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Stationary Steam Courses

We sell here, sir, what all the world desires to have – power.
- Matthew Boulton, Partnered with Inventor James Watts to Manufacture a New Steam Engine.

What is Stationary Steam?

It is no wonder that they named the “watt” after him. James Watts’ new and improved Steam Engine is credited with powering the Industrial Revolution, and as a form of energy, steam is still going strong.  Produced when water-filled containers in engines, boilers or generators are heated with coal or other fuels, steam is then converted into energy to power industrial facilities and large buildings such as hospitals.  It was initially called “stationary” to differentiate it from the steam-powered locomotives and ships that move goods and passengers.

Stationary Steam at Macomb

In Macomb Stationary Steam Courses, offered as part of Macomb’s Applied Technology and Apprenticeship Program, you will be introduced to basic physics concepts including force, pressure, energy and the effect of heat, expansion and contraction on solids and liquids. You will learn about steam boiler operation, including maintenance and repair procedures, and the requirements for good combustion.             

Macomb’s Stationary Steam Courses

Steam - Heat Fundamentals

Steam - Steam Boilers

Career Opportunities with a Certificate or Associate of Applied Science Degree in Applied Technology – Stationary Steam

With an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Applied Technology that includes courses in Stationary Steam, you will be qualified for positions that include stationary steam technician. An apprenticeship and passage of a state licensing exam would then qualify you for positions that include stationary steam engineer or boiler operator. 

Transfer Pathways to a Bachelor’s Degree

The credits earned in Macomb’s Associate of Applied Science Degree in Applied Technology programs transfer to many colleges and universities in Michigan.

If you intend to transfer and pursue a bachelor’s degree, speak with a Macomb counselor or academic advisor as soon as possible after you have applied to Macomb to plan the best pathway.

How do I find out more about Stationary Steam Courses at Macomb?

For more information on Macomb’s Stationary Courses, contact the Applied Technology Department, 586.445.7438 or

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