In the Air Force:
Electrical Power Production; Electrical Power Production Apprentice; Electrical Power Production Helper; Fuels; Fuels Apprentice; Fuels Helper; Fuels Superintendent; Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration; Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Craftsman; Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Journeyman; Missile Facility Manager
In the Army:
Construction Engineering Technician; Engineer Equipment Maintenance Warrant Officer; Marine Engineering Officer; Prime Power Production Specialist; Quartermaster and Chemical Equipment Repairer; Tactical Power Generation Specialist; Unit Supply Specialist
Most large buildings have extensive heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems that keep interiors comfortable. Industrial plants also have facilities for electrical power or steam to operate equipment. Stationary engineers and boiler operators control the stationary engines, boilers, and other mechanical equipment that provides utilities both for buildings and for industry. Workers typically monitor water levels, read gauges and meters, and ensure furnaces and boilers have fuel. They also monitor safety devices and keep maintenance logs. Engineers and operators are often exposed to heat, dirt, grease, and smoke. They spend much of their time on their feet, and may spend hours kneeling or crouching to crawl inside boilers and clean or repair equipment. With a high level of injury risk, engineers and boiler operators must follow procedures to guard against burns, electric shock, noise, and exposure to hazardous materials. Most stationary engineers and boiler operators work regular full time business hours. However, in 24/7 facilities such as hospitals, engineers and operators may work 8-hour shifts or 12-hour shifts on a rotating basis, and work weekends and holidays. Stationary engineers and boiler operators typically need a high school diploma or equivalent and are trained either on the job or through an apprenticeship program. Many employers require licensure or passing a company-specific exam before an operator is allowed to work unsupervised.
What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
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.
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.
Engineering and Technology
Arts and Humanities
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
manufacture and distribution of products
Education and Training
teaching and course design
thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
communicate by speaking
listen and understand what people say
Hand and Finger Use
hold or move items with your hands
keep your arm or hand steady
Ideas and Logic
notice when problems happen
order or arrange things
People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
Attention to Detail
You might use software like this on the job:
Electronic mail software
Facilities management software
Building management system software
Computerized maintenance management system CMMS
Data base user interface and query software
Data entry software
high school diploma/GED or certificate after high school usually needed