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The Job of the Boiler Operator
A boiler operator has the very important position of keeping large buildings such as hospitals or schools running with heat. This is a necessary and professional job that requires a lot of responsibility and care. As with any other job, your safety is the first and foremost concern of all.
Boiler operators need to keep constant watch over machines for any problems that may arise. If there is a problem, they will often go to that part of the site that is experiencing some issue and repair or maintain it. They will follow protocol to see that the boiler is back up and running in the shortest amount of time possible.
When it comes to being safe while they work and to knowing the regulations on how to operate the machines, most boiler operators need formal training. This training can be done online. Today's boiler operators can prepare for their license examinations right from home in their own time. This training will provide the operator with the skills needed to pass the exam along with on the job training.
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ISA, or the International Society of Automation, based in North Carolina offers a course for those who want to learn the basics of the boiler operator's position. These courses will prepare you for the exam, and each class is about an hour long. There are five classes you can take including Introduction to Boilers, Boiler Design, Feedwater, Fuel, and Operations. The series of classes cost $210 for members.
These classes were designed to prepare you for the position or, if you are an apprentice, they will probably go over what you may already know. Upon completion of all five classes, the license examination should be a breeze. These classes should help you in many ways achieve your goal of becoming a licensed boiler operator.
Coastal Skills Training is another place online that offers you the opportunity to take the classes that ISA offers. This training program is one that is available for anyone anywhere on the web for their ease and convenience. This training center is based in Virginia, and they have been in operation since 1984. They take pride in the fact that they have helped to train people all over the world. They may have been one of the pioneers of online training in general.
The job outlook for those who hold the title of boiler operator is one that will see growth and steep competition in the future. Depending on what state you live in, most professionals in this occupation make between $34,000 to somewhere in the upper fifties or more. Those who want to work as a boiler operator should know that job security is not bleak. Our society will need those who operate the stationary boiler equipment for a long time to come.
- ISA Boiler Operation & Control Series: http://www.isa.org/Template.cfm?Section=Online&template=/Ecommerce/ProductDisplay.cfm&ProductID=7353
- Coastal Skills Training Boiler Operation & Control 5-Part Series: http://ecom.training.dupont.com/BOI099-INT-ENG%28CoastalU%29/IS/en-US/ProductsSeries_us/Boiler-training.aspx
- "Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators". United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics. October 20, 2009 <http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos228.htm>.