Profession boiler operator

Boiler operators maintain and operate various types of boilers, turbines and auxiliary equipment to provide power and other utility services for commercial, industrial and institutional buildings.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative

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Knowledge

  • Heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration parts

    The different parts constituing heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems such as the different valves, fans, compressors, condensers, filters and other components.

  • Water pressure

    Physical laws, qualities and applications of liquid or water pressure.

Skills

  • Read heat meter

    Interpret the measuring equipment which records the consumption of thermal energy by measuring heat transfer fluid and temperature changes, and record the results correctly.

  • Stand high temperatures

    Stand high temperatures while keeping concentration and efficiency under demanding circumstances.

  • Perform risk analysis

    Identify and assess factors that may jeopardise the success of a project or threaten the organisation's functioning. Implement procedures to avoid or minimise their impact.

  • Regulate steam pressure

    Regulate steam pressure and temperatures according to specifications.

  • Operate boiler

    Operate sealed vessels which contain fluids which are heated or vaporised, not always up to boiling, for heating or power generation, such as in utilities. Ensure safe procedures by monitoring the blower auxiliary equipment closely during operations, and identifying faults and risks.

  • Read water meter

    Interpret the measuring instruments which measure the consumption and reception of water in facilities or residences, and note down the results in a correct manner.

  • Monitor valves

    Monitor and accordingly adjust the valves in order to allow a specific amount of liquids (such as ammonia sulfuric acid or viscous soap) or steam into the mixer or machine.

  • Operate water-heating equipment

    Operate water-heating equipment, such as electrical equipment, heat exchangers, heat pumps and solar heaters.

  • Control steam flows

    Admit steam through lines or fuel to furnace to heat drier.

Optional knowledge and skills

maintain oil field machinery use power tools communication present reports install heating boiler types of wood ensure equipment maintenance operate pumps natural gas ensure sanitation