Stationary engineers operate and maintain boilers, fans, pumps, air compressors, electric motors, engines, turbines, generators, refrigeration and HVAC systems, diesel engines, and heating systems in commercial and industrial buildings. They monitor boiler water levels and burners, temperatures and pressures, heating, cooling and ventilation systems. Stationary engineers also perform work as custodial engineers and as wastewater and water treatment engineers.


International Union of Operating Engineers

Local 286
Step 1: Verify Eligibility

Required Qualifications
  • 18 years of age
  • High School diploma/GED
  • Physically able
Step 2: Apply
  • Contact local Training Coordinator to obtain list of approved employers
  • Once employed, complete interview with Apprenticeship Committee
  • Submit Application for Apprenticeship
  • Provide transcripts, DD-214
  • Begin apprenticeship
Step 3: Start with local 286
  • 8,000 hours / 4 years on-the-job training
  • Minimum of 144 hours of education each year through local union office and community colleges.
  • Start at 60% of current journeyperson’s rate.
  • Prior experience may qualify apprentice to start above 60% of current journeyperson’s rate.
  • Gain 5% pay increase after every 1,000 hours of on-the-job training (approx. 6 months) plus required schooling.
  • Full 100% journeyperson’s pay after completing the program.
Starting Hourly Base Rate:
Varies based on employer + Benefits + Optional Housing Allowance
Housing allowance can be found using the GI Bill® Comparison Tool


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Estimated Wage Calculator

All calculations based on a 160 hours/month work schedule.

*Contact union local for updated wage information.

GI Bill Usage Breakdown:
100% – 1-6 months
80% – 6-12 months
60% – 12-18 months
40% – 18-24 months
20% – 24-30 months
*Usage Optional
Eligible veterans in an approved Apprenticeship Program can use their GI Bill® benefit and receive a tax-free stipend on a monthly basis. The Post 9/11 GI Bill® stipend is the equivalent of the Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) of an E-5 with dependents (based on the zip code of the training facility) which is paid addition to normal wages. Refer to the chart below to understand how Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefits are paid, or consult the VA website (Link) to see how other VA chapters are paid for Apprenticeship Training.