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Power Engineering and Boiler Operator (2017-2018)

Technical Diploma
School of Technology and Applied Sciences / Architecture & Construction Career Cluster

Oak Creek Campus
Program Code: 30-428-1

For Information: 414-297-6315
Oak Creek Campus, 414-571-4500

Overview —  Learn to manage and repair equipment, maintain facilities, operate and control low- and high-pressure boilers and auxiliary systems in factories, plants and buildings through this two-semester program.

Important attributes for success include a high mechanical aptitude, as well as good people skills and manual dexterity.

Career Pathway — You can earn the Boiler Operator certificate on your way to completing this technical diploma. Contact an MATC advisor for information.

Career Outlook — A graduate of this program will have potential for employment as a building engineer, boiler operator, facilities maintenance mechanic or power engineer.

Stationary engineers, boiler operators and power engineers start up, regulate and shut down equipment. They ensure that it operates safely, economically and within established limits by monitoring meters, gauges and computerized controls. They manually control equipment and when necessary, make adjustments. They also record relevant events and facts concerning operation and maintenance in an equipment log.

On steam boilers they observe, control and record steam pressure, temperature, water level and chemistry, power output, fuel consumption and emissions. They watch and listen to machinery and routinely check safety devices, identifying and correcting any problems that develop.

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Program Learning Outcomes — Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Define industry safety standards and concepts
  • Explain operation of power engineering equipment
  • Prepare to complete the ASOPE certification exam
  • Describe boiler operation effects on emission
  • Describe water treatment fundamentals related to power engineering equipment
  • Describe power engineering related to control fundamentals
  • Identify firing methods for different fuel types
  • Apply natural science principles to power engineering
  • Relate basic electricity principles to power engineering
  • Relate maintenance and repair principles to power engineering
  • Perform basic facility maintenance and operations

Admission Requirements  — The following are required for admission to the program:

  • A high school diploma or equivalent
  • Demonstration of proficiency in basic skills through admissions assessment


Possible Careers
Building Engineer
Facilities Maintenance Mechanic
Power Plant Operator
Power Plant Mechanic
Heat Plant Operator

Related Programs
Boiler Operator
Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating Service Technician
Sustainable Facilities Operations

Start Dates: August/January

All credits in this diploma must be earned at MATC with a 2.0 GPA or higher.

Curriculum effective 2017-18. 

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements. 
( ) = Semester Order for Full-Time Students




(1)  POWENG-330

Low-Pressure Boilers ^




(1)  POWENG-331

High-Pressure Boilers ^




(1)  POWENG-332

Boiler Operation ^




(1)  POWENG-395

Electricity for Power Engineering




(1)  POWENG-334

Blueprint Reading for Power Engineering




(1)  POWENG-335

Instrumentation and Controls




(2)  POWENG-333

Plant Maintenance and HVAC Basics




(2)  POWENG-336

Math for Power Engineers




(2)  ENG-340

Workplace Communication




(2)  SUSTN-140 Building Systems 1




‡ Prerequisite required.

^ Counts toward earning the Boiler Operator certificate.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

For class times and locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

Page updated October 2017.