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High Pressure Boiler Operating Engineer

How To Become A New York City Licensed
High Pressure Boiler Operating Engineer

SECTION 1: EXAM GUIDELINES

In order to obtain a High Pressure Boiler Operating Engineer License, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be at least eighteen (18) years old

  • Be able to read and write the English language

  • Have good moral character so as not to adversely impact your fitness to perform the duties and responsibilities of a High Pressure Boiler Operating Engineer

In addition, applicants must also meet one (1) of the following levels of experience:

  • Have been employed as a fireman, oiler, general assistant, journeyman, boiler maker or a machinist under the direct and continuing supervision of a Department-licensed High-Pressure Boiler Operating Engineer in a high-pressure plant or buildings in New York City for five (5) years within seven (7) years prior to the application date

  • Have received a degree in mechanical engineering from a school or college recognized by the New York State Department of Education and have one (1) year of experience in the operation of and maintenance of high-pressure boilers under the direct and continuing supervision of a Department-Licensed High-Pressure Boiler Operating Engineer in New York City within two (2) years prior to the application date

  • Have held for at least four (4) years an engineer certificate from a board of examining engineers duly established and qualified pursuant to the laws of the United States, any state or a territory; or held a marine engineer certificate for at least four (4) years from the United States Coast guard. You must also have ate last one (1) year of experience in New York City in the operation and maintenance of stationary high-pressure boiler plants under the direct and continuing supervision of a Department-licensed High-Pressure Boiler Operating Engineer within seven (7) years prior to the application date;

Note: The applicant must include in his/her application a signed statement that he/she is the person named on the said certificate and statements from at least three (3) licensed High-Pressure Boiler Operating Engineers employed in New York City at the time of making such signed statements that the applicant is the person named in the said certificate.

  • Have at least five (5) years of experience in the direct supervision, care, operation and maintenance of a steam generating plant of a governmental building with boilers that have at least one-hundred and fifty (150) horsepower and have one (1) year of experience working with high-pressure boilers under the direct and continuing supervision of a Department-licensed High-Pressure Boiler Operating Engineer in New York City within seven (7) years prior to the application date.

  • Have successfully completed at least a two (2) yearlong registered, approved apprenticeship training program recognized by the New York State Apprenticeship Council and have had at least three (3) years of experience in the operation and maintenance of high-pressure boilers under the direct and continuing supervision of a Department-licensed High-Pressure Boiler Operating Engineer in New York City within seven (7) years prior to the application date

Note: Please see the full text of Title 28 of the New York City Administrative Code for all the qualifications requirements

SECTION 2: APPLYING FOR THE EXAM

You must pass a written and practical exam in order to become a High Pressure Boiler Operating Engineer.

Written
You must complete the exam application (LIC41), check the box that indicates you are a High Pressure Boiler Operating Engineer candidate and submit the application with the $525 fee to the Department (see contact information below).

Practical
After passing the written exam, you must apply to take the practical exam (LIC42). To do this you must complete the exam application, check the box that indicates you are a High Pressure Boiler Operating Engineer candidate and submit the application with the $350 fee, payable by money order only, to:

NYC Department of Buildings
Licensing Unit – Exams
280 Broadway, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10007

SECTION 3: SCHEDULING YOUR EXAM

After submitting your exam application, you must next schedule your exams.

  • If your application is accepted, you will receive an email from the exam administrator in three (3) to four (4) weeks with instructions on how to schedule your exam. Exams are given at several different locations in the City

  • The written exam consists of multiple-choice questions that assess your knowledge of the NYC Administrative Code. You will not be allowed to use reference materials during the exam

  • If you pass the written exam, you will then be scheduled to take the practical exam

  • If you pass the practical exam, you will receive a letter notifying you of your exam score in approximately five (5) weeks

SECTION 4: BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION

In order to become a High Pressure Boiler Operating Engineer, you must also pass a background investigation by submitting the below documents, in person and by appointment only, to the Department at:

Licensing Unit
NYC Department of Buildings
280 Broadway, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10007

  • Typewritten LIC2 license application

  • Examination Score Report Form

  • Notarized Background Investigation Questionnaire

  • Experience Verification Forms from all supervisors for the years you are claiming as experience

    Note: Experience Verification Forms from company Human Resources will not be accepted

  • Social Security History of Earnings for the years you are claiming as experience

    Note: There is a fee charged by the Social Security Administration for this service. You must request the report to be run by “company name”. You may request the information by mail or in person (ordinarily you can receive this instantly in person).Visit (http://www.ssa.gov/online/ssa-7050.html) for more information

  • Photo ID (driver license)

  • Original Social Security Card

  • Original birth certificate, current passport or Green Card

  • Proof of residence with a utility bill, lease or deed

    Note: Cell phone bills will not be accepted

  • Latest pay stub or W-2

  • Two (2) passport sized photographs

  • Child Support Certification Form

  • $500 background fee

  • $91.50 Money Order made payable to DCAS (Fingerprint fee)

SECTION 5: APPLYING FOR YOUR LICENSE

Once you have passed the exams and background investigation, you need to apply for your High Pressure Boiler Operating Engineer license.

  • If you pass both exams and the background investigation, you will be notified in writing by the Department’s Licensing Unit that you are eligible to apply for a High Pressure Boiler Operating Engineer license

  • You have one (1) year from the date of that letter to begin submitting the required documents for your license. If you do not complete the process within one (1) year of the date on the letter, you will be required to retake the exams

  • You must make an appointment to apply for a license by calling the Licensing Unit at (212) 393-2259. All documents submitted must be originals; copies will not be accepted. Candidates without appointments will not be seen

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