Operates or maintains stationary engines, boilers, or other mechanical equipment to provide utilities for buildings or industrial processes. Operates equipment such as steam engines, generators, motors, turbines, and steam boilers.
This career is part of the Architecture and Construction cluster Maintenance/Operations pathway.
A person in this career:
- Monitors and inspects 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.
- Activates valves to maintain required amounts of water in boilers, to adjust supplies of combustion air, and to control the flow of fuel into burners.
- Monitors boiler water, chemical, and fuel levels, and makes adjustments to maintain required levels.
- Observes and interprets readings on gauges, meters, and charts registering various aspects of boiler operation to ensure that boilers are operating properly.
- Tests boiler water quality or arranges for testing and takes necessary corrective action, such as adding chemicals to prevent corrosion and harmful deposits.
- Analyzes problems and takes appropriate action to ensure continuous and reliable operation of equipment and systems.
- Operates or tends stationary engines, boilers, and auxiliary equipment, such as pumps, compressors, or air-conditioning equipment, to supply and maintain steam or heat for buildings, marine vessels, or pneumatic tools.
- Adjusts controls and/or valves on equipment to provide power, and to regulate and set operations of system or industrial processes.
- Switches from automatic to manual controls and isolates equipment mechanically and electrically to allow for safe inspection and repair work.
- Maintains daily logs of operation, maintenance, and safety activities, including test results, instrument readings, and details of equipment malfunctions and maintenance work.