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06/20/2007 8:14 PM  

Does experience on boilers outside of Minn count for license?

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06/20/2007 8:19 PM  

Generally, yes.  There is no reciprocal agreement with other states so you will need to take the Minnesota exam but your experience should allow you to take the test.

Is your experience below 15 psig or above 15 psig?

How many years experience do you have?

Does your experience include operating steam engines of any type?

I will ask the Chief Inspector to comment as well to confirm the accuracy of this post.

 

Reed


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06/20/2007 8:20 PM  

Reed you are correct.  Experience gained in another state may be used for operating experience to test for a higher class license in Minnesota.  The highest class license you can test for with out-state experience is a First Class.  You must hold a First Class license for at least one year before you are elligible to test for a Chief's License.

Joel T. Amato

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06/20/2007 8:22 PM  

Thanks Joel.  It should be also be noted that the 1 year requirement only comes in if you have 4 or more years of experience out of state.  If not, it requires 3 years of experience to test for a 1st class or 5 years to test for a Chief. 

In other words, if you take your test for 1st class as soon as you have 3 years in you will need 2 more years of experience to test for the chief license.

It should also be noted that most people don't need a high-pressure chief license.  If they have one it is usually used as a 1st class.  A 1st class license allows you to operate any plant and many times a chief is hired from within so when you are looking for a job the most important license is the 1st class.

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06/20/2007 8:23 PM  

Thanks, I have 20+ years experience. 7 yrs on 300 hp Burham 3 pass HRT Low Pressure sawdust.  7 years also on High Pressure Henry Voght Water Tube. Also sawdust. Last 10 yrs I have been running a 5 man HVAC crew with smaller Hydronic neighborhood systems for the Louisville Metro Housing Authority.

 I am no longer learning at my required pace. I need to expand my horizons. Kentucky has inspector job, but doesnt pay.

Thank you for the info.  What is the recommended reading list for this exam?

In Ohio they use 'Steam Plant Operation'  Woodruff,Lammers, & Lammers. 

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06/20/2007 8:29 PM  

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.

 

Reed


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