Careers: Utility & Furnace Operator

Utility & Furnace Operator

This job is right for you if….

You like working in an industrial environment and power utility interests you. 

Fast Facts:

Operators are considered to be skilled technicians in the field and have the ability to problem solve and troubleshoot issues. 

What They Do:

Operate or tend heating equipment other than basic metal, plastic, or food processing equipment. Includes activities such as annealing glass, drying lumber, curing rubber, removing moisture from materials, or boiling soap.

Basic Skills:

  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions

They Do Well At Jobs That Need:

  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Self Control
  • Initiative
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Cooperation
Boiler Room – Valve Job

Median Hourly Earnings:


Job Types Include:

  • Furnace Operator  
  • Utility Technician 
  • Heat Treat Operator 
  • Induction Furnace Operator

Maine Based Resources To Get Training: Ultility & Furnace Operator

Entry-Level Education 


Currently, there are several vocational trade schools that have specialized classes in industrial skills. 

Maine Community College System

Community Colleges offer programs that may be of interest to prospective Utility / Furnace Operators like a 16-week Boiler Operator Course.

University of Maine- Electrical Engineering

Maine Maritime Academy – Power Engineering Technology

Post-Secondary Education

NCEES Advancing Licensure for Engineers and Surveyors  –Maine.Gov

Professional Training 

HVAC/R Technician 

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