Steam Plant Operations is a good book - particularly the turbine section which you don't actually need. “High-Pressure Boilers” by Steingrass is probably even better. You can buy this book here: http://www.sprungtraining.com/Enroll/tabid/74/CategoryID/10/Category2ID/13/List/1/Level/2/ProductID/59/Default.aspx?SortField=EAN%2cProductName
The pass rates go up significantly if you take the exam prep class with Sprung Training Systems. You can sign up for that here: http://www.sprungtraining.com/Enroll/tabid/74/List/1/CategoryID/62/Category2ID/52/Level/2/Default.aspx?SortField=EAN%2cProductName
It's interesting to me that you are from Kentucky. We held a Kentucky boiler contractor license for a while. We ran the big boilers at the Technology Park. We stopped doing it because it was just too far away to manage.
By the way, your experience would qualify you for a 1st class Grade B license and a Chief grade C license (you can take both tests and hold both licenses at the same time). The B license would allow you to get a decent boiler job. The C license would help more to get something related to the HVAC experience.
With a 1st B you could operate high-pressure boilers of unlimited horsepower as long as they didn't have steam engines. You could also be the “chief of record“ for a high-pressure plant of up to 300 Hp.
The Chief C would allow you to be the chief of record for a low-pressure plant of unlimited horsepower.
You may want to contact us when you are moving to Minnesota or when you take your boiler test. We hire for our own contracts and we also hire as agents for other companies. We currently have about 6 boiler operator jobs open.
I would like to speak to you personally at that time because we are starting a service department that may be a good fit for you. You should also submit your resume to Theresa.
Theresa - (651) 697-0334, extension 101
Me - (651) 697-0334, extension 103 (leave a message for me - I usually am not in the office)
Good luck to you.