Schools for Aspiring Boiler Technicians: How to Choose

Dec 13, 2019

Systems engineering and industrial technology programs can prepare would-be boiler technicians for jobs in the field. To learn more about these programs and the kinds of schools that offer them, keep reading.

Certificates, diplomas and associate's degrees in systems engineering and industrial technology are available through many community colleges and technical schools. Certificate and diploma programs consist of an average of one year of study, while associate's degree programs take two years to complete.

10 Schools with Industrial Technology Programs

Industrial technology programs are offered at the institutions listed here.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)*
Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids, IA 2-year, Public Associate's In-state $4,832; Out-of-state $6,120
Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis, IN 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $4,368; Out-of-state $8,402
GateWay Community College Phoenix, AZ 2-year, Public Associate's In-state $2,070; Out-of-state $7,854
Erie Community College Buffalo, NY 2-year, Public Associate's In-state $5,575; Out-of-state $10,141
Nunez Community College Chalmette, LA 2-year, Public Certificate, Diploma, Associate's In-state $4,175; Out-of-state $7,674
Hawkeye Community College Waterloo, IA 2-year, Public Associate's In-state $5,311; Out-of-state $6,021
Northeast Texas Community College Mount Pleasant, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-district $2,849; In-state $4,709; Out-of-state $6,149
Holmes Community College Goodman, MS 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $3,110; Out-of-state $5,690
Wayne Community College Goldsboro, NC 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $2,524; Out-of-state $8,668
Oakland Community College Bloomfield Hills, MI 2-year, Public Associate's In-district $2,408; In-state $4,472; Out-of-state $4,472

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

School Selection Criteria

Prospective boiler technicians have many things to consider when choosing a training program:

  • Systems engineering and industrial technology programs both include instruction in boiler operation and maintenance, but industrial technology programs also include ventilation, electrical and refrigeration operations.
  • Prospective students should ensure that a program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) and that it can prepare them for any required state licensure exams.
  • A program with more lab time might better prepare students to perform the technical tasks commonly executed by boiler technicians.
  • Individuals should also consider the amount of career guidance offered by a school, including coursework on resume writing and job searching.

Industrial Technology Certificate Programs

These programs typically consist of one year of study. Internships may be available, but are not typically a required component of the curriculum. Students study electrical theory, basic conveyor technology and motor control.

Systems Engineering Certificate Programs

These programs consist of between 17 and 40 credit hours. Students take courses covering the operation and maintenance of high- and low-pressure boiler systems. They also study hydronics technology and direct digital control systems.

Industrial Technology Associate's Degree Programs

Consisting of approximately 60 credit hours, students are required to complete general education courses in math and the sciences in addition to core industrial technology classes. Many programs require participants to complete at least one internship.

Systems Engineering Associate's Degree Programs

These 2-year programs contain general education and field-specific coursework. Topics of instruction can include electrical and plumbing basics, industrial safety, hydraulics and boiler maintenance.

Several institutions offer programs in industrial technology and systems engineering to prospective boiler technicians. When choosing between certificate, diploma or associate's degree programs in this field, consider accredited programs that offer ample hands-on training opportunities as well as career services.

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