Energy Technology — Power Engineering Low Pressure Boiler - Plant Operator Online

Program Information

Program Code: 
Degree Type: 
Certificate of Achievement
Year Established: 

A basic totally online entry level certificate for persons seeking initial positions as low pressure boiler or
heating and cooling plant operators or maintenance technicians. Covers energy conversion fundamentals,
tools and equipment used by heating and cooling plant technicians. Provides information on the various
boiler-heating and cooling plant operations and maintenance. This certificate provides basic information
for completing low pressure boiler license exams. Persons seeking a license should check with the license
agency to determine the experience and other elements which may be required for obtaining a license.
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 and/or technical education for the license you are seeking.

Online study is available for:
• Multi-Skilled Power and Process Engineers and Technicians
• Building Engineers and Technicians
• Facilities Engineers and Technicians

Online Courses are for Power Process Facilities Engineers and Technicians in the field:
• With Power-Process-Facilities field experience and/or,
• Who are advancing in the profession and/or,
• Who are seeking higher grade licenses.

These courses and programs are generally designed 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.

Online Introductory Courses to the Power Engineering Field
Basic computer skills can be obtained by taking the online course MFMT 103-Industrial Computer

For those persons seeking an orientation or familiarization to this field and may not be able to attend campus
classes, the following introductory online courses are offered:
• MFMT 115-Boiler (LP)/Heating Plant Operation & Maintenance: If you cannot attend the traditional
classroom-laboratory sessions at the college, this online course, provides an introduction to this field and to
low pressure boilers and heating plants.
• MFMT 151-Power and Process Plant Operation: An additional online course which provides a more
extensive introduction to the power, process and facilities fields is.

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

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.

Program Requirements

Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
8 (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.