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Montana Boiler Operating Engineers License

Montana Dept of Labor and Industry
Building Codes Bureau, Boiler Safety Program
301 South Park Ave.
PO Box 200517
Helena, MT 59620-0517

(4o6) 841-2o56

Montana Dept of Labor and Industry regulates the licensure of boiler operators in accordance with State of Montana Statue Title 37, Chapter 1, Part 3 is the Uniform Regulatory Act passed by the Legislature in 1995. All professional and occupational licensing is covered in these statutes.

Local residency is not required to apply for the license.

Licensing from other jurisdictions is not recognized for experience.

Licenses are required throughout the entire state.

The State of Montana has 5 licensing levels:

  1. 1st Class Boiler Engineer
  2. 2nd Class Boiler Engineer
  3. 3rd Class Boiler Engineer
  4. Low Pressure Boiler Engineer
  5. Agricultural Boiler Engineer
  6. Traction Engineer

Must have the necessary experience under the proper class of a licensed boiler operator/engineer or meet other requirements prescribed by the Department of Labor & Industry, as required by Title 50, Chapter 4, Part 3, Montana Code Annotated. and Qualifications for State of Montana Boiler Operating Engineer Licensing:

First Class Boiler Engineer:

Must have 3 years' full-time experience in the operation of a boiler in this classification under an engineer holding a first class license; must hold a valid second class license with at least 1 years full-time actual experience in the operation of a boiler in this classification under an engineer holding a valid first class license; or must hold a valid third class license with at least 2 year's full-time experience in the operation of a boiler under this classification under an engineer which a valid first class license.

Can operate all classes, pressures and temperatures of steam and water boilers and steam driven machinery except traction-hoisting engines.

Second Class Boiler Engineer:

Must have 2 years' full-time experience in the operation of a boiler in this classification under an engineer holding a valid second class or first class license; or hold a valid third class license with at least 1 year's full-time actual experience in the operation of a boiler under this classification under an engineer holding a valid second or first class engineer.

Can operate steam boilers operated not in excess of 250 psi, water boilers operating not in excess of 375 psi and 450°F temperature, and steam-driven machinery not to exceed 100 horsepower per unit except traction and hoisting engines.

Third Class Boiler Engineer:

Must have 6 months full-time experience (960 hours) in the operation of a boiler in this classification under an engineer holding a valid third class or higher license or completion of a training course approved by the Department of Labor and Industry specific to third class pressure boilers, a minimun of 40 hours experience under a licensed boiler engineer, and pass a written exam.

Can operate steam boilers operated not in excess of 150 psi and water boilers operating not in excess of 160 psi and 350°F temperature and 150 horse power.

Low Pressure Boiler Engineer:

Must have 3 months full-time experience (480 hours) in the operation of a boiler in this classification under an engineer who holds a valid low pressure or higher license or completion of a training course approved by the Department of Labor and Industry specific to low pressure boilers, a minimun of 40 hours experience under a licensed boiler engineer, and pass a written exam.

Can operate steam boilers operated not in excess of 15 psi and water boilers operating not in excess of 50 psi and 250°F temperature.

Agricultural Boiler Engineer:

There are no experience requirements.

Can operate steam boilers that operate not in excess of 150 psi, that are not operated for more than 6 months of the year, and that are not operated for purposes other than the harvesting or processing of agricultural products.

Traction Engineer:

Have at least 480 hours of experience in the operation of Steam Traction Engines, and pass a written examination.

Traction engines or boilers on wheels.


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