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Stationary Engineers and Auxiliary Equipment Operators

What they do?

Stationary engineers and auxiliary equipment operators perform some or all of the following duties:

A. Operate automated or computerized control systems, stationary engines and auxiliary equipment such as boilers, turbines, generators, pumps, compressors, pollution control devices and other equipment to provide heat, ventilation, refrigeration, light and power for buildings, industrial plants and other work sites

B. Monitor and inspect plant equipment, computer terminals, switches, valves, gauges, alarms, meters and other instruments to measure temperature, pressure and fuel flow, to detect leaks or other equipment malfunctions and to ensure plant equipment is operating at maximum efficiency

C. Analyze and record instrument readings and equipment malfunctions

D. Troubleshoot and perform corrective action and minor repairs to prevent equipment or system failure

E. Clean and lubricate generators, turbines, pumps and compressors and perform other routine equipment maintenance duties using appropriate lubricants and hand, power and precision tools

F. Maintain a daily log of operation, maintenance and safety activities, and write reports about plant operation

G. May assist in the development of operation, maintenance and safety procedures.

Where they find work?

1. Paper manufacturing - 14.0%
2. Mining - unspecified - 9.0%
3. Health care and social assistance - 8.0%
4. Food manufacturing - 7.0%
5. Public administration - 5.0%
6. Wood product manufacturing - 5.0%

What education do I need?

1. Completion of secondary school is usually required.

2. Completion of a regulated apprenticeship program in stationary or power engineering or On-the-job training and additional courses or a college training program in stationary or power engineering or building systems operations are required.

3. Provincial or territorial certification or licensing according to class (4th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st class and an additional 5th class in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories) is required.

4. Certification according to class (4th, 3rd, 2nd or 1st class for heating and steam engines and class B or A for refrigeration) is required in Quebec.

5. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma, and almost 2 in 5 have a trade/vocational certificate.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. Computer Basics - Word and Excel
3. Physics
4. Industrial Arts (Electricity)

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Stationary Engineers and Auxiliary Equipment Operators is $22.31/HR, which is above average for occupations in the trades, transport and equipment operators sector and close to the average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Stationary Engineers and Auxiliary Equipment Operators wages

Expected Wage by Age

Stationary Engineers and Auxiliary Equipment Operators Wage By Age

Unemployment:

5% of Stationary Engineers and Auxiliary Equipment Operators are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for technical, professional, and skilled occupations.

Unemployment

Stationary Engineers and Auxiliary Equipment Operators Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Stationary Engineers and Auxiliary Equipment Operators Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Stationary Engineers and Auxiliary Equipment Operators is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at an average rate.

2. The retirement rate is above average, and the number of retiring workers contributes to job openings.

3. Hourly wages ($22.31) are close to the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is close to the average.

4. The unemployment rate (5%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be below average because new technologies should continue to improve productivity, allowing employers to do more with fewer workers.

2. The retirement rate will likely be above average and the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job openings will likely exceed the number of job seekers. This will not be significant enough to have an impact on the work prospects.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations are found in Alberta and Prince Edward Island while the lowest concentrations are in New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (75%) is above the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Monitoring

2. Computerized equipment

3. Mechanics

Part Time Workers

Stationary Engineers and Auxiliary Equipment Operators Part Time Workers

Part time workers:


3% of Stationary Engineers and Auxiliary Equipment Operators are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 15,500 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, a decrease of 41% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Stationary Engineers and Auxiliary Equipment Operators Age Demographics

Age Demographics:


The relatively low percentage of younger workers suggests few entry-level job openings, and could point to a greater need for workers with experience or a number of years of training. The earlier-than-average retirement age (60) combined with an expected older-than-average age (44) of worker will likely result in an above-average retirement rate to 2009.

Self Employed

Stationary Engineers and Auxiliary Equipment Operators Self Employed

Self Employed:


Roughly 0% of Stationary Engineers and Auxiliary Equipment Operators are self-employed. This is considered Below average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Stationary Engineers and Auxiliary Equipment Operators Men vs Women

Men vs Women:


2% of the individuals employed as Stationary Engineers and Auxiliary Equipment Operators are women. Compared to other industries, this is Below average.