Boilerhouse Mechanic

Maintain and repair stationary steam boilers and boiler house auxiliaries.
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Salary Range
$30,000 – $81,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Boilerhouse Mechanics do?

Maintains and repairs stationary steam boilers and boiler house auxiliaries, using handtools and portable power tools: Cleans or directs other workers to clean boilers and auxiliary equipment, using scrapers, wire brush and cleaning solvent. Inspects and repairs boiler fittings, such as safety valves, regulators, automatic-control mechanisms, and water columns, and auxiliary machines, such as pumps, draft fans, stokers, and burners. Replaces damaged boiler tubes and plates [BOILERMAKER I]. Repairs or replaces high-pressure piping, using power saw, gas torch, threading die, and welding equipment. May patch boiler insulation with cement. May paint surface of equipment, using brush. May perform water pressure test by pumping water into system to determine location of leaks. May remove and replace defective firebrick, using hammer and chisel. May operate lathe and milling machine to repair or make parts, such as valve stems and pump shafts.

Should I be a Boilerhouse Mechanic?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Leader: You're good at taking charge, giving directions, and inspiring other people.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.

  • Also known as: Heating-Equipment Repairer

    How to become a Boilerhouse Mechanic

    Most Boilerhouse Mechanics have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9afaaa&chl=no+college+%2866%25%29|certificate+%2828%25%29|associate%27s+%286%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,66,66
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