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Alaska Boiler Operators License

Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Labor Standards & Safety Division
Mechanical Inspection Section
3301 Eagle Street, Suite 302
Anchorage, AK 99503

Phone: (907) 269-4925

State of Alaska statute - Title 18. HEALTH, SAFETY, AND HOUSING Chapter 18.60. SAFETY 395 Licensing of Boiler Operators - Fees (18.60.395)

The State of Alaska does not require a Boilers License Reference paragraph 18.60.395 (c) ...does not require a person to be licensed in order to be a boiler operator.

If a person wants to be licensed then a notarized application, $200.00 application fee, and experience verification are required for each of the four license classes. You must take and pass an exam with a 70 percent or higher.

The State of Alaska does require that a Boilers License Operator receive a Certificate of Fitness.

Alaska Boiler Operator Licenses:

Boiler Operator 1st Class: Unlimited BHP (Boiler Horsepower)

Boiler Operator 2nd Class: Can operate boiler with capacity not to exceed 100,000 pounds of steam an hour or 100,000,000 British thermal units per hour for high temperature or high pressure water boilers.

Boiler Operator 3rd Class: Can operate boiler with capacity not to exceed 3,500 pounds of steam an hour or 3,500,000 British thermal units per hour for high temperature or high pressure water boilers.

Boiler Operator 4th Class also called Fireman - Apprentice.

 

Here are the boiler operators qualification for the State of Alaska

Boiler Operator Certificate of Fitness: 1st Class: Requires 12 months’ experience with a 2nd class license or 24 months experience in boiler operation, maintenance, or repair of boilers in the size range of 3,500 to 100,000 pounds of steam per hour. Must pass test.

Boiler Operator Certificate of Fitness: 2nd Class: Requires six months’ experience with a 3rd class license or 12 months experience in boiler operation, maintenance, or repair of boilers in the size range of 3,500 to 100,000 pounds of steam per hour or greater. Must pass test.

Boiler Operator Certificate of Fitness: 3rd Class: 40 hours classroom training and three months experience in the operation, maintenance, or repair of boilers while holding a Boiler 4th class or six (6) months experience in the operation, maintenance, or repair of boilers. Must pass test.

Boiler Operator Certificate of Fitness: 4th Class: No experience required. Must pass test.

 

Neither, Counties or Municipalities require licensed operators.

 

 

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Stationary High-Pressure Steam Engineer is an operating engineer that is licensed though competency by examinations for grades third through chief.  In the USA alone there are 100s of thousands of high pressure boilers alone in manufacturing or district heating, institutions, medical centers, public sector and with the vast majority in the private sector.

Chief Engineer of a stationary high-pressure steam plant has a leadership position and needs to command the steam plant operation economically and safety.

A 3rd Class Engineer in a stationary high-pressure steam engineer is a watch engineer.  This is also an entry level into Stationary High-Pressure Steam Engineering licensing too.  To be a candidate for a  3rd class is possible by going through an accredited learning program at a School or College or transition from LP Boiler Operator's license.  A more traditional path to 3rd Class stationary high-pressure engineers license is by experience.

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These gas turbines can be brought on-line producing 100s of MW in minutes when a wind-farm looses its wind or a cloud shades a photovoltic region.  So, this is especially important with more and more usage of photovoltic and wind power generators that cannot power a manufacturing base of a country or a large population since they are dependent on weather and more importantly solar activities.  Therefore, being a gas turbine 3rd Class, 2nd Class or 1st Class Gas Turbine Engineer is important to off-set the loss of base load fossil fuel power stations to meet the demand of the electric power grids.

Gas turbines come is three difference or basic catagories:  Large frame combustion turbines, large aero-derivative gas turbines, and micro-turbines.  Areo-derivative gas turbines are uses as a rule for peaking power stations.

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