Boiler operators run automatically fired boilers to generate steam for buildings or industrial plants. The work includes feeding fuel into furnaces or boilers, observing pressure, temperature and draft meters on panels to verify specified boiler fuel feed, draft openings, water level and steam pressure. The person in this position may also maintain meter logs, read gauges and record data.
Boiler repairers maintain and repair stationary steam boilers and boiler house auxiliaries, using hand tools and portable power tools. They clean or direct other workers to clean boilers and auxiliary equipment, using scrapers, wire brushes and cleaning solvent. In addition, they inspect and repair boiler fittings, such as safety valves, regulators and plates. Boiler repairers may operate lathe and milling machines to repair or make parts and may remove and replace defective firebrick.
Work is often in close and confined spaces and often requires the use of potentially dangerous equipment such as torches and power grinders. The work is physically demanding and dirty.
Apprenticeship applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
These positions are available to current employees of training agents registered with the local apprenticeship committees. Opportunities may be limited in some parts of the state.
Southern Oregon Boiler Operators JATC
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Central Oregon TATC
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