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Black Seal Certification

The flagship program of the Training Center, The Externship Program, provides the ultimate starting point for those looking to start a career in the plant operations industry. This unique course provides the combination of advanced classroom training with actual real-world working experience at the same time. The program is designed to establish professional fundamentals using habit-forming on-the-job training. It covers all the best practices for a successful plant professional, including an NJ Black Seal High-Pressure engineer license, given by the NJ Department of Labor, job placement help, and continuous career support. 

The median annual wage for stationary engineers and boiler operators was $60,440 in May 2018. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $36,550, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $96,660.

In May 2018, the median annual wages for stationary engineers and boiler operators in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

Local government, excluding education and hospitals
Hospitals; state, local, and private
State government, excluding education and hospitals
Educational services; state, local, and private

Most stationary engineers and boiler operators work full time. In facilities that operate around the clock, engineers and operators may work either one of three 8-hour shifts or one of two 12-hour shifts on a rotating basis. Because buildings such as hospitals are open 365 days a year and depend on the steam generated by boilers and other machines, many of these workers must work weekends and holidays.

Over the past year, the NJ Department of Labor has spoken at length about the importance of Registered Apprenticeship/workforce development in New Jersey. The district's goal is to create new career pathways with on-the-job learning and to build successful job-ready programs to expand while increasing participation from populations that have historically been underrepresented in our externship programs. It will accomplish this by encouraging and giving the tools for meaningful partnerships between employers and community-based organizations.

​Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy.                                                                              Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics