What Qualifications Do You Need to Take the Stationary Engineer Exam?

Qualifications for the stationary engineer exam depend on the level of licensure sought. Entry level stationary engineer exams require a high school diploma or a graduate equivalent diploma. Exams for higher levels of state and local licensure ask for documented work experience, educational certification, degrees or military experience. National licensure requires graduation from an accredited engineering program and completion of a professionally proctored exam.

At the state or local level, qualifications for the exam to move from an entry level stationary engineer job require at least six months of work experience and three hours of continuing education. To get to the next level, a requirement of two years' work experience, a combination of a year of work and six hours of continuing education, or a military engineer's certificate must be met. The third level of stationary engineer licensure requires either three years of work, a four-year degree in mechanical engineering, a pre-existing license as a professional engineer or a military engineer's certificate. The final level of state or local licensure has the same degree requirements plus five years of work experience.

Stationary engineers are responsible for the operation of boilers, engines and mechanical equipment that supplies buildings and industrial complexes with utilities. They are typically employed in manufacturing or hospital environments. Stationary engineers often have shift work schedules, and their average annual salary is around $55,000.