Boiler Operators


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Boiler Operators

Boiler Operators - Physical Demands

Stationary engineers frequently:

  • Use their hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
  • Walk or run for long periods of time.
  • Stand for long periods of time.
  • Bend or twist their body.
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  • Kneel, stoop, crouch, or crawl.
  • Repeat the same movements.

It is important for stationary engineers to be able to:

  • See details of objects that are less than a few feet away.
  • Make quick, precise adjustments to machine controls.
  • Hold the arm and hand in one position or hold the hand steady while moving the arm.
  • Use one or two hands to grasp, move, or assemble objects.
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  • Speak clearly so listeners can understand.
  • Focus on one source of sound and ignore others.
  • Understand the speech of another person.
  • Use fingers to grasp, move, or assemble very small objects.
  • Move two or more limbs together (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while remaining in place.

It is not as important, but still necessary, for stationary engineers to be able to:

  • Hear sounds and recognize the difference between them.
  • Determine the distance between objects.
  • See details of objects that are more than a few feet away.
  • Use muscles to lift, push, pull, or carry heavy objects.
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  • See differences between colors, shades, and brightness.
  • Adjust body movements or equipment controls to keep pace with speed changes of moving objects.
  • React quickly using hands, fingers, or feet.
  • Choose quickly and correctly among various movements when responding to different signals.
  • Bend, stretch, twist, or reach out.
  • Coordinate movement of several parts of the body, such as arms and legs, while the body is moving.
  • Keep or regain the body's balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
  • Use stomach and lower back muscles to support the body for long periods without getting tired.
  • Be physically active for long periods without getting tired or out of breath.
  • Use muscles for extended periods without getting tired.
  • While looking forward, see objects or movements that are off to the side.
  • See objects in very bright or glaring light.
  • Determine from which direction a sound came.
  • Make fast, repeated movements of fingers, hands, and wrists.
  • Move arms and legs quickly.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.