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Delaware Operating Engineers License

State of Delaware
Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control
PO Box 674 Dover, DE 19901-0674

TITLE 7 Conservation Natural Resources, CHAPTER 74B. BOILER SAFETY PROGRAM does not require boiler or stationary operating engineer licensing.

No State Jurisdictional Boiler & Refrigeration Operator's License Law at this time.


City of Wilmington
Board of Examining Engineers
City-County Building
8th & French Streets
Wilmington, DE 19801


Ted Omlor, 302-798-0134

Local residency is not required to apply for a license.

Licenses from other jurisdictions recognized but still must take exam.

The City of Wilmington has 4 licensing levels:

  1. Wilmington 1st Class Engineer
  2. Wilmington 2nd Class Engineer
  3. Wilmington 3rd Class Engineer
  4. Wilmington Fireman

Code of Ordinances, Chapter 4 Buildings adn Building Regulations, Subchapter 7 Stationary Engineers and Firemen

Div 1

Sec. 4-226. - License

(a) No person in charge of any generating facility shall operate, or cause or permit to be operated any steam boiler, turbine or engine within the city without first having secured a license from the board of examining engineers provided for by this subchapter and no owner, agent, superintendent, manager or other person having charge of any building in which any steam boiler, turbine or steam engine is used, shall use or cause to be used any steam boiler, turbine or steam engine unless the same is in charge or under the supervision of an engineer licensed in accordance with the provisions of this subchapter.

Sec. 4-227. - Fulltime attendant required for certain boilers, etc

Any power boiler, fired pressure vessel, without fully automatic control, having a rated output of 1,000 or more pounds per hour shall have a fulltime licensed attendant, who is familiar with its operation, while the unit is in service.


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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.


Gas Turbine Operating Engineers are in demand for gas fired peaking power plants.  Gas turbines or combustion turbines as they are also called as well as simple cycle.

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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