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New York Operating Engineers License

New York State Department of Labor
Division of Safety & Health Boiler Safety Bureau
State Office Building Campus Bldg 12, Room 165
New York, NY 12240-0102

No State Jurisdictional Boiler & Refrigeration Operator's License law at this time. However, the State of New York does have a requirment for boiler owners and Operators in the State:

NYS Rules and Regulations 14-1.13 Boiler operator

  • (a) Every person attending a boiler shall be provided sufficient training to allow that person sufficient knowledge to operate the boiler in a safe and efficient manner.

    (b) The boiler operator shall keep a log for each shift that he is responsible for operating the boiler. That log shall provide the following information, which may vary according to type of boiler:

      • (1) Blowdown of water column and sight glass and other safety equipment.
        (2) Blowdown of mud drum and headers.
        (3) Record of water treatment.
        (4) Test of safety valves.
        (5) Record of any operation problems or deficiencies.
        (6) Signature of boiler operator.

    (c) The log shall be available for inspection by the State Boiler Inspector and the insurance inspector.


Buffalo

Buffalo Dept of Permit & Inspection Services
65 Niagara Square, Room 312
Buffalo, NY 14202-3379

Local residency is not required to apply for the license Licenses for other jurisdictions are recognized but it's up to the Chief Inspector who will prorate.

The City of Buffalo has 6 licensing levels:

  1. Buffalo Chief Stationary Engineer
  2. Buffalo 1st Class Stationary Engineer
  3. Buffalo 2nd Class Stationary Engineer
  1. Buffalo Chief Refrigeration Engineer
  2. Buffalo 1st Class Refrigeration Engineer
  3. Buffalo 2nd Class Refrigeration Engineer

Mt Vernon

Mt Vernon City Hall
Boiler & Refrigeration Operator & Inspector
Roosevelt Square, Room 212
Mt. Vernon, NY 10550

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 recognized but to qualify for exam only.

The City of MT Vernon has 4 licensing levels:

  1. Mt Vernon 1st Class Engineer
  2. Mt Vernon 2nd Class Engineer
  3. Mt Vernon Fireman
  4. Mt Vernon Refrigeration Operator


New York City

First, a comment about NYC licensing: NYC licensing is broken down to two-seperate government entities, which makes it difficult for a qualified applicant to apply for a license. The Fire Department adminsters the Chiller exam.

New York City Department of Buildings
Licensing Unit
280 Broadway
New York, NY 10007

Telephone (212) 566-4100
Window Hours: 9:00am – 1:00pm

Exams are conducted by:

Department of Citywide Administrative Services
Skill Trades & License Division
1 Center Street
New York, NY 10007

Local residency is not required to apply for license, but it is asked on the application which borough you live in.

Licenses from other jurisdictions are not accepted.

The City of New York has 2 licensing levels:

  1. New York City High Pressure Boiler Operating Engineer (encompasses the portable license)
  2. Oil Burner Equipment Installer - Class A, B and C (Usually considered LP Boiler License)

NYC Qualifications for High Pressure Boiler Operating Engineer

All High Pressure Boiler Operating Engineer applicants must meet the following qualifications. Please check all that apply:

  1. Be at least eighteen (18) years old
  2. Be able to read and write the English language
  3. Have good moral character so as not to adversely impact your fitness to perform the duties and responsibilities of a High Pressure Boiler Operating Engineer
  4. In addition, applicants must also meet one (1) of the following levels of experience:
    1. Have been employed as a fireman, oiler, general assistant, journeyman, boiler maker or a machinist under the direct and continuing supervision of a Department-licensed High-Pressure Boiler Operating Engineer in a high-pressure plant or buildings in New York City for five (5) years within seven (7) years prior to the application date
    2. Have received a degree in mechanical engineering from a school or college recognized by the New York State Department of Education and have one (1) year of experience in the operation of and maintenance of high-pressure boilers under the direct and continuing supervision of a Department-Licensed High-Pressure Boiler Operating Engineer in New York City within two (2) years prior to the application date
    3. Have for at least four (4) years an engineer certificate from a board of examining engineers duly established and qualified pursuant to the laws of the United States, any state or a territory; or a marine engineer certificate from the United States Coast guard and one (1) year of experience in New York City in the operation and maintenance of stationary high-pressure boiler plants under the direct and continuing supervision of a Department-licensed High-Pressure Boiler Operating Engineer within seven (7) years prior to the application date
      Note: The applicant must include in his/her application a signed statement that he/she is the person named in the said certificate and statements from at least three (3) licensed High-Pressure Boiler Operating Engineers employed in New York City at the time of making such signed statements that the applicant is the person named in the said certificate
    4. Have at least five (5) years of experience in the direct supervision, care, operation and maintenance of a steam generating plant of a governmental building with boilers that have at least one-hundred and fifty (150) horsepower and have one (1) year of experience working with high-pressure boilers under the direct and continuing supervision of a Department-licensed High-Pressure Boiler Operating Engineer in New York City within seven (7) years prior to the application date
    5. Have successfully completed at least a two (2) yearlong registered, approved apprenticeship training program recognized by the New York State Apprenticeship Council and have had at least three (3) years of experience in the operation and maintenance of high-pressure boilers under the direct and continuing supervision of a Department-licensed High-Pressure Boiler Operating Engineer in New York City within seven (7) years prior to the application date

New York City (Additionally)

New York City Fire Department
Bureau of Fire Prevention, Public Certification and Education Unit
9 Metro Tech Center, Brooklyn, NY 11201-3857

Refrigeration Machine Operator Engineer

Refrigeration Machine Operator (Unlimited Capacity) examinations are administered by the Fire Department in accordance with Section 9-01 of Title 3 of the Rules of the City of New York, and applicants who establish their qualifications for such licenses in Refrigeration Machine Operator (Unlimited Capacity - one size license) in accordance with the provisions of said section and New York City Administrative Code §§ 27-4002(8a) and 27- 419(d), as applicable, shall be so certified by the Department of Citywide Administrative Services.

You will need a Universal Technician Certificate in accordance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations (40 CFR Part 82, Subpart F).


City of Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls City Clerk's Office
Board of Examiners, Stationary Engineers
745 Main Street, PO Box 69
Niagara Falls, NY 14302-0069

City Hall General Info: (716) 286-4300

The City of Niagara Falls NY has boiler operator licensing. The examinations are narrative, which means an exchange of questions and answers. The examinee is asked questions until the City's Board of Examiners is satisfied. An examinee has been able to take the exam in more than one-sitting, but has to pay the City's Board of Examiners another exam fee.

Local residency is not required to apply for the license.

Licenses from other jurisdictions may not be accepted. Check with agency.

The City of Niagara Falls has 3-licensing levels and does not provide readily to the public information on applications or qualifications:

  1. Niagara Falls Class A - Stationary Engineer
  2. Niagara Falls Fireman Class B - High Pressure Boilers
  3. Niagara Falls Fireman Class C - Low Pressure Boilers

Rochester

Rochester City Hall Bureau of Buildings & Zoning Department of Community Development
30 Church Street, Room 121B
Rochester, NY 14614-1290

Local residency is not specified if required to apply for the license.

Licenses from other jurisdictions not specified if accepted.

The City of Rochester has 4 licensing levels:

  1. Rochester Chief Engineer
  2. Rochester 1st Class Engineer
  3. Rochester 2nd Class Engineer
  4. Rochester 3rd Class Engineer
  5. Rochester Chief Refrigeration Operator
  6. Rochester 1st Class Refrigeration Operator
  7. Rochester 2nd Class Refrigeration Operator
  8. Rochester 3rd Class Refrigeration Operator

Tonawanda

Smoke Abatement Office, City Hall
Tonawanda, NY 14150

At this time this License Law may not be active.

Information was not clear when obtained.

The City of Tonawanda has 6 licensing levels:

  1. Tonawanda Chief Engineer
  2. Tonawanda 1st Class Engineer
  3. Tonawanda 2nd Class Engineer
  4. Tonawanda Special Engineer
  5. Tonawanda Chief Refrigeration Operator
  6. Tonawanda 1st Class Refrigeration Operator

White Plains

White Plains Fire Dept, Public Safety Building
77 S Lexington Avenue
White Plains, NY 10601

At this time this License Law make have been changed. Information was not clear when obtained.

Local residency is required to apply for license.

Licenses from other jurisdictions accepted for experience.

The City of White Plains has 4 licensing levels:

  1. White Plains Chief Engineer
  2. White Plains 1st Class Engineer
  3. White Plains 2nd Class Engineer
  4. White Plains Refrigeration Operator


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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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