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Stationary Engineers


Stationary engineers operate and maintain boilers, engines, air compressors, generators, and other equipment used in providing utilities such as heat, ventilation, light, and power for large buildings, industrial plants, and other facilities. They are called stationary engineers because the equipment they work with is similar to equipment on ships or locomotives, except that it is stationary rather than located on a moving vehicle. There are approximately 34,630 stationary engineers employed in the United States.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000

Minimum Education Level





Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Personality Traits

Hands On



Career Ladder
Chief Plant Engineer, or Building Superintendent, or Boiler Inspector

Stationary Engineer

Assistant Stationary Engineer

Apprentice, or Boiler Tender, or Helper

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