Licensure

Students taking the Steam Theory and Refrigeration Theory courses are encouraged to take the exams necessary to receive a stationary engineers license with the Georgia State Association of Power Engineers, Inc. Students will also be encouraged to take an EPA approved refrigeration recovery certification exam given by the instructor near the end of the refrigeration course.

from the U.S. Dept. of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

"Most States and cities have licensing requirements for Stationary engineers and boiler operators. Applicants usually must be at least 18 years of age, reside for a specified period in the State or locality, meet experience requirements, and pass a written examination. A stationary engineer or boiler operator who moves from one State or city to another may have to pass an examination for a new license due to regional differences in licensing requirements.


There are several classes of stationary engineer licenses. Each class specifies the type and size of equipment the engineer can operate without supervision. A licensed first-class stationary engineer is qualified to run a large facility, supervise others, and operate equipment of all types and capacities. An applicant for this license may be required to have a high school education, apprenticeship or on-the-job training, and several years of experience. Licenses below first class limit the types or capacities of equipment the engineer may operate without supervision.


Stationary engineers and boiler operators advance by being placed in charge of larger, more powerful, or more varied equipment. Generally, engineers advance to these jobs as they obtain higher class licenses. Some stationary engineers and boiler operators advance to boiler inspectors, chief plant engineers, building and plant superintendents, or building managers...."


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