How to become a Boiler Attendant

Boiler attendants operate and maintain boilers used to supply heat or steam to power machines.

Personal requirements of a Boiler Attendant

  • Enjoy practical and manual activities
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • alert and safety-conscious
  • good at mechanical activities.

Duties & Tasks of a Boiler Attendant

Boiler attendants may perform the following tasks:

  • start equipment and adjust controls
  • monitor temperatures, pressures and fuel delivery equipment
  • clean and service boilers and flues and condition water by adding chemicals
  • carry out minor maintenance on valves and pipelines
  • maintain safety and take remedial action in emergency situations.

Working conditions for a Boiler Attendant

Boiler attendants usually work in conditions that are clean and well-lit. However, the boiler room can become very warm, noisy and greasy. Shift work may be required.

Avg. weekly wage:

$1,886

Future growth:

Moderate

Employment by state:

ACT 0.4%

NSW 27.4%

NT 0.9%

QLD 24.1%

SA 7.2%

TAS 3.4%

VIC 18.1%

WA 18.4%

Hours worked:

49

Unemployment:

Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 92%

Female 8%

Education level:

Not completed Year 12: 9.5%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 16.7%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 38.8%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 5.9%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 4.1%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 1.2%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.1%

20-24 - 6.1%

25-34 - 26.8%

35-44 - 22.6%

45-54 - 19.5%

55-59 - 8.2%

60-64 - 7.1%

65 and Over - 9.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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