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Pennsylvania Operating Engineers License

Pennsylvania Dept of Labor & Industry Boiler Section
1614 Labor & Industry Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120

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


City of Erie
Bureau of Air Pollution Engineers
City Hall Room 507
626 State Street
Erie, PA 16501

Local residency is not required to apply for the license.

Licenses from other jurisdictions not recognized for experience.

The City of Erie has 4 licensing levels:

  1. Erie 1st Class Chief Stationary Engineer
  2. Erie 2nd Class Stationary Engineer
  3. Erie Water Tender
  4. Erie Refrigeration Engineer

City of Philadelphia

City of Philadelphia
Department of Licensing & Inspections
1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Appliable City of Philadelphia Code: 9-501

The City of Philadelphia requires licensed operators for -

  1. Boilers carrying not more than 15-psi or Low-Pressure Boilers
  2. Boilers carrying more than 15 pounds of pressure but not exceeding 30 hp
  3. Refrigeration machinery with a capacity of not more than 25 tons, or which uses a refrigerant that is tasteless, odorless, non-inflammable, non-explosive and non-corrosive and which is equipped with an automatic shut-off device.

Local residency is not required to apply for the license.

Licenses from other jurisdictions not recognized for experience.

The City of Philadelphia has 6 licensing levels:

  1. Grade A -- steam boiler, stationary and refrigeration engineer
  2. Grade A-1 -- steam boiler, stationary or refrigeration engineer employed exclusively by and for the School District of Philadelphia
  3. Grade B -- refrigeration engineer
  4. Grade C -- portable and stationary engineer
  5. Grade D -- fireman

There is not any traditionally published publications or statutes to support who qualifies for a Grade A license or any license. The City of Philadelphia has taken the approch that anyone can take the exams and if you pass you get a license.

What can be implied is there are three-boiler operator licenses for the City of Philadelphia and here are two: 1) Firemen's License that can reasonably stated means an assistant boiler operator and can not be in-charge of any boiler and must work under a Grade A license or Grade C license. 2) In the City of Philadelphia, only a Grade A license can operate a high-pressure steam boiler 30-BHP or higher.


City of Pittsburgh
Bureau of Building Inspection
1600 West Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Local residency is not required to apply for the license.

Licenses from other jurisdictions not recognized for experience.

Continuing Education is now required each year to maintain license.

The City of Pittsburgh has 4 licensing levels:

  1. Pittsburgh Stationary Engineer
  2. Pittsburgh Boiler Fireman
  3. Pittsburgh Class A Refrigeration Operator
  4. Pittsburgh Class B Refrigeration Operator


Not known what type of License Law Scranton has but they do have a License Scranton.

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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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