Energy Technology — Power Engineering High Pressure Boiler 3rd Class - Steam License Review Online

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Certificate of Achievement

Provides students with a study of equipment, mechanical and electrical systems of buildings and plants, develops an understanding of individual elements and field systems, and prepares students for license exams for high pressure boiler operator and third class refrigeration and air conditioning engineers.

Online study and courses are available for operations personnel who have had some power, process or maintenance field experience and are seeking their initial license or studying to obtain higher licenses. For those persons desiring to enter this field without field experience, it is recommended that they enroll in the regular classroom lab courses in the power engineering area at the college or consider taking the introductory online courses.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Solve basic math and science problems found within power building engineering.
  • Demonstrate technical communication including reading and interpreting reports, diagrams, and manufacturer specifications and writing work orders, logs, etc.
  • Apply safe workplace procedures including use of safety equipment in laboratory and field conditions.
  • Maintain electrical systems in residential, commercial and industrial facilities.
  • Maintain mechanical systems in residential, commercial and industrial facilities.
  • Create work-plans to complete building exterior and landscape maintenance.
  • Create work-plans to complete building interior and custodial maintenance.
  • Maintain boilers, auxiliary equipment, and other steam generation equipment.

Elective Courses

The following is NOT required within this program, but is suggested for the profession.
Minimum Credit Hours: 

This program does not require any elective credits. The listed elective courses may be taken to enhance the advancement for students in the profession. Students within this program should meet with an academic advisor and Energy Technology — Power Engineering Technology faculty prior to registering for additional classes.

Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
9.0 (Including Options/Electives)

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.

Other Information

Registry / Certification / Licensure Exam Information: 

This Certificate is a review for the licenses listed below. It is not a program required for the "License." Students cannot necessarily receive a license upon completion of this certificate. This program is for 3rd Class Steam or Refrigeration license review and HP Boiler license review. It is designed to prepare qualifying students to take: 1) NIULPE (National Institute for the Uniform Licensing of Power Engineers) 3rd or 4th Class Power Engineer Exams, 2) City of Detroit LP Boiler, HP Boiler or 3rd Class Steam or Refrigeration License Exams or 3) City of Dearborn LP Boiler, HP Boiler or 3rd Class Steam or Refrigeration License Exams.

(Please note that specific field experience and/or completion of qualified technical education programs are required to take Power Engineering and other license exams. Check with the license agency involved to ensure you have the required experience for the license you are seeking.)

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Industrial Technology Division • 313-845-9656 • • Technology Bldg • Room: E-172
Career Opportunities: 

A successful graduate earning the Certificate will have potential employment in occupations such as: * Power Engineers * Process Engineers * Building Engineers * Facility Engineers * Stationary Engineers * Technicians

Employment Outlook The Projections of Employment, published by the Labor Market Information projects a 10% increase the number of Facilities Engineers and Stationary Engineers through 2012. The trend toward automated, centralized control of building operations has not reduced the need for Power, Building and Facilities Engineers. When automated systems are installed in older buildings, they often take the place of simpler systems and equipment that had not required the high-level services of Power, Facilities and Building Engineers.

** Facilities Engineers and Stationary Engineers:** * Service industrial machinery, hospital equipment, plumbing fixtures, elevators, and other electrical or mechanical devices used on the premises. * Monitor Control Room equipment including troubleshooting. * Machine/Equipment maintenance and some ‘hands-on’ repair. * They also handle all aspects of the job; in others, they are assisted by helpers or maintenance personnel.