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Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators

Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators
Quick Facts : Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators*
2010 Median Pay$52,140
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201237,600
Job Outlook6% (Slower than average)
Employment Change2,300


Stationary engineers and boiler operators control stationary engines, boilers, or other mechanical equipment to provide utilities for buildings or for industrial purposes. They monitor meters, gauges, and computerized controls to ensure that equipment operates safely and within established limits using sophisticated electrical and electronic test equipment when servicing, troubleshooting, repairing, and monitoring heating, cooling, and ventilation systems.

What Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators Do

  • Operate engines, boilers, and auxiliary equipment
  • Read gauges, meters, and charts to track boiler operations
  • Monitor boiler water, chemical, and fuel levels
  • Activate valves to change the amount of water, air, and fuel in boilers
  • Record data and keep logs of operation, maintenance, and safety activity

Work Environment

The majority of stationary engineers and boiler operators work in manufacturing, government, educational services, and hospitals. Workers have a very high rate of occupational injuries and illnesses because they work around hazardous machinery. Those who work in facilities that operate around the clock often work evenings and weekends. Shiftwork also is common.
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Job Outlook

Employment of stationary engineers and boiler operators is projected to grow 6 percent from 2010 to 2020, and will be driven by continuing commercial and industrial development.
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Pay

In May 2010 the average salary of stationary engineers and boiler operators was $52,140.
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Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators

52140

Installation & Production Occupations

39887.3333

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators*
Percent Change in Employment

Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators

6.11702

Installation & Production Occupations

10.336959024270376

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators

Stationary engineers and boiler operators learn their work through long-term on-the-job training. Many complete apprenticeship programs sponsored by the International Union of Operating Engineers. Apprenticeships usually last 4 years, include 8,000 hours of on-the-job training, and require 600 hours of technical instruction.
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