Ohio requires the licensure of a person who works as a stationary engineer. A stationary engineer is also referred to as a stationary steam engineer. To pass the licensing exam, a stationary engineer must have knowledge of a variety of topics, including steam engineering, steam turbines, and high- and low-pressure boilers.
A stationary engineer works with and operates powerhouse equipment, such as boilers, furnaces, generators, fans and turbines. The job duties of a stationary engineer depend on the classification of the worker. Duties may include reading gauges, synchronizing switches, operating fuel burning equipment and directing others.
In Ohio, a stationary engineer must hold a license. A qualified applicant must have 2,000 hours of operating experience or 1,000 hours of operating experience and the completion of a 125-hour course, or a high-pressure boiler operating license and 500 hours of operating experience. The fee for the license is $35 as of 2010; the license must be renewed each year.
A stationary engineer is designated according to experience as a first class, second class or third class stationary engineer. A third class stationary engineer has the highest level of experience, and therefore, has a higher pay scale and increased duties.