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Oregon Apprenticeship Guide
Job Description
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.
Working Conditions
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.
Beginning apprentices start at about 50 percent of the journey-level wage. Upon successful completion of required class work and on-the-job hours, wages increase usually every six months, until reaching the journey-level rate.
Length of Apprenticeship
The apprenticeship is a four-year program. Apprentices must complete a minimum of 144 related classroom hours per year and 8,000 on-the-job training hours.
Minimum Qualifications
Apprenticeship applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Local committees may require additional qualifications.
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.
Apprenticeship Committees
MA# 5010 Southern Oregon Boiler Operators JATC
Area 4, 5
MA# 7004 Central Oregon TATC
Area 7
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