Who are Power Engineers?

A "Power Engineer" is a technically skilled and knowledgeable professional who is certified and responsible to safely and efficiently operate equipment and processes that are regulated by boiler and pressure vessel legislation.

Power Engineers are also known as:

      Steam Engineer      Stationary Engineer
      Operating Engineer      Steam Plant Operator
      Steam Plant Operator      Boiler Operator
      Building Operator      Refrigerator Plant Operator

What is Power Engineering?

The basis of certification is the operation of steam boilers, pressure vessels, fired heaters, and refrigeration systems. However, the practical responsibilities also extend to other, related processes and utilities, which involve such auxiliary equipment as pumps, compressors, electrical generators, motors, steam turbines, gas turbines, heat exchangers, condensers, cooling towers, water treatment systems, air conditioning, systems, etc.  The list is almost endless, since Power Engineers serve many different industries.

Where do Power Engineers Work?

Power Engineers work in a wide variety of industrial and commercial facilities. At the heart of most industrial complexes and larger commercial and public buildings is a system of support utilities, which includes, in varying size and complexity, equipment that legislation requires certified Power Engineers to operate. The safe and efficient operation of these support utilities has been the responsibility of Power Engineers in North America for more than 120 industrial facilities, the support utilities may range from a single, small boiler in a small commercial building, to a more complex system of boilers, refrigeration, and air conditioning in a typical high-rise building, hospital, school, etc. Industrial facilities also vary in size and complexity, including extremely large operations with several large boilers, electrical generators, steam and gas turbines, pressure vessels, and the whole range of related equipment. Many industrial facilities require their Power Engineers to operate not only the support utilities, but also the processing sections of the operation. Facilities that typically require Power Engineers include (but are not limited to):

  • Hydrocarbon Processing Plants (refineries, gas plants, etc.)
  • Thermal oil recovery (oil sands)
  • Power Generation Stations
  • Chemical and Petrochemical Plants
  • Pulp Mills; sawmills
  • Breweries; Food Production Plants
  • Hospitals
  • Schools/Colleges/ Universities
  • Hotels; Office buildings
  • Mines