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Rhode Island Operating Engineers License

Rhode Island Dept. of Labor & Training
Division of Occupational Safety, Boiler Unit
PO BOX 21057
Cranston, RI 02920-0942

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

Providence

City of Providence Building (Contact City Hall for applications and validation of ordinance)
190 Dyer Street
Providence, RI 02903-1712

The City of Providence has an Ordnance - Article V Engineers and Boiler Operators from Section 14-85 to 14-103, The city ordinance seems to get to specifics. Remember, local residency not required to apply for license. Also, if you have not renewed your license in two-years you are in trouble.

Licenses from other jurisdictions may not be recognized for experience.

The City of Providence has 5 licensing levels:

  1. Providence Stationary Engineer
  2. Providence Boiler Operator
  3. Providence Apprentice Boiler Operator
  4. Providence Refrigeration Machine Operator
  5. Woonsocket Boiler Operator

When is a City of Providence RI license operator required:

  1. A boiler operator or stationary engineer shall be in charge of all boilers, stationary engines, prime movers, diesel engines, gas engines, and steam turbines from 30 H.P. to 100 H.P.
  2. A stationary engineer or a refrigeration machine operator shall be in charge of all refrigeration equipment and air conditioning equipment over one hundred (100) tons using Group 1 refrigerants; or refrigeration equipment of fifteen (15) tons or more using Group 2 and Group 3 refrigerants as defined in section 14-88(c).
  3. A stationary engineer shall be in charge of all boilers, stationary engines, prime movers, diesel engines, gas engines, and steam turbines over 100 HP
  4. A stationary engineer, boiler operator, or refrigeration machine operator shall be on duty at all times and shall be in the vicinity of the mechanical equipment room and shall not leave the building containing the equipment which they are assigned to watch. For equipment which is monitored by a computer system refer to the city ordnance.

Stationary Engineer License for the City of Providence

  1. In order to qualify for a stationary engineer license, an applicant shall meet the following minimum requirements:
    1. Shall have graduated from a high school or have a GED diploma; and
    2. Shall have been employed as a licensed boiler operator for five (5) years or have been an assistant to a licensed stationary engineer for at least three (3) years preceding the date of application, or shall have graduated as a mechanical engineer from an accredited engineering school; and
    3. Shall have received a passing grade in a written, oral or practical examination administered by the chief examiner, as defined in section 14-90
  2. Holders of a stationary engineer license shall be eligible to operate the following equipment:
    1. Any stationary engine or prime mover of cumulative horsepower
    2. Any refrigeration machinery
    3. Steam or hot water boilers
    4. Diesel generator
    5. Air conditioning machinery
    6. Hydraulics system
    7. Gas generator
    8. Steam turbine

For a boiler operators license an applicant shall meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Shall have held an apprentice boiler operators permit in accordance in section 14-89 immediately prior to applying for a boiler operators license; and
  2. Shall have received a passing grade in a written, oral or practical examination administered by the chief examiner, as defined in section 14-90; and
  3. Shall be at least twenty-one (21) years old.

Holders of a boiler operators license shall be eligible to operate any steam or hot water boiler not exceeding 100 H.P. If a boiler operator is on duty with a stationary engineer, he/she may operate, under the supervision of the stationary engineer, any equipment described in the ordnance.

The City of Providence has an apprentice boiler operator permit, which is a starter license, but applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Present a letter of introduction from an employer; and
  2. Shall be employed and working under the supervision of a licensed boiler operator or stationary engineer; and
  3. Shall have graduated from high school or have a GED diploma.

An apprentice boiler operators permit shall be valid for a period of not more than six (6) months. Upon expiration of said term, a permit holder may apply for an operators license; or shall renew the apprentice boiler operators permit.

Refrigeration machine operators license for the City of Providence an applicant shall meet the following requirements:

  1. Shall have graduated from a high school or have a GED diploma; and
  2. Shall have received a passing grade in a written, oral, or practical examination administered by the chief examiner as defined in section 14-90
  3. Equipment.
    1. Upon receipt of a refrigeration machine operators license, the license holder shall be eligible to operate the following equipment:
    2. Refrigeration machinery of fifteen (15) tons capacity with Group 2 or Group 3 (Moderate or High Hazard Refrigerants).
    3. Refrigeration machinery of more than one hundred (100) tons capacity with Group 1 (Low Hazards Refrigerants).
  4. Classifications of refrigerants.
    1. Group 1—Low Hazard shall include but not be limited to: carbon dioxide, Freon, methylene chloride, sulphur dioxide.
    2. Group 2—Moderate Hazard shall include but not be limited to: ammonia, ethyl chloride, methyl chloride, sulphur dioxide.
    3. Group 3—High Hazard shall include but not be limited to: butane, ethane, and propane.
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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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