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2024 – 2025

Stationary Engineering

Beverly Rebelo, Academy D Administrator – Ext. 632

Course & Program of Studies

Statement of Purpose

The Stationary Engineering Freshman Exploratory course is an introduction to electrical power generation, and product manufacturing using steam as a conveyor of heat. Students learn about electrical generation, and the associated auxiliary equipment needed for safe and efficient electrical production. Students will engage in learning activities associated with thermal, mechanical, chemical, and electrical projects, in association to industry accepted standards.

Students will construct pipe and tubing projects according to diagrams provided by the instructor. The mechanical projects will include necessary valves, fittings, and pressure gauges, used to connect different materials used in the power generation field. Students will be instructed in all phases of mechanical piping support systems, and the various valves needed to stop, start, and control flow of fluids used in Stationary Engineering.

Students will learn about power plant pay scales, benefits packages, working schedules, and areas of advancement. to the particular student interest, such as; mechanical engineering, operations, equipment installation and repair, chemical water treatment, or electrical engineering.

Students welding

Sophomore Program

The Sophomore Stationary Engineering Maintenance is a 90-day course, where students learn the theory and skills required to safely perform maintenance procedures in a power plant setting. The course provides the student with knowledge of how to install and maintain valves, pressure gauges, pumps, pressure regulators, and auxiliary equipment needed in a power plant. Students construct various piping projects with components necessary to simulate the systems of a power plant. Individual components such as pumps, pressure regulators, and steam traps, are disassembled, rebuilt and assembled back to working order. An overall written description of the function of all associated steam plant equipment is given and maintained in a portfolio and notebook. This course provides the student with the skills necessary to be able to function in a safe efficient manner in a live steam power plant in junior year.

Junior Program

Junior Stationary Engineering Course trains junior students in basic principles pertaining to how to safely and efficiently operate boilers and auxiliaries in a live boiler plant. Students will obtain basic knowledge and skills to help them acquire their Massachusetts 2nd class fireman’s license. An increase in population requires more power plants to meet the electrical needs; this results in a growing demand for highly skilled boiler operators.

The Steam Engineering junior’s course provides instruction on how to safely and efficiently operate boilers and auxiliary equipment. This course is designed to introduce students to various types of valves, pressure gauges, steam traps, pumps and boilers; it is taught using a live running boiler plant that provides the hot water, heating and air conditioning throughout the school. Students will learn the basics of thermodynamics, thermo-hydraulic and pneumatic controls; they are instructed on how to do basic system schematic drawings of boiler room systems as well as trade related drawings. This course is intended to give the students the basic skills and knowledge to help them obtain their Massachusetts 2nd class Fireman’s license; it is a full year course that covers approximately 540 hours of instruction.

Senior Program

Senior Stationary Engineering Course is a 90-day course which consists of 10-9-day cycles. This course will instruct seniors to develop sound operating and technical skills in a live running boiler plant. Students will obtain advanced training and hands on skills to help them obtain their Massachusetts 2nd Class Fireman’s License. An increase in population requires more power plants to meet the electrical needs, this will result in a growing demand for highly skilled boiler operators.

The Stationary Engineering senior’s course provides instruction on all facets of steam boiler operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting. Common boiler auxiliaries and operating techniques are covered in detail, and safety and efficiency of operation are stressed.

Information about modern boiler water treatment techniques, construction and repair methods, waste heat recovery, controls, fuels, and draft will also be covered. Mathematical formulas used in boiler plant operation will be given with examples that show step-by-step procedures to follow.

Steam equipment
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