rESOURCEs For Steam Plant Operators

There are numerous online resources are at your disposal to enhance your career as a steam plant operator. Whether you're seeking informative books, essential industry tools, or even contemplating furthering your education through online courses or local classroom settings, here are a few links to get you started.

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A dedicated Stationary Engineer or Boiler Operator should consistently pursue learning opportunities throughout their career journey. We have gathered a compilation of recommended books endorsed by Lifetime Learning and various professionals across the industry.

Steam Plant Operation

Considered by many as the holy book of steam engineers. This book will be an invaluable reference throughout your career. Has also been shown to help with insomnia.

Boiler Operator's Workbook

Everything you ever wanted to know about boiler operation but were afraid to ask. This book takes the questions and answers format to take complex topics and put them in simple terms.

Stationary Engineering

A great reference guide for the modern steam plant operator in an easy to read format. Great book if you like testing yourself as it comes with over 1,000 questions.

High Pressure Boilers

This and Steam Plant Operation are two books that should absolutely be in any Stationary Engineer or Boiler Operator's library. Now updated with color images.

Low Pressure Boilers

The absolute go to book for anyone in the field of low-pressure boiler operation. Everything you need to know about safe and efficient boiler operation.

HVAC Control Systems

Many Stationary Engineers also find themselves in control of chiller plants and large air handling units. This book will give you the knowledge you need to excel.



Sometimes learning is easier when we are able to put our eyes or hands on things.
The following is a short list of some of the best video and hands-on training that we are aware of.

The Engineering Mindset

The Engineering Mindset is a YouTube Channel chock full of superb information. We highly recommend their playlists on chillers, heat exchangers, and pumps. They also have some great HVAC and electrical videos as well.

Ware Inc.

Ware is actually a boiler rental company, but their YouTube channel is absolutely chocked full of so much helpful information to help us better understand the equipment that surrounds us. Their Boiler U series is great for beginners and seasoned engineer's alike.

W. M. Wilson Co.

If you are looking to advance your knowledge of steam traps and pressure reducing valves, Jeff from W.M. Wilson is the man to talk to. Jeff has been taking care of our classes with regular field trips to his facility in Hinckley, Ohio, and his hands-on environment really is second to none.


Though many of the tools a Stationary Engineer uses are found on the job, there are some that we carry on our person or in our lockers. These are just a few items to get you started. Do you have any recommendations that you think could help make our jobs easier? Let us know.

Caran D'ache
Ballpoint Pen

Gives a whole new appreciation to completing your log books.

Fenix PD35
Tactical Flashlight

If you want a flashlight that looks and feels great. This is your guy.

Safety Glasses

These retro-styled safety glasses allow you to look great while playing it safe.

Reed Tool RF10 Operator's Wrench

Sometimes that valve needs some extra convincing...

Klein Tools
11-in-1 Screwdriver

When you're looking to get your screw on, reach for your Klein.


When you need a little more sophistication than your standard plugs offer.

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Business Address:
Lifetime Learning LLC
P.O. Box 271
Seville, OH 44273

Stationary Engineer Classroom:
UAW Local 1250
17250 Hummel Rd
Brook Park, OH 44142

Low-Pressure Boiler Classroom:
Divinity Lutheran Church
11877 Blossom Ave
Cleveland, OH 44130