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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  • Water pressure

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

  • 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.


  • Regulate steam pressure

    Regulate steam pressure and temperatures according to specifications.

  • Stand high temperatures

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

  • Operate water-heating equipment

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

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • Control steam flows

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Monitor gauge

    Oversee the data presented by a gauge concerning the measurement of pressure, temperature, thickness of a material, and others.

Optional knowledge and skills

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Common job titles

  • Operator, utility
  • Power plant control room operator
  • Process operator technician
  • Utility systems operator
  • Engineer
  • Operating engineer
  • Boiler operator
  • Power plant operator 2
  • Boiler operator / mechanic / stationary engineer
  • Boiler plant operator