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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 seminar is designed to teach building and facility maintenance personnel to not just service their facility’s boiler with safe, repeatable procedures. As a student, you will develop abilities that will reduce the need for outside service contractors, and gain increased confidence and comfort in your ability to operate and maintain your boilers as a result. The seminar is designed to have immediate impact by giving students concrete, practical experience and knowledge that they can take back to their facility and apply immediately at work.

Note that boiler operating license requirements vary by state and locality. Our boiler maintenance training course is not intended to counter or replace these various requirements, but it can help students prepare for licensing exams, to meet continuing education requirements, and provide increased maintenance and safety knowledge for those who are already licensed or approved. Please check with your local licensing authorities to understand licensing laws that may affect you.

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

Topics Covered

  1. How/when to schedule preventive maintenance procedures
  2. Differences between high pressure and low pressure boilers
  3. Differences between firetube and watertube boilers
  4. Primary boiler components
  5. Operating pressures and temperatures of cast iron boilers
  6. Differences between steam boilers and hot water boilers
  7. Applications for electric boilers
  8. Four major perils associated with boilers
  9. Common boiler accidents to avoid
  10. All about furnace explosions
  11. Dangers of low water conditions
  12. How to inspect your Boiler
  13. Conducting efficiency tests
  14. Maintenance troubleshooting tips
  15. Waterside and fireside maintenance
  16. Boiler design and construction codes and standards
  17. How to safely and efficiently operate your boiler
  18. Burner operations and combustion control systems

Training Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will receive a training certificate and 0.8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for each day attended, meaning 1.6 credits for 2 days.

After day one, students will have learned to:

  1. Understand the fundamentals of boiler operations;
  2. Identify boiler components and know what they do;
  3. Properly startup and shutdown boilers;
  4. Operate boilers normally at safe and proper pressures & temperatures; and
  5. Understand the major perils associated with boilers and how to avoid boiler accident and explosions.

After day two:

  1. Understand the importance of codes and standards;
  2. Conduct inspections and efficiency tests;
  3. Properly implement preventive maintenance practices;
  4. Give your boiler a tune up; and
  5. Troubleshoot boiler problems.

Course Outline / Agenda


Boiler Fundamentals, Operation & Safety

Day one has been designed to give the student a broad introduction to boilers, including every-day operation and important safety practices. This is a great overview for apprentice technicians, multi-craft tradespeople, building managers, and anyone who wants to work safely with boiler systems. Students also learn about combustion and heat transfer fundamentals, the different types of boilers, and basic burner control. Discussion will also provide an overview of operator licensing and certification. This seminar will also serve as a valuable safety refresher course for the more experienced technician.

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 & Control

  • Gas train
  • Oil train
  • Standard burner
  • High turndown burner
  • Burner controls

Boiler Operation & 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 & Effect Case Study

  • Safety valves
  • Confined spaces
  • Lockout/tagout

Day Two Discussion Topics

Boiler Maintenance, Inspection, Testing & Efficiency

Day two of our boiler maintenance course is designed for people who have attended day one or already have a good foundation in boiler operation and safety. The focus is on increasing boiler life and reducing energy costs. Students 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 also be discussed.

Construction & Design Standards

  • ASME codes
  • NFPA codes
  • NBIC code

Controls & Safety Devices For Automatically Fired Boilers

  • Water level control
  • Temperature control
  • Pressure control
  • Fuel trains

Inspection & Maintenance Of Commercial And Industrial Boilers

  • Fireside
  • Waterside
  • Burner
  • Auxiliary equipment

Boiler & Burner Efficiency

  • Heat exchanger efficiency
  • Combustion efficiency
  • Efficiency tests
  • Condensate return
  • Steam traps


  • Burner
  • Controls
  • Additional tips

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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