Profession steam engineer

Steam engineers provide energy and utilities to facilities, such as steam, heat and refrigeration. They operate and maintain equipment such as boilers and air compressors, and research and develop new methods and improvements for the provision of utilities.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Refrigerants

    The characteristics and properties of the different fluids used in heat pump and refrigeration cycles.

  • 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.

  • Manufacturing of steam generators

    The manufacture of steam or other vapour generators, the manufacture of auxiliary plant for use with steam generators: condensers, economisers, superheaters, steam collectors and accumulators. The manufacture of nuclear reactors, parts for marine or power boilers. Also the production of pipe system construction comprising further processing of tubes generally to make pressure pipes or pipe systems together with the associated design and construction work.

  • Energy market

    The trends and major driving factors in the energy trading market, energy trades methodologies and practice, and the identification of the major stakeholders in the energy sector.

  • Engineering processes

    The systematic approach to the development and maintenance of engineering systems.

  • Hydraulics

    The power transmission systems that use the force of flowing liquids to transmit power.

  • Thermodynamics

    The branch of physics that deals with the relationships between heat and other forms of energy..

  • Engineering principles

    The engineering elements like functionality, replicability, and costs in relation to the design and how they are applied in the completion of engineering projects.

  • Technical drawings

    Drawing software and the various symbols, perspectives, units of measurement, notation systems, visual styles and page layouts used in technical drawings.

  • Energy

    Power capacity in the form of mechanical, electrical, heat, potential, or other energy from chemical or physical resources, which can be used to drive a physical system.

Skills

  • Design utility equipment

    Design equipment which is used for the provision of utility services, such as heat, steam, power, and refrigeration, in order to improve efficiency and sustainability in the provision of utilities to facilities and residential properties.

  • Monitor utility equipment

    Monitor equipment which provides utility services such as power, heat, refrigeration, and steam, in order to ensure they are functional, operate according to regulations, and to check for faults.

  • Approve engineering design

    Give consent to the finished engineering design to go over to the actual manufacturing and assembly of the product.

  • Perform scientific research

    Gain, correct or improve knowledge about phenomena by using scientific methods and techniques, based on empirical or measurable observations.

  • Adjust engineering designs

    Adjust designs of products or parts of products so that they meet requirements.

  • Use technical drawing software

    Create technical designs and technical drawings using specialised software.

Optional knowledge and skills

electricity operate steam turbine use testing equipment perform maintenance on installed equipment monitor automated machines operate automated process control operate hydraulic machinery controls cad software resolve equipment malfunctions automation technology use personal protection equipment use cad software design automation components