Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators
On the Job
Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators run or maintain equipment that provides utilities to buildings. They may operate stationary engines, boilers, or other mechanical equipment. They operate equipment like steam engines, generators, motors, and turbines.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Inspect production equipment.
- Test chemical or physical characteristics of materials or products.
- Test electrical equipment or systems to ensure proper functioning.
- Monitor equipment fluid levels.
- Monitor equipment operation to ensure proper functioning.
- Watch operating equipment to detect malfunctions.
- Record operational or production data.
- Confer with others to resolve production problems or equipment malfunctions.
- Exchange information with colleagues.
- Lubricate production equipment.
Typical Working Conditions
- Exposure to contaminants (like gases or odors).
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Exposure to hazardous conditions.
- Frequent contact with others.
- Working with a group or team.
- Working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- Responsibility for others' health and safety.
- The freedom to determine tasks, priorities, and goals.
- Using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
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