  • Plugman
  • Power House Engineer
  • Power Operator
  • Power Plant Operator
  • Power Station Operator
  • Powerhouse Attendant
  • Powerhouse Operator
  • Powerhouse Tender
  • Pump House Engineer
  • Pump House Operator
  • Pumping Station Engineer
  • Refrigerating Engineer
  • Refrigeration Engineer
  • Retort Firer
  • Stationary Boiler Fireman
  • Stationary Engineer
  • Stationary Engineer Apprentice
  • Stationary Fireman
  • Stationary Steam Engineer
  • Steam Boiler Fireman
  • Steam Engineer
  • Steam Plant Operator
  • Steam Turbine Operator
  • Tank Farm Operator
  • Turbo Electric Operator
  • Turbo Operator
  • Utilities Operator
  • Ventilation Worker
  • Watch Engine Operator
  • Water Pump Operator
  • Water Pumper


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

    Education:

    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Operate or tend stationary engines, boilers, and auxiliary equipment such as pumps, compressors, and air-conditioning equipment, to supply and maintain steam or heat for buildings, marine vessels, or pneumatic tools.
  • Observe and interpret readings on gauges, meters, and charts registering various aspects of boiler operation to ensure that boilers are operating properly.
  • Test boiler water quality or arrange for testing and take necessary corrective action, such as adding chemicals to prevent corrosion and harmful deposits.
  • Activate valves to maintain required amounts of water in boilers, to adjust supplies of combustion air, and to control the flow of fuel into burners.
  • Monitor boiler water, chemical, and fuel levels, and make adjustments to maintain required levels.
  • Fire coal furnaces by hand or with stokers and gas- or oil-fed boilers, using automatic gas feeds or oil pumps.
  • Monitor and inspect equipment, computer terminals, switches, valves, gauges, alarms, safety devices, and meters to detect leaks or malfunctions and to ensure that equipment is operating efficiently and safely.
  • Analyze problems and take appropriate action to ensure continuous and reliable operation of equipment and systems.
  • Maintain daily logs of operation, maintenance, and safety activities, including test results, instrument readings, and details of equipment malfunctions and maintenance work.
  • Adjust controls and/or valves on equipment to provide power, and to regulate and set operations of system or industrial processes.
  • Switch from automatic to manual controls and isolate equipment mechanically and electrically to allow for safe inspection and repair work.
  • Clean and lubricate boilers and auxiliary equipment and make minor adjustments as needed, using hand tools.
  • Check the air quality of ventilation systems and make adjustments to ensure compliance with mandated safety codes.
  • Perform or arrange for repairs, such as complete overhauls, replacement of defective valves, gaskets, or bearings, or fabrication of new parts.
  • Weigh, measure, and record fuel used.
  • Develop operation, safety, and maintenance procedures or assist in their development.
  • Install burners and auxiliary equipment, using hand tools.
  • Contact equipment manufacturers or appropriate specialists when necessary to resolve equipment problems.
  • Test electrical systems to determine voltages, using voltage meters.
  • Provide assistance to plumbers in repairing or replacing water, sewer, or waste lines, and in daily maintenance activities.
  • Supervise the work of assistant stationary engineers, turbine operators, boiler tenders, or air conditioning and refrigeration operators and mechanics.
  • Receive instructions from steam engineers regarding steam plant and air compressor operations.
  • Ignite fuel in burners, using torches or flames.
  • Investigate and report on accidents.
  • Operate mechanical hoppers and provide assistance in their adjustment and repair.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Amp meters
  • Bench lathes
  • Bourdon tubes
  • Claw hammers
  • Colorimeters
  • Combustion analyzers
  • Conductivity meters
  • Descalers
  • Dial calipers
  • Dial indicators
  • Digital multimeters
  • Drill presses
  • Dropping pipettes
  • Electric drain augers
  • Electronic remote reading thermometers
  • Electronic temperature sensors
  • Equipment cleaning scrapers
  • Filter masks
  • Forklifts
  • Gas brazing equipment
  • Graduated glass cylinders
  • Grapple cranes
  • Grease guns
  • Hand pipe threaders
  • Hydraulic boom trucks
  • Hydraulic press frames
  • Hydrometers
  • Industrial platform scales
  • Infrared guns
  • Ladders
  • Layout squares
  • Locking pliers
  • Manifold test gauges
  • Metal cutting dies
  • Metal cutting taps
  • Micrometers
  • Ohmmeters
  • Oil guns
  • Opacity meters
  • Oxyacetylene welding equipment
  • Personal computers
  • pH indicators
  • Phillips head screwdrivers
  • Pipe cutters
  • Pipe wrenches
  • Pneumatic pumps
  • Power drills
  • Power meters
  • Power saws
  • Precision levels
  • Pressure gauges
  • Pressure transmitters
  • Programmable logic controllers PLC
  • Protective ear plugs
  • Ratchets
  • Rotary hammers
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety gloves
  • Sandblasters
  • Scaffolding
  • Self-contained breathing apparatus
  • Shielded arc welding tools
  • Sling psychrometers
  • Socket wrench sets
  • Steam cleaning equipment
  • Straight screwdrivers
  • Tapping machines
  • Thermocouples
  • Turbidimeters
  • Two way radios
  • Voltmeters
  • Water column gauges
  • Building management system software
  • Computerized maintenance management system CMMS software
  • Data entry software
  • Database software
  • Email software
  • Graphics software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Word
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Statistical software
  • Web browser software
  • Word processing software


  • production


    industry stats

    SOC: 51-0000

    Total Employed: 9,073,290

    Average Annual Salary: $36,220