Stationary Engineer

Another common name for a stationary engineer is a “power engineer.” A stationary engineer works on large systems such as boilers HVACs and other types of stationary machinery that exist within large structures such as office buildings manufacturing plants hospitals or large multi-family apartment complexes. The main difference between a stationary engineer and an engineer who works on similar equipment within large vehicles or vessels is that stationary engineers specialize in maintaining repairing and updating stationary systems that are not designed to move from one location to another. According to the website www.iuoe.org the work of a stationary engineer can be complex simply due to the vast number and types of systems upon which they work. Stationary engineers typically use computers to program the systems upon which they work. However it is essential that they are also well trained in how to operate stationary systems manually in the event of a mechanical failure an emergency or a computer malfunction. Therefore they must have a high level of skill when it comes to understanding mechanics and electrical systems. Safety is a top concern of stationary engineers and they must ensure that all safety codes rules and regulations are followed at all times in order to minimize the risk of injury to not only themselves but also to the individuals who either live or work within the building. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the minimum educational requirement for a stationary engineer is a high school diploma or a GED but training at a vocational or technical school is helpful as is the completion of an apprenticeship program. Additionally many states require that stationary engineers obtain a license which usually requires the passing of an exam. Typically the median annual salary for a stationary engineer ranges from $30630 to $74500 per year.

Education Required: High School Diploma & Apprenticeship
Avg Salary: $52565
High Salary: $74500
Low Salary: $30630
Tasks: Maintains mechanical systems.
Conducts routine maintenance.
Starts up and shuts down boiler equipment.
Ensures that systems are running safely.
Also Called: Boiler Operator
Operating Engineer
Power Engineer
Mechanical Engineer
Additional Resources: http://www.iuoe.org/GreatJobs/StationaryEngineer/tabid/126/Default.aspx
http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos228.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stationary_engineer