Boiler or Engine Operator (Occupation Code : 718201)

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Operates and maintains stationary engines, boilers, refrigeration and air-conditioning systems, and associated mechanical plant.


Operating, cleaning, lubricating and monitoring steam engines, boilers and auxiliary equipment such as pumps, compressors and air-conditioning equipment to supply and maintain steam and power for buildings, marine vessels or pneumatic tools.

Firing coal furnaces by hand or with stokers and gas- or oil-fed boilers using automatic gas feeds or oil pumps.

Monitoring and inspecting performance of equipment for efficient operation and ensuring boiler water, chemical and fuel are maintained at required levels.

Analysing and recording instrument readings, troubleshooting and performing maintenance and minor repairs to prevent equipment or system failure.

Monitoring ship’s engines, machinery and equipment indicators, recording variables and reporting abnormalities to the ship engineer officer on watch.

Operating and maintaining off-loading liquid pumps and valves.

Testing boiler water quality or arranging for testing, and adjusting and taking necessary corrective action such as adding chemicals to prevent corrosion and harmful deposits.

Checking safety devices and performing environmental checks on a routine basis. 

Alternate Occupation Names

Air-conditioning / Refrigeration Plant Operator

Steam Boilerman Fireman


Marine Engine Driver

Air Compressor Operator

Motorman / Motorwoman (Fluids Drilling)

Thermal Plant Operator

Steam Engine Operator

Ship's Boiler Operator

Boiler Tender

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