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Iowa Operating Engineers License

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

Des Moines

Apply or renew your licenseat:

Community Development Department,
Permit and Development Center
602 E. 1st Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309-1890
(515) 283-4200

Local residency is not required to apply for a license.

Licenses from other jurisdictions recognized for experience.

The City of Des Moines has 5 licensing levels:

  1. Des Moines 1st Class Engineer
    1. Holder of first class license. A license as first class engineer, unless restricted in any manner by the board of examiners, shall entitle the holder to take charge of any plant.
    2. For a first class engineer, that he or she has had five years' experience in steam engineering or refrigeration plants and has had experience in the operation of heating ventilation and electric apparatus.
  2. Des Moines 2nd Class Engineer
    1. Holder of second class license. A license as second class engineer, unless restricted in any manner by the board of examiners, shall entitle the holder to take charge of any plant not exceeding 200 plant horsepower or to act as a shift engineer in a first class plant under the supervision of a first class engineer in charge.
    2. For a second class engineer, that he or she has had three years' experience in steam engineering and knowledge of refrigeration, heating, ventilation and electric apparatus.
  3. Des Moines 3rd Class Engineer
    1. Holder of third class license. A license as third class engineer, unless restricted in any manner by the board of examiners, shall entitle the holder to take charge of and operate any plant not exceeding 125 plant horsepower, except plants in which steam engines are operated, or to act as a shift fireman under the immediate supervision of a shift engineer holding first or second class license.
    2. For third class engineer, that he or she has had two years' experience in steam engineering as fireman or helper around a boiler plant.
  4. Des Moines 1st Class Fireman
    1. Holder of first class fireman's license. A license as a first class fireman, unless restricted in any manner by the board of examiners, shall entitle the holder to take charge of and operate any low pressure heating plant of not more than 75 plant horsepower, unless a qualified engineer is in charge and on duty.
    2. For a first class fireman's license, that he or she has had two years' experience as fireman or helper around a boiler plant.
  5. Des Moines 2nd Class Fireman
    1. Holder of second class fireman's license. A license as a second class fireman, unless restricted in any manner by the board of examiners, shall be limited to low pressure heating plants of not more than 50 plant horsepower.
    2. For a second class fireman's license, that he or she has had one year's experience as fireman's helper around a boiler plant.

To be eligible for examination in any classification, an applicant for a license, under the provisions of this article, shall be not less than 18 years of age, shall be of temperate habits and not addicted to the use of drugs or the excessive use of intoxicating liquor, and shall be able to meet the requirements of the particular class of license applied for.


Souix City

Souix City Inspection Services Division Board of Examiners of Mechanical Stationary Engineers
City Hall, 405 6th Street
PO Box 477
Souix City, IA 51102-0447

Local residency is not specified to apply for a license.

Licenses from other jurisdictions are considered on an individual basis for experience.

The City of Souix City has 4 licensing levels:

  1. Souix City 1st Class Engineer Low & High Pressure
  2. Souix City 2nd Class Engineer Low & High Pressure
  3. Souix City 3rd Class Engineer Low & High Pressure
  4. Souix City 4th Class Engineer Low & High Pressure


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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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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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