Boiler Engineer

Repair heating systems used in all types of buildings.

Quick Stats


Salary Range
$33,000 – $74,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Boiler Engineers do?

Boiler Engineers keep a building’s heating and cooling system working correctly. The “boiler” in their job title refers to large metal containers that hold water, which is heated and turns to steam in order to control the temp of the building. Small boilers are found in homes, but the ones Boiler Engineers work with are large and found in big buildings. This means that, as a Boiler Engineer, you can find a job in pretty much any big public structure (think office building, museum, mall, or apartment complex).

No matter where you work, your job is to fix things when there’s something wrong, and keep things moving smoothly. You work closely with Boiler Operators, and you’re the one who’s called when there’s a problem beyond their understanding or ability. Depending on the number of workers at your company, you, as the Boiler Engineer, might oversee other Engineers and all the Boiler Operators, or you might just be working on your own.

You’re in charge of everything from routine cleaning and maintenance to more major duties. You replace valves, rewire computer systems, change filters, or clean deposits out of the boiler’s parts. You also order new parts as necessary, and plan out maintenance schedules that interrupt the building’s routine as little as possible.

Your more complex responsibilities include controlling air compression and the oil feed system. In short, you handle every system connected to the boiler. On top of all this, you have to report any work you do. So you keep in close communication with higher-ups, and write reports describing everything from basic maintenance to major changes.


Should I be a Boiler Engineer?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Blowing Engineer, Boiler Fireman, Boiler Tender, Breaker Engineer, Byproduct Engineer, Engineer, Exhauster See More

    How to become a Boiler Engineer

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