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Boiler Operators

Boiler Operators - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, stationary engineers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a medium level of social interaction. Stationary engineers spend much of their time working on equipment but also talking with coworkers.
  • Are responsible for the health and safety of others.
  • Communicate mostly by phone, in person, but sometimes write letters and e-mail.
  • Usually work as part of a team.
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  • Occasionally are placed in conflict situations in which there may be disagreement over how to handle a project.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the work done by others.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Often work indoors inside enclosed equipment.
  • Are exposed to noises that are distracting and uncomfortable on a daily basis.
  • Are regularly exposed to hazardous equipment, conditions, and contaminants.
  • Regularly wear safety or protective attire when working.
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  • Must often work in very hot or very cold temperatures.
  • Often must work in very bright or very dim lighting conditions.
  • May sometimes get to high places to complete a task.
  • May be placed in a hazardous situation that produces minor cuts and scratches.
  • May share work space with other workers.

Work Performance

  • Must be sure that all the details of the job are performed and completed accurately. Errors could result in injuries or power outages.
  • Repeat the same mental and physical activities.
  • Make most of their decisions and set most of their daily tasks and goals independently.
  • Must allow the pace of work to be determined by automated machinery.
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  • Must meet monthly deadlines.


  • Usually work 40 hours per week. Schedules are usually established.
  • May work rotating shifts.
  • May work weekends and holidays.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.