Technical Career Field Training Program
Boiler Plant Operator/Utility System Specialist

The TCF Program's Boiler Plant Operator/Utility System Specialist training program consists of two years of specialized training to safely operate VA Boiler Plant equipment and associated controls. Trainees are trained for a challenging career as utility plant instrument and control technicians to possess the skills required for the maintenance and management of utility systems. This includes associated safety devices that ensure fuel-efficient plant operations at VA medical centers.

Program Summary

The purpose of this program is to provide qualified, recent military Veterans and individuals with instrument and controls specialty training or the aptitude to meet the needs of VA medical centers in routine utility plant operations. The objectives of the program include:

  • Essential working knowledge of principles and practices required for the operation of Boiler Plants and related safety devices within VA medical centers;
  • Guidance and resources for the development of knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to achieve professional growth and proficiency in safe utility operations;
  • Support in seeking opportunities for placement in a permanent position upon completion of the program.

Training Specifics

During the two-year training period, trainees will experience on-the-job training, classroom courses, online courses as well as local specialized training, depending on the student's needs. The specialized training is required to develop the knowledge for safe and reliable boiler operations in a medical center environment. Below are some of the training activities provided for TCF Boiler Plant/Utility System Operator trainees:

  • Boiler Plant Essentials course
  • Boiler Operation/Electrical Troubleshooting (levels 1 and 2)
  • Safety Device Testing (increasing levels)
  • Boiler Systems PLUS training course
  • Locally specialized courses as available (per location)

More Training Specifics

Boiler Plant Operator/Utility System Specialist: During the two-year training period, trainees will experience on-the-job training, classroom courses, online courses as well as local specialized training, depending on the student's needs. The specialized training is required to develop the knowledge for safe and reliable boiler operations in a medical center environment. Below are some of the training activities provided for TCF Boiler Plant Operator/Utility System Specialist trainees:

  • Boiler Plant Essentials course
  • Boiler Operation/Electrical Troubleshooting (levels 1 and 2)
  • Safety Device Testing (increasing levels)
  • Boiler Systems PLUS training course
  • Locally specialized courses as available (per location)