Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators

General Information

Description

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.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit73.81%
  2. State and local government12.52%
  3. Private, not for profit7.28%
  4. Federal government4.06%
  5. Self-employed1.91%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of stationary engineers and boiler operators is projected to grow 6 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 4,000 openings for stationary engineers and boiler operators are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$64,680

State-by-state Salary

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$93,040
$39,660
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 63%
  • Some college 15%
  • Post-secondary certificate 15%
  • Less than high school 5%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Knowledge

  • Mechanical
  • Education and Training
  • Production and Processing
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mathematics

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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