Occ. Code 7818200


New York State Department of Civil Service

Classification Specification


Boiler Inspectors apply technical knowledge and skills to plan, schedule, and conduct regulatory safety inspections of both commercial and domestic power and heating boilers to ensure safe operating conditions and compliance with applicable laws and industrial codes. These positions are classified only in the Department of Labor's Division of Safety and Health.


BOILER INSPECTOR: entry level field position; conducts safety inspections; investigates boiler-related accidents or complaints.

SENIOR BOILER INSPECTOR: first supervisory level; directs a staff of Boiler Inspectors in an assigned district office; performs the more complex inspections and investigations; participates in inspecting the most complex installations.

SUPERVISING BOILER INSPECTOR: one-position class; assists in planning and directing the Statewide boiler inspection program.

CHIEF BOILER INSPECTOR: one-position class; plans and directs the Statewide boiler inspection program.


Safety and Health Inspectors conduct inspections of selected work sites, such as State, county, and city office buildings, hospitals, correctional facilities, sewage treatment plants, ski areas, carnivals, fairs, amusements parks, explosives magazines, and power scaffolds, to assure conformance with established standards, identify unsafe conditions and work practices, and protect workers and the public. These positions are classified only in the Department of Labor.

Gas and Petroleum Inspectors are responsible for the inspection of pipeline construction. They report violations of construction standards and operating or maintenance procedures and inspect pipe handling, welding, coating, tests for strength and leaks, electrolytic protection, and the backfill of trenches. They investigate accidents relating to gas, steam, and liquid petroleum pipeline operations, maintenance practices and procedures, and violations of applicable codes and standards.

Industrial Hygienists conduct occupational health inspections of office buildings or facilities operated by the State or private sector companies to determine or advise on compliance with applicable State and federal health standards. These inspections are concerned with identifying complex occupational health hazards, particularly those associated with exposure to toxic or explosive chemicals and substances in the form of dusts, fibers, fumes, mists, vapors, and gases, and other hazards, such as noise and vibrations, extremes of temperature and humidity, light of various types, and other physical energies.


BOILER INSPECTOR: under the supervision of a Senior Boiler Inspector, inspects the less complex boiler installations; conducts regulatory inspections of high and low pressure boilers to ascertain condition and safe method of operation and removes from service and tags unsafe boilers; approves initial start-up of newly installed boiler systems and certifies the safety of existing installations; performs tests and makes calculations to determine the bursting point and safe working pressure of boilers; administers hydrostatic pressure tests on new and repaired boilers; conducts safety inspections of boilers under construction to assure compliance with prescribed specifications; advises management personnel on safety practices and methods of correcting violations; directs owners, power plant operators, and maintenance personnel in the preparation of boilers for inspection; maintains records and submits written reports of inspection; anticipates any unsafe conditions and determines corrective action; conducts investigations as a result of accidents or complaints; determines the condition of braces, straps, tubes, shells, and all other internal and external boiler parts; maintains boiler records; checks the safety condition of runways, ladders, stairways; and exits in boiler rooms; examines pressure vessels to determine their applicability to code requirements; calculates the allowable working pressure of a boiler to assure compliance with code requirements and safety; visits new or renovated buildings to determine code jurisdiction; and documents ownership of boilers and pressure vessels by examining legal records for prosecution purposes.

SENIOR BOILER INSPECTOR: under the direction of the Supervising Boiler Inspector, supervises a staff of Boiler Inspectors in conducting regulatory inspections of high and low pressure boilers; reviews workload and assigns inspections; conducts the most complex inspections; accompanies staff members to inspection sites to assure that inspections are being conducted according to specified procedures; conducts informal conferences with repair firms and owner/operators regarding the issuance of Commissioner's violations; reviews inspectors' violations to determine if violations are valid and the intent of the code is met; reviews final form of proposed recommendations and compliance methods; represents the agency at the compliance conferences; prepares cases for use by the Attorney General's Office by collecting background information and providing expert witness testimony; maintains records on the district's test equipment and assigns equipment to field staff; trains and evaluates staff; assists mechanical engineers, contractors, installers, and owner/operators in their review of new and existing applicable codes and standards; reports recurring problems which may result in program or inspection policy changes; reviews daily work summaries and determines if all inspections and sites are properly surveyed and applicable orders issued; investigates boiler accidents; prepares any necessary reports; and monitors insurance company inspectors to determine the quality of inspection and follows up as needed.

SUPERVISING BOILER INSPECTOR: under the supervision of the Chief Boiler Inspector, assists in directing the Statewide boiler inspection program; assigns and supervises the work of staff; serves as an advisor to the hearing officer at the Industrial Board of Appeals and at public hearings; develops and conducts in-house training programs; assures that staff is trained on new boiler manufacturing and safety control techniques; conducts shop reviews of boiler repair companies that perform commercial repairs to boilers in accordance with applicable rules; monitors inspections performed by insurance company inspectors; and coordinates and prepares all applicable reports.

CHIEF BOILER INSPECTOR: under the supervision of the Director of Occupational Safety and Health, directs, coordinates, and evaluates the operations of the Statewide boiler inspection program; represents New York State as a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and of the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors; represents the Department of Labor as the technical expert in all boiler related activities, including qualifying insurance company inspectors and appearing before the Industrial Board of Appeals and at hearings relative to revocation or suspension of Boiler Inspector Certificates of Competency; and meets with community officials, labor organizations, industrial managers, and other interested parties concerned with boiler safety code implementation.



Open Competitive: a High School education plus four years of satisfactory experience in boiler installation and inspection, boiler shop practice, or operation and full maintenance of boiler operating at minimum pressure of 15 PSI, including all firing apparatus and control devices; OR an Associate's Degree in engineering technology and two years of the required experience; OR a Bachelor's Degree in marine or mechanical engineering.


Promotion: one year of permanent service as a Boiler Inspector.


Promotion: one-year permanent service as a Senior Boiler Inspector.


Promotion: one-year permanent service as a Supervising Boiler Inspector.

Date: 3/98