Stationary engineers operate and maintain stationary engines and mechanical equipment, such as steam engines, air compressors, generators, motors, turbines and steam boilers. They provide utilities such as light, heat or power for buildings and industrial processes. The engineers read meters and gauges or automatic recording devices at specified intervals in order to verify operating conditions and record data, such as temperature of equipment, hours of operation, fuel consumed, temperature or pressure, water levels, analysis of flue gases, voltage load and generator balance. They may be required to hold a limited maintenance electrician (LME) license issued by the state, restricting equipment they operate to specified types and sizes.
The work is indoors and outdoors in all kinds of weather conditions. Workers carry tools and climb scaffolds, working at different elevations and may be in cramped or confined spaces.
Beginning apprentices start at about 60 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 the journey-level rate is achieved.
Length of Apprenticeship
The apprenticeship lasts four years. Apprentices must complete a minimum of 144 related classroom hours per year and 8,000 on-the-job training hours.
Apprenticeship applicants must be at least 18 years of age. In addition, they must provide proof of high school graduation or general education development (GED) equivalent and have completed one year high school algebra with a ´C´ or better or its post high school equivalent.
Local apprenticeship committees may require additional qualifications.
This program is open to employees of training agents registered with the local apprenticeship committee. At the completion of the apprenticeship program, eligible individuals may have to take an applicable electrical licensing exam.