CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Maintenance
Benchmark Title: Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators
Summary Job Description Tasks
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. Operate or tend stationary engines, boilers, and auxiliary equipment such as pumps, compressors, and air-conditioning equipment, to supply and maintain steam or heat for buildings, marine vessels, or pneumatic tools.
Observe and interpret readings on gauges, meters, and charts registering various aspects of boiler operation to ensure that boilers are operating properly.
Test boiler water quality or arrange for testing and take necessary corrective action, such as adding chemicals to prevent corrosion and harmful deposits.
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.
Fire coal furnaces by hand or with stokers and gas- or oil-fed boilers, using automatic gas feeds or oil pumps.
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.
Analyze problems and take appropriate action to ensure continuous and reliable operation of equipment and systems.
Maintain daily logs of operation, maintenance, and safety activities, including test results, instrument readings, and details of equipment malfunctions and maintenance work.
Adjust controls and/or valves on equipment to provide power, and to regulate and set operations of system or industrial processes.
Switch from automatic to manual controls and isolate equipment mechanically and electrically to allow for safe inspection and repair work.
Clean and lubricate boilers and auxiliary equipment and make minor adjustments as needed, using hand tools.
Check the air quality of ventilation systems and make adjustments to ensure compliance with mandated safety codes.
Perform or arrange for repairs, such as complete overhauls, replacement of defective valves, gaskets, or bearings, or fabrication of new parts.
Weigh, measure, and record fuel used.
Develop operation, safety, and maintenance procedures or assist in their development.
Install burners and auxiliary equipment, using hand tools.
Contact equipment manufacturers or appropriate specialists when necessary to resolve equipment problems.
Test electrical systems to determine voltages, using voltage meters.
Provide assistance to plumbers in repairing or replacing water, sewer, or waste lines, and in daily maintenance activities.
Supervise the work of assistant stationary engineers, turbine operators, boiler tenders, or air conditioning and refrigeration operators and mechanics.
Receive instructions from steam engineers regarding steam plant and air compressor operations.
Ignite fuel in burners, using torches or flames.
Investigate and report on accidents.
Operate mechanical hoppers and provide assistance in their adjustment and repair.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Maintenance
Benchmark Title: Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Building and Construction Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Maintenance
Benchmark Title: Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Equipment Selection Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Maintenance
Benchmark Title: Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
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.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Maintenance
Benchmark Title: Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Building management system software Facilities management software
Computerized maintenance management system CMMS software Facilities management software
Data entry software Data base user interface and query software
Database software Data base user interface and query software
Email software Electronic mail software
Graphics software Graphics or photo imaging software
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Word Word processing software
Spreadsheet software Spreadsheet software
Statistical software Analytical or scientific software
Web browser software Internet browser software
Word processing software Word processing software
Adjustable wrenches Adjustable wrenches
Amp meters Voltage or current meters
Bench lathes Lathes
Bourdon tubes Pressure sensors
Claw hammers Hammers
Colorimeters Colorimeters
Combustion analyzers Multi gas monitors
Conductivity meters Conductivity meters
Descalers Pneumatic sanding machines
Dial calipers Calipers
Dial indicators Gauges or inspection fixtures
Dies Taps or dies
Digital multimeters Multimeters
Drill presses Workshop presses
Dropping pipettes Dropping pipettes
Electric drain augers Drain or pipe cleaning equipment
Electric welding equipment Welders
Electronic remote reading thermometers Remote reading thermometers
Electronic temperature sensors Temperature transmitters
Equipment cleaning scrapers Cleaning scrapers
Filter masks Masks or accessories
Forklifts Forklifts
Gas brazing equipment Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus
Graduated glass cylinders Laboratory graduated cylinders
Grapple cranes Grapples
Grease guns Grease guns
Hand pipe threaders Threading taps
Hydraulic boom trucks Hydraulic truck cranes
Hydraulic press frames Hydraulic press frames
Hydrometers Hydrometers
Industrial platform scales Floor or platform scales
Infrared guns Heat tracing equipment
Ladders Ladders
Layout squares Squares
Locking pliers Locking pliers
Manifold test gauges Pressure indicators
Micrometers Micrometers
Ohmmeters Ohmmeters
Oil guns Oil gun
Opacity meters Opacity or dust or visibility sensors
Oxyacetylene welding equipment Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus
Personal computers Personal computers
Phillips head screwdrivers Screwdrivers
Pipe cutters Pipe or tube cutters
Pipe wrenches Pipe wrenches
Pneumatic pumps Air pumps
Power drills Power drills
Power meters Power meters
Power saws Power saws
Precision levels Levels
Pressure gauges Pressure indicators
Pressure transmitters Pressure transmitters
Programmable logic controllers PLC Microcontrollers
Protective ear plugs Ear plugs
Ratchets Ratchets
Rotary hammers Hammer drills
Safety glasses Safety glasses
Safety gloves Protective gloves
Sandblasters Pneumatic sanding machines
Scaffolding Scaffolding
Self-contained breathing apparatus Respiration air supplying self contained breathing apparatus or accessories
Sling psychrometers Psychrometers
Socket wrench sets Socket sets
Steam cleaning equipment Pressure or steam cleaners
Straight screwdrivers Screwdrivers
Tapping machines Tap machines or tapping machines
Taps Taps or dies
Thermocouples Thermocouples
Turbidimeters Turbidimeters
Two way radios Two way radios
Voltmeters Voltage or current meters
Water column gauges Pressure or vacuum recorders
pH indicators pH meters
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Maintenance
Benchmark Title: Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
On-the-Job Training Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Maintenance
Benchmark Title: Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators
Alternate Job Title(s)
Air Compressor Engineer
Air Compressor Operator
Air Conditioning Engineer
Air Plant Engineer
Blowing Engineer
Boiler Engineer
Boiler Fireman
Boiler Operator
Boiler Operator Helper
Boiler Plant Operator
Boiler Room Helper
Boiler Room Operator
Boiler Technician
Boiler Tender
Breaker Engineer
Building Engineer
Byproduct Engineer
Compressor Operator
Cooling System Operator
Cooling Tower Operator
Diesel Engine Operator
Diesel Stationary Engineer
Dredge Pump Operator
Exhaust Worker
Exhauster Engineer
Facilities Maintenance Cordinator
Fan Engine Engineer
Fan Runner
Gas Engine Operator
Heating Operators Engineer
Heating and Ventilating Worker
Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Mechanic Boiler Operator
High Pressure Boiler Operator
Humidifier Attendant
Low Pressure Boiler Operator
Low Pressure Boiler Tender
Low Pressure Firer
Maintenance Coordinator
Maintenance Engineer
Marine Firer
Operating Engineer
Operating Power Plant Combustion Engineer
Pipe Fitter
Plant Operator
Plant Utilities Engineer
Power House Engineer
Power House Operator
Power Operator
Power Plant Operator
Power Station Operator
Powerhouse Attendent
Powerhouse Operator
Powerhouse Tender
Pump House Engineer
Pump House Operator
Pumping Station Engineer
Refrigerating Engineer
Refrigeration Engineer
Retort Firer
Stationary Boiler Fireman
Stationary Engineer
Stationary Engineer Apprentice
Stationary Fireman
Stationary Steam Engineer
Steam Boiler Fireman
Steam Engineer
Steam Plant Operator
Steam Turbine Operator
Tank Farm Operator
Turbine Operator
Turbo Electric Operator
Turbo Operator
Utilities Operator
Utility Operator
Ventilation Worker
Watch Engine Operator
Watch Engineer
Water Pump Operator
Water Pumper
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Maintenance
Benchmark Title: Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators
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