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Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators

Operate stationary engines, boilers, or other equipment to provide utilities to buildings.

Quick Facts

Wages:

Above the statewide median
$32.25 / hour    Read more about wages

Outlook:

Average
Growth rate:  5.8%    Read more about outlook

Education:

High School or less is typically required.

On the Job:

Typical Work Tasks
  • 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.
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Job Title Examples:

Operating Engineer
Plant Utilities Engineer
Boiler Operator

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Wages & Outlook

 

Typical Wages

Wages listed below are for a variety of experience and education levels. Make sure that you research the typical entry-level education and work experience and training requirements for this occupation.

This career: $32.25
Statewide median: $24.25

 

This career pays above the statewide median wage.


Wages for Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators *

Area Low Median High
U S
$26.38 $33.63 $43.60
Minnesota
$29.84 $32.25 $36.39
Central Minnesota
$29.75 $30.73 $33.63
Northeast Minnesota
$26.98 $29.79 $34.37
Northwest Minnesota
$28.44 $30.91 $32.67
Southeast Minnesota
$30.58 $32.23 $34.82
Southwest Minnesota
$30.10 $34.93 $36.90
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN
$30.23 $32.66 $38.74

* "Low" indicates 25% of workers earn less and 75% earn more.
"Median" indicates 50% of workers earn less and 50% earn more.
"High" indicates 75% of workers earn less and 25% earn more.

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Employment

In Minnesota, there are 1,480 workers employed in this small career.

Where do Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators most often work?

 

Current Demand

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This career is currently in moderate demand.

 

Future Demand

This career is high growth compared to other careers.

There will be a need for about 1,908 new Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators to meet market demand between 2020-2030. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.

 

Employment Outlook for Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators
Area Employment Employment Change
2020 2030 Number Percent
U S 30,700 32,500 1,800 5.8%
Minnesota 1,508 1,575 67 4.4%
Southwest Minnesota 187 196 9 4.8%
Central Minnesota 163 169 6 3.7%
Northeast Minnesota 92 93 1 1.1%
Northwest Minnesota 164 172 8 4.9%
Southeast Minnesota 201 209 8 4%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 693 722 29 4.2%



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:


Typical Working Conditions

 

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Education & Credentials

 

Educational Requirements

High School or less

 

Education level attained (national data)

Education Level Attained (national data)
Education Level AttainedPercentage of workers in this occupation
Less than high school diploma7.8
High school diploma or equivalent38.7
Some college, no degree28.6
Associate degree11.7
Bachelors degree10.8
Masters degree1.8
Doctoral (Ph.D) or professional degree0.5

 

Work Experience and Training Requirements

Nationally, this career typically requires:

  • No related work experience for entry.
  • Long-term on-the-job training to become competent.

 

Majors

Click on any of the Majors listed below to find out more about preparing for this career.

 

Transfer Options

 

Apprenticeship

A registered apprenticeship is a structured way of learning a skilled occupation, craft, or trade. It combines on-the-job training and classroom instruction.

View the recent 3 apprenticeship(s) for this occupation.


 

Licenses

Licenses are knowledge and skill credentials that are legally required in some careers.

This occupation requires a license.

Boiler Engineer: Ten Classes

 

Helpful High School Courses

Examples of helpful classes that help you prepare for this career:

  • Accounting
  • Algebra I and II
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Business Computer Applications
  • CAD Design
  • Drafting
  • Electronics
  • Geometry
  • Physics
  • Technical Writing
  • Trigonometry
  • Woodworking

In Minnesota, your school may have developed a Program of Study in this career area. A Program of Study is an academic and career plan developed by your high school to help move you towards a career and college path. A Program of Study can help you:

  • Select high school classes that prepare you for college and getting a job
  • Understand how the classes you're taking in high school lead to a career
  • Identify extra-curricular activities that are related to your career interest
  • See what classes at your school offer early college credit that will save you time and money towards your college expenses
  • Graduate from high school prepared for your next step toward the career you choose

 

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Skills & Knowledge

 

Most Important Skills for Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators


 

Most Important Knowledge Areas for Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators



Interests


Different careers may be a good fit for your personality or interests. This career is:

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Describe Your Skills


People who have worked in this career typically perform the following tasks. These statements can help a prospective employer understand what you can do, on a resume or during an interview.

  • Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to find or fix problems.
  • Monitoring information from a variety of sources to find problems.
  • Making decisions or solving problems.
  • Documenting or recording information.
  • Identifying information by categorizing, comparing, or detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Communicating with supervisors, co-workers, or people that work under you.
  • Repairing and maintaining mechanical equipment.
  • Controlling machines and processes.

 

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The following careers use skills, knowledge, and abilities that are similar to those used for Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators.

 

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Job Title Examples


Operating Engineer,  Plant Utilities Engineer,  Boiler Operator,  Boiler Engineer,  Boiler Tender,  Fireman,  Plant Operator,  Stationary Steam Engineer,  Utility Operator 

 

Where Do Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators Work?


Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators often work in the following industries.

 

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