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    What is Stationary Engineering? is it similiar to Hvac?

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    Power plant generator operator.

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    Stationary engineers are the workers who oversee the physical plant in large buildings having boilers and chillers. They take hourly readings of all the gauges to assure safe operation of the physical plant. They also perform maintenance work.


    [Edited by madeinusa on 02-18-2005 at 02:02 AM]

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    A Stationary Engineer Primary job is to operate Boilers either High or Low pressure and In some case's Steam Turbines as well, some Physical Plants also require Knowledge of Various Types of Chillers, Hvac Systems,Pneumatic Control Systems and PLC Operations as well as being able to preform maintenance on the above equipment.
    Each State has different Classifications and Requirements to be Licensed.
    In Mn there are 9 Classes with Chief A being the highest which means your able to take charge of boilers with unlimited horsepower and pressure.
    In CO. to achieve your Stationary Engineers License you also have to Have your E.P.A Certification or else you only Have an Class A License or Class B License
    In N.J. they have Black,Blue, Red and Gold Seal, not sure which covers what though.
    The more Actual Experience you have the higher Grade license you can achieve.
    But to answer you real question is it similiar to HVAC Yes and No, as stated in some areas you have to be half an HVAC Tech as well as an operator you may not work on Residental stuff much but you can get your hands full with chillers and roof top units as well as smaller Hot Water Boilers and Hydronic systems, Fridges, Freezers and the like, Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Schools are where the two come together the most.
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    Originally posted by madeinusa
    , and a 1 st grade engineer is like having a master license.
    To some of us this could be taken as an insult.
    A man with a Master's license would be a captian you know a deckie

    Sorry just old predjudices
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    A stationary engineer is a man who works on and in a stationary plant VS a moble plant like a train or ship.

    He has to become a jack of all trades while being a master of most.

    A good one needs to understand electricity, plumming, HVAC, boilers, chemistry, & etc. If you can apply a wrench to it, it belongs to him. If properly used he should be saving his employer three times his wage. ( not all do, and not all employers pay to get good engineers.

    Another thing need is to understand how the equipment works
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    Originally posted by snipe70e
    Originally posted by madeinusa
    , and a 1 st grade engineer is like having a master license.
    To some of us this could be taken as an insult.
    A man with a Master's license would be a captian you know a deckie

    Sorry just old predjudices
    There, I edited my post just for you, being how I surely would not want to offend someone walking through life looking at the glass as half empty.

    Next time I want to take out the time to answer and explain something a rookie has asked, I will be sure and try to find you so you can approve my post and I will not offend you.

    Have a mighty fine night there sir.

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    Originally posted by madeinusa
    Originally posted by snipe70e
    Originally posted by madeinusa
    , and a 1 st grade engineer is like having a master license.
    To some of us this could be taken as an insult.
    A man with a Master's license would be a captian you know a deckie

    Sorry just old predjudices
    There, I edited my post just for you, being how I surely would not want to offend someone walking through life looking at the glass as half empty.

    Next time I want to take out the time to answer and explain something a rookie has asked, I will be sure and try to find you so you can approve my post and I will not offend you.

    Have a mighty fine night there sir.
    Thank you thank you
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    Madeinusa,
    Just had another thought. I am an engineer the glass is never 1/2 empty. It may be the wrong size glass.
    Good night again
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    It's good work if you can get it. Most of the stationary engineers I knew whiled away the hours reading comic books or watching a portable TV (Hopefully, this was after they had already performed their rounds!)

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    Originally posted by Ammonianite
    It's good work if you can get it. Most of the stationary engineers I knew whiled away the hours reading comic books or watching a portable TV (Hopefully, this was after they had already performed their rounds!)
    We just fudge the books a week ahead. That gives plenty of time to do those things.

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    He (she) designs envelopes. Wait, that is a stationery engineer.

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