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Nebraska Operating Engineers License

Nebraska Department of Labor
Office of Safety & Labor Standards, Boiler Program
PO Box 95024
Lincoln, NE 68509-5024

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

Lincoln

Lincoln Board of Examiners
City-County Building
Lincoln, NE 68508

At this time this license law may not be active. Information was not clear when obtained.

Local residency is not required to apply for the license.

Licenses from other jurisdictions are recognized for experience.

The City of Lincoln has 3 licensing levels:

  1. Lincoln 1st Grade Engineer
  2. Lincoln 2nd Grade Engineer
  3. Lincoln 3rd Grade Engineer
  4. Lincoln Fireman


City of Omaha

Omaha City - County Building Permits & Inspection Division, Mechanical Section
1819 Farnam, Room 1110
Omaha, NE 68183

Local residency is not required to apply for the license. However, an applicant must be endorsed by two-citizens of the city, at least one of whom shall be a sanitary engineer of equal or higher grade.

Licenses from other jurisdictions are not recognized for experience.

The City of Omaha has 3 licensing levels:

  1. Omaha 1st Grade Stationary Engineer
    1. A first grade stationary engineer's certificate shall entitle the holder to take charge of and operate any steam, power, refrigeration or compressor plant within the city.
    2. At least one such certificate shall be required for each plant having steam prime movers, which in the aggregate amount to 100 horsepower or more.
    3. This examination shall cover the various types of steam generators and auxiliary equipment, refrigeration and compressor equipment, and their construction, operation, maintenance and defects; the use, operation and care of electric generators and motors; and the causes and prevention of smoke.
  2. Omaha 2nd Grade Stationary Engineer
    1. A second grade stationary engineer's certificate shall entitle the holder to take charge of and operate any boiler power plant having steam prime movers which in the aggregate amount to less than 100 horsepower. At least one stationary engineer's certificate shall be required in each shift for each such plant.
    2. The holder of a second grade stationary engineer's certificate shall be entitled to operate as a shift engineer under the general supervision of a holder of a first grade stationary engineer's certificate.
    3. This examination shall cover hot water boilers and equipment, steam generators and auxiliary equipment, and their construction, operation, maintenance and defects; the use, operation and care of electrical generators and motors; and the causes and prevention of smoke.
    4. Where aggregate capacity of equipment operated by steam, and/or turbines operated by steam, is less than 100 horsepower, there shall be in charge at least one person holding a second grade stationary engineer's certificate, at all times the engines or turbines are in operation.
  3. Omaha 3rd Grade Stationary Engineer
    1. A third grade stationary engineer's certificate shall entitle the holder to take charge of and operate any boiler plant having no steam prime movers. This examination shall cover hot water boilers and equipment, steam generators and their auxiliary equipment, and their construction, operation, maintenance and defects; the use, operation and care of electrical motors; and the causes and prevention of smoke.

Qualifications for a City of Omaha Stationary Engineer are as follows:

  1. 1st Grade Stationary Engineer shall have had at least five years' experience in power and/or heating plants.
  2. 2nd Grade Stationary Engineer shall have had at least three years' experience in the operation and care of steam boilers under the supervision of a holder of a certificate of like or higher grade to that applied for, or experience equivalent thereto.
  3. 3rd Grade Stationary Engineer shall have had at least one year's experience in the operation and care of boilers under the supervision of the holder of a certificate of like or higher grade to that applied for, or experience equivalent thereof.

Licensing is exempt from:

  1. Heating plants used for heating a private dwelling.
  2. All plants having a pressure not exceeding 15 pounds per square inch steam and not exceeding 750 square feet of boiler heating surface.
  3. All steam plants over 15 pounds pressure under 500 square feet heating surface.
  4. Hot water heating plants not exceeding 1,000 square feet of heating surface.



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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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