Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators

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What do 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.

Also known as:

Auxiliary Operator, Boiler Operator, Boiler Technician, Building Engineer, Fireman, Operating Engineer, Plant Operator, Plant Utilities Engineer, Stationary Engineer, Stationary Steam Engineer, Utilities Operator

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators is projected to show little or no change from 2018 to 2028.

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Projected Employment

No Data Available

Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • -0.9%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #47 in job growth rate
  • 120

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #9 in net job growth

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.5%)
  • Master's degree (1.8%)
  • Bachelor's degree (10.8%)
  • Associate's degree (11.7%)
  • Some college, no degree (28.6%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (38.7%)
  • Less than high school diploma (7.8%)

Percent of workers in this field

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Watch operating equipment to detect malfunctions.
  • Inspect production equipment.
  • Adjust equipment controls to regulate gas flow.
  • Adjust equipment controls to regulate flow of water, cleaning solutions, or other liquids.
  • Monitor equipment fluid levels.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure proper functioning.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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