Facility Operating Engineer - First Class

ASOPE® offers an opportunity to obtain a Facility Operating Engineer - First Class license. A list of qualifications that are required to receive your Facility Operating Engineer - First Class license are outlined below. Requirements include a minimum age of 18 years, a high school diploma (or GED equivalent), and two years minimum experience in the field operating engineer sector at this level. 

If all qualifications are met, you will be required to schedule an exam. The exam consists of a wide range of curriculum including, but not limited to, facility motor operation and maintenance, advanced boiler maintenance, and pump and valve maintenance. Upon completion of the Facility Operating Engineer - First Class license exam, an ASOPE® representative will notify of a "pass" or "fail" status. If failed, you will be offered additional opportunities to retake the exam. Please review our Failed Test Procedures to learn more.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Facility Operating Engineer - First Class license, please contact the ASOPE® national office.


  • Minimum age - Adult
  • Education - High School Diploma, GED or equivalent
  • Experience - Two years
  • Minimum time in previous grade - One year
  • Examination - Written (Oral or Practical when necessary)
  • Maximum Boiler Size 2000 HP
  • Maximum Refrigeration (Chiller) 5000 tons

Curriculum at the Minimum:

  • Advanced Mathematics
  • Advanced Electrical Equipment Diagnostics
  • Facility Motor Operation and Maintenance
  • Facility Lighting Efficiency
  • Advanced Fuels Combustion and Efficiency
  • Gas and Oil Fuel Systems Operation and Maintenance
  • Boiler and Steam System Operation
  • Steam System Efficiency
  • Advanced Boiler Construction
  • Intermediate Physics and Chemistry
  • Advanced Boiler Maintenance
  • Advanced Burner Safety and Operating Control Systems
  • Heat Engines
  • Heat Recovery Systems
  • Facility Water Usage and Efficiency
  • Emergency Diesel Generator Operation and Maintenance
  • Pump and Valve Maintenance
  • Facility Energy Efficiency
  • Facility Building Heating and Cooling Systems Control Optimization
  • Facility Refrigeration Systems Operation and Maintenance
  • Air Compressor Operation and Maintenance
  • Facility Pneumatic and Electrical Controls Operation and Maintenance
  • Facility Air Quality Control
  • Safety and Environmental Codes
  • Facility Maintenance Management Systems