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Boiler Operation, Maintenance and Safety

A 2-Day Boiler Training Course for Everyday Building, Plant & Facility Maintenance
Day 1 - Fundamentals, Operation & Safety
Day 2 - Maintenance, Inspection, Testing & Efficiency

Both Days - $990  |  Day 1 - $495  |  Day 2 - $495

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Check out these testimonials for our boiler maintenance and boiler operation training courses.

"I came into this training totally blind and I'm leaving with my eyes open. I highly recommend this course to others."
Jack Robinson - Maintenance Technician II - Smurfit Stone Container

"Excellent overview of boiler operations and maintenance. Instructor is very knowledgeable."
Greg Knecht - Applied Engineering

"Excellent and accommodating. I am returning to my factory with a wealth of new knowledge."
Richard D. Phillips - Factory Electrician - Delphi Delco

"I have learned a considerable amount about boiler safety. I definitely feel I have to change the way some things are being done with boilers on our property."
Don Steuart - Maintenance Engineer - J. Medve Group

"Outstanding presentation. No sleeping in this class!"
Tom Onuschak - Eastwood Printing

Download your Boiler Operator's Study Guide here!

Purpose of Seminar

This course was created to bring students up to speed in boiler operation and maintenance practices as quickly and safely as possible. It was designed to help take the mystery out of wondering if your boiler is safe and operating efficiently, and provides maintenance technicians and others the confidence and comfort level needed for operating and maintaining their own boilers. For the novice technician needing a well-rounded education to the experienced stationary engineer who needs a refresher course for continuing education, this training program provides a no-nonsense, practical and real world approach for boiler operation, maintenance and safety.

Overall, this program is designed to extend boiler life, improve boiler efficiency, and save energy costs for the employer, while establishing a culture of safe work practices among the employees.

Who Should Take Our Boiler Maintenance Course?

This course is designed for anyone who needs to understand fundamental boiler operation in order to improve efficiencies and safety at their industrial plants or large building facilities. Individuals involved with residential hot water systems will also find this course extremely valuable.

This course typically gets attendees come from a wide variety of industries, skill levels, company sizes, and job titles. So everybody who has an interest in boilers fits in.

The following personnel will benefit from our boiler training seminar:

  • All building maintenance personnel
  • All plant & facility maintenance technicians
  • Building engineers
  • Building managers & superintendents
  • Plant & facility managers
  • Environmental health & safety personnel
  • Apprentice and experienced boiler technicians
  • Stationary engineers
  • Energy management personnel
  • Multi-craft & cross training personnel
  • Mechanical engineers
  • Any person needing a basic course in boiler systems!

As well, it will benefit those who work in:

  • Manufacturing plants
  • Commercial buildings
  • Hospitals
  • Waste water facilities
  • Schools
  • Government buildings
  • Research facilities
  • Shopping centers
  • Apartment buildings

Course Overview

Students are introduced to a variety of topics during this training program, including:

  • How and when to schedule preventive maintenance procedures
  • Important differences when working with high pressure and low pressure boilers
  • Differences between firetube and watertube boilers
  • The primary boiler components, how they work and what they do
  • Operating pressures and temperatures of cast iron boilers
  • Important differences when working with steam boilers and hot water boilers
  • Applications and service of electric boilers
  • Four major safety perils associated with boilers
  • Common boiler accidents and how to avoid them
  • Causes and prevention of furnace explosions
  • Dangers of low water and other poor water conditions
  • How to properly inspect your own boiler
  • How to conduct your own efficiency tests
  • How to troubleshoot & fix common boiler problems
  • How to conduct waterside and fireside maintenance
  • Boiler design and construction codes and standards
  • How to safely and efficiently operate your boiler
  • Burner operations and combustion control systems

Training Outcomes

We have analyzed the work of the boiler technician extensively to create a course that
attendees are certain to find useful the minute they get back to their jobs. When they
return to work you can expect them to present a training certificate indicating he or she
has successfully learned about:

  1. The fundamentals of boiler operations and system heat transfer
  2. The different boiler types: firetube, watertube, sectional, condensing
  3. The identification of and purpose of primary and auxiliary boiler system components
  4. Safe start-up and shut-down procedures
  5. How to maintain safe operating pressures and temperatures
  6. Combustion essentials – the fuel and air mixture
  7. The major hazards associated with boiler operation and ways to avoid them
  8. Boiler codes & standards as applied to your boiler
  9. How to prepare for a boiler inspection
  10. How to conduct boiler inspections and efficiency tests
  11. How to create a preventive maintenance program
  12. How to increase boiler efficiency
  13. How to use combustion efficiency equipment and what the readings mean to your cost of operation
  14. Proper water treatment for your boiler
  15. How to give your boiler a “tune-up”
  16. Troubleshooting and fixes for common boiler problems
  17. Looking for signs of and preventing boiler failure

Discussion Topics

DAY 1 of this program has been designed to give the student a broad introduction to boilers, including every-day operation & important safety practices. The course is a great overview for maintenance technicians, multi-craft tradespeople, building managers, stationary engineers or anyone who wants to improve their boiler maintenance and operation skills. Understanding basic boiler operation & safety is the goal of the first day of this training course.

Boiler Fundamentals

  • Firetube Boilers
  • Watertube Boilers
  • Cast Iron Boilers
  • High Pressure Boilers
  • Low Pressure Boilers
  • Steam Boilers
  • Hydronic Boilers

Fundamentals Of Combustion & Heat Transfer

  • Theory of Combustion
  • Thermodynamics
  • Steam Tables

Burner Operation and Control

  • Gas Train
  • Oil Train
  • Standard Burner
  • High Turndown Burner
  • Burner Controls

Boiler Operation and Testing

  • Operator Licensing and Certification
  • Start-Up and Shut-Down
  • Normal Operation
  • Valve Types
  • Safety Valves
  • Low Water Cutoff Controls

Boiler Room Safety

  • Boiler Accidents
  • Cause and Effect

Cause and Effect Case Study

  • Safety Valves
  • Confined Spaces
  • Lockout/Tagout

DAY 2 is designed for people who have already taken day one, or already have a good foundation in boiler operation and safety. In this second day, students will learn about important inspection, maintenance and burner efficiency practices for their commercial, industrial and utility boiler systems. Construction design standards, boiler inspections, operating control testing and general troubleshooting tips will all be discussed. The second day of this program is designed to help you get the maximum life out of your boiler while keeping it running as efficiently and safely as possible.

Construction and Design Standards

  • ASME Codes
  • NFPA Codes
  • NBIC Code

Controls and Safety Devices for Automatically Fired Boilers

  • Water Level Control
  • Temperature Control
  • Pressure Control
  • Fuel Trains

Inspection and Maintenance Of Commercial And Industrial Boilers

  • Fireside
  • Waterside
  • Burner
  • Auxiliary Equipment

Boiler and Burner Efficiency

  • Heat Exchanger Efficiency
  • Combustion Efficiency
  • Efficiency Tests
  • Condensate Return
  • Steam Traps


  • Burner
  • Controls
  • Additional

What You Will Take Home

  • An American Trainco Seminar Manual detailing all boiler operation, maintenance, and safety material covered in the class;
  • Personalized Boiler Operation, Maintenance & Safety Certificate with 0.8 American Trainco Continuing Education Units for each day attended, 1.6 for both days,; and
  • All the information you need from asking our instructors specific questions about your boiler equipment and system needs.

Optional ATMT Certification® Testing

An optional ATMT® Certification exam is available for this boiler maintenance course. Students may take it online or as a written test any time after the class is over. Please visit ATMT® Testing and Certification for more information.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

All students attending our seminars receive a personalized Certificate of Completion and .8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) per day of training. Over 40,000 employers and government agencies who have sent their employees to our classes accept American Trainco CEUs for continuing education requirements. Our administration and record keeping practices meet or exceed the standards of ACE (American Council on Education) and we are able to provide transcripts of all classes attended and tests taken by individual students. Please contact us if our CEUs are not yet accepted by your authority. We will initiate an application to get the approval process started.

In House Training

You can bring this or any American Trainco seminar directly to your plant or facility. We offer dozens of courses covering a broad range of maintenance and maintenance management topics. Our expert instructors are among the most experienced in the industry and can modify or customize training programs to meet your specific needs - whether you need a short refresher course or an in depth program that focuses on your equipment and processes. In house training reduces the training cost per employee and limits the time required away from work. There are several other advantages of in house training as well.

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United States and Canada

If you're not yet sure you'll be able to attend a seminar, you can still make a reservation to hold your space in class. While payment is due prior to the start of the seminar, you may choose a full refund or credit for cancellations made at least 24 hours in advance. Student substitutions can also be freely made at any time prior to the start of the seminar. Refunds will not be issued for registered attendees who fail to show up and have not given a notice of cancellation.

In the rare event that should you not receive the expected value after attending our seminar, simply notify us in writing of your reasons and your money will be promptly refunded.

International and Overseas

If you're not yet sure you'll be able to attend a seminar, you can still make a reservation to hold your space in class. However, payment for international and overseas students must be made prior to the start of the seminar, in U.S. dollars, and all seminar fees are non-refundable. Student substitutions can be freely made at any time prior to the start of the seminar. American Trainco’s Money-Back Guarantee does not apply for international and overseas registrations.

Please contact us if you have any questions about this boiler maintenance course or any of our other HVAC, A/C&R, hydraulic, facility management, or electrical seminars.

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