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Occupational Employment Statistics


51-8021 Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators

Operate or maintain stationary engines, boilers, or other mechanical equipment to provide utilities for buildings or industrial processes. Operate equipment, such as steam engines, generators, motors, turbines, and steam boilers.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Central Minnesota 17023$32.44/hr$25.21/hr$31.35/hr$32.24/hr$32.64/hr$39.69/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A
Trade, Transportation and Utilities10$39.79/hr
Financial Activities80$39.69/hr
Professional and Business Services170$31.10/hr
Education and Health Services680$31.88/hr
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Public Administration130$31.48/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 10$30.38/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 20$25.53/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 30$31.44/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 40$31.43/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 50$25.60/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 70$32.64/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 90$32.09/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 100$31.96/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 100$31.51/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 110$31.51/hr1.1%
Northwest Balance of State 110$31.47/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 120$31.48/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 140$31.47/hr4.9%
Southwest Minnesota 150$31.62/hr4.8%
Central Minnesota 170$32.24/hr3.7%
Southeast Minnesota 170$31.96/hr4.0%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 720$31.93/hr4.2%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 800$31.93/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,490$31.69/hr4.4%

  • Weigh, measure, and record fuel used.
  • Operate or tend stationary engines, boilers, and auxiliary equipment, such as pumps, compressors, or air-conditioning equipment, to supply and maintain steam or heat for buildings, marine vessels, or pneumatic tools.
  • Operate mechanical hoppers and provide assistance in their adjustment and repair.
  • Receive instructions from steam engineers regarding steam plant and air compressor operations.
  • Monitor boiler water, chemical, and fuel levels, and make adjustments to maintain required levels.
  • Observe and interpret readings on gauges, meters, and charts registering various aspects of boiler operation to ensure that boilers are operating properly.
  • Check the air quality of ventilation systems and make adjustments to ensure compliance with mandated safety codes.
  • Fire coal furnaces by hand or with stokers and gas- or oil-fed boilers, using automatic gas feeds or oil pumps.
  • Test boiler water quality or arrange for testing and take necessary corrective action, such as adding chemicals to prevent corrosion and harmful deposits.
  • Maintain daily logs of operation, maintenance, and safety activities, including test results, instrument readings, and details of equipment malfunctions and maintenance work.