Mar 14, 2013

FVCC Launches First-class Boiler Engineer License Preparation Course

Flathead Valley Community College has received approval from the Montana Department of Labor and Industry to offer a non-credit “First-class Boiler Engineer–Licensing Preparation” course beginning April 9.


The course is for individuals seeking employment or promotion as high pressure boiler operators who intend to sit for the Montana first-class boiler operator/engineer’s license exam.  A valid Montana third-class boiler operator/engineer’s license or higher and one year experience following licensing are required to enroll in the course.


The course was developed in partnership with F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber as a result of the company’s need to employ first-class engineers to operate a new biomass steam boiler and 2.5 megawatt turbine the company is constructing.  This project is the result of a tax incentive from the Flathead County Commission created by the Montana Legislature and in partnership with Flathead Electric Cooperative.  The course also was launched to fill a need among Montana businesses that hire first-class boiler engineers and have training needs for their current and future workforce to continue operations.  In addition, the course will provide support to continuing oil and gas development that require boiler operators and offer high-paying job opportunities in Montana and across the region.


“This is a great example of collaboration with one of Montana’s educational institutions in which the final product also directly benefits Montana business and citizens,” said David W. Cook, Building Codes Bureau chief for the Montana Department of Labor and Industry’s Business Standards Division.  “The department applauds Flathead Valley Community College for its development of this program.”


“We appreciate the Montana Department of Labor for recognizing the importance of this training and F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber and Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. for their collaboration in making this opportunity available to the workforce,” elaborated Jodi Smith, FVCC’s workforce training director.


The course will be instructed by Bill Hutchens and will involve in-class and field training to prepare students for the first class boiler engineer exam.  Starting April 9, classes will meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. and every other Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at various locations throughout the Flathead Valley.  The cost to enroll in the course is $1,500 plus an estimated $300 for textbooks.

The application deadline is March 29, 2013.  Application packets and additional information is available online at or by contacting the FVCC Continuing Education Center at 756-3832, or at