Stationary engineers and auxiliary equipment operators maintain and operate stationary engines/auxiliary equipment such as boilers, turbines, generators, compressors, pumps, pollution control devices, and other equipment to provide heat, ventilation, refrigeration, light, and power for buildings/industrial plants.
Power system operators monitor and operate computerized switchboards/auxiliary equipment in electrical control centres to control/regulate electrical power in transmission networks.
Power station operators run reactors, turbines, boilers, generators, condensers, and auxiliary equipment in hydro, thermal, and nuclear power plants to generate electric power.
1. Mining - unspecified - 30.0%
2. Paper manufacturing - 10.0%
3. Health care and social assistance - 6.0%
4. Food manufacturing - 5.0%
5. Public administration - 4.0%
6. Primary metal manufacturing - 3.0%
7. Wood product manufacturing - 3.0%
1. In general, you need a high school diploma and specialized training.
2. To be a stationary engineer or auxiliary equipment operator, you need an apprenticeship program in stationary or power engineering; or on-the-job training and correspondence/high school courses; or a college training program in stationary or power engineering. You also need certification in the province/territory where you'll work.
3. To be a power system operator, you need to finish a three- to five-year apprenticeship or have more than three years' experience and some college or industry courses in electrical/electronic technology.
4. To be a power station operator, you must complete an apprenticeship in stationary or power engineering, or have several years' experience and some high school, correspondence or college courses in stationary or power engineering. You also need certification in the province/territory where you'll work.
5. To be a control room operator at a nuclear power plant, you need a licence from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.
6. Almost 2 in 5 have a community college diploma.
2. Computer Basics - Word and Excel
4. Industrial Arts (Electricity)
The average hourly wages for Stationary Engineers and Power Station and System Operators is $24.58/HR, which is above average for occupations in the trades, transport and equipment operators sector and above average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an above-average rate from 2002 to 2004.