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IUOE Local 701 – Stationary Engineer Apprenticeship and Training Program

A Stationary Engineer supports the operation and maintenance of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration in large buildings and commercial facilities.  These systems include boilers, diesel engines, turbines, generators, pumps, condensers, compressors, and refrigeration equipment.  A Stationary Engineer is responsible for ensuring that the equipment operates safely, economically, and within established limits through computerized controls, meters and gauges from the time they start until they are shut down.  As a Licensed Limited Maintenance Electrician, a Stationary Engineer will test, diagnose, repair and maintain existing electrical installations within the facility. They follow electrical codes, schematic diagrams, blueprints and other specifications to connect power supply wires and cables.

IUOE stationary engineers acquire their skills through a formal apprenticeship program and through on-the-job training, which is supplemented by related training courses offered by the union.  Due to the increasing complexity of the equipment with which we work it takes many years of formal training and work experience to become a skilled stationary engineer.   Journey-level stationary engineers are encouraged to continue their education in order to maintain licenses, broaden their skills, keep abreast of changes in the industry and increase their employability.

Apprenticeship is an excellent way to learn the craft and to earn income while learning.  The system is designed to give someone who knows little or nothing about the trade the knowledge to become a journey-level stationary engineer.  The average length of a stationary engineer apprenticeship is four to five years.  During this period apprentices learn their craft by working with skilled stationary engineers at an actual job site and attending related classroom instruction in such technical subjects as boiler operation and maintenance, air conditioning and refrigeration, HVAC instrumentation and controls, HVAC advanced testing and balancing, safety, electricity, energy conservation, and indoor air quality. Completion of the program qualifies the apprentice to sit for either the Oregon LME or Washington 07 Electrical License Exam.

The apprenticeship standards for the Oregon SW Washington IOUE Local 701 Stationary Engineer JATC are registered with the appropriate state agencies in Oregon and Washington.

The apprenticeship programs include Limited Maintenance Electrician (Oregon), Industrial Maintenance Electrician (Washington) and Stationary Engineer (both Oregon and Washington).

Limited Maintenance Electrician (LME) - click to learn more

The LME program is a 2-3 year commitment that includes 4000 hours of on the job training and a minimum of 288 hours of related training.  The LME program provides the necessary experience and training required by the state of Oregon for an apprentice to sit for the LME license exam.

Industrial Maintenance Electrician (IME) - click to learn more

The IME program is a 2-3 year commitment that includes 6000 hours of on the job training including 4000 hours of electrical and a minimum of 144 hours of related training per year.  The LME program provides the necessary experience and training required by the state of Washington for an apprentice to sit for the IME license exam.

Stationary Engineer (SE) - click to learn more

The SE program is a 4-5 year commitment that includes 8000 hours of on-the-job training, which includes 4000 electrical hours and a minimum of 637 hours of related training in Oregon, or 144 per year in Washington.  The SE program meets the requirements of the LME or IME and additional training to produce a well-trained stationary engineer.  An SE journeyman is competent in HVAC, boiler operations, troubleshooting, waste management, and computer and customer service skills. 

Apprenticeship Requirements

Apprentices must be at least 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or GED, and have successfully completed one year of high school math or equivalent post high school course or placement test.

Apprentices are selected from a pool of current employees who have completed a minimum of 500 hours employment with an approved Training Agent.

Starting pay for an apprentice is 65% of the journey-level stationary engineer rate.  Pay increases are scheduled at designated times during the progression from apprentice to journey level.

Apprenticeship Benefits

  • Paid employment during training
  • Opportunity to learn skills needed by employers for the industry
  • Credit towards an associate’s degree through a community college
  • A secure career with adaptability for new job requirements
  • The knowledge and experience for career advancement to become a lead person, foreman, supervisor or chief engineer

Cost to Apprentice

An apprentice may be responsible for the purchase of training books and personal hand tools.  There is no cost for the coursework.

For More Information Contact

Peter Ullrey
Stationary Engineer Training Coordinator
IUOE Local 701