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South Carolina Operating Engineers License

South Carolina Contractors' Licensing Board
PO Box 11329
Columbia, S.C. 29211

Phone (803) 896-4686

Below are mechanical contractor licenses and are required to be an installer of medium to large systems. These licenses are by exam and many contractors are licensed and use these licenses to operate Chillers / Refrigeration Systems in South Carolina.

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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, government as well as small laundries. Unlike a Power Engineer, who works at a power station, the Stationary High-Pressure Steam Engineer applies steam for manufacturing use that they generate to make work based on heat content and or using the force of high-pressure steam to do work.

In the USA, the average Stationary High-Pressure Steam Engineer earns about $25 to $35 per hour for non-management grades. Employment is steady and long-term. Roughly, one-third of all jobs are in manufacturing for Stationary High-Pressure Steam Engineers

Decades ago, when the USA was a world manufacturer, 1/2 of all Stationary High-Pressure Steam Engineers  worked in manufacturing.

The outlook for Stationary High-Pressure Steam Engineers are not projected to change in the next decade. So, consider a career as a Stationary High-Pressure Steam Engineer and apply for an application review today.

Gas Turbine Operating Engineers are in demand for gas fired peaking power plants.  Gas turbines are also called combustion turbines or single-cycle units.  These gas turbines can be brought on-line producing 100s of MW in minutes.  This is especially important with more and more photovoltaic power being added to the power grid along with wind turbine power since these two have daily cyclic behavior that are less reliable, but predictable as more and more based load stations are removed from the power grid.

An industrial based economy cannot function on photovoltaic or wind turbines alone.

A gas turbine operating engineer is not the same as an operating engineer for a combined-cycle unit, which operates at higher efficiency than single-cycle combustion turbines.  Gas turbines engineers are used in simple cycle applications for peaking, and a gas turbine engineer is also a 'stepping-stone' license to combined cycle with combustion turbine license.

There are about 100-gigawatts of gas turbine peaking stations that make up a few percentile of the overall power demand.  If you have gas turbine experience consider a gas turbine operator's license today.


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