AUBURN — The Center for Workforce and Professional Development at Central Maine Community College is offering free high-pressure boiler operator training.

The first group is Wednesdays, July 20 to Oct. 17, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at ND Paper in Rumford. Registration is required and 10 seats are available.

The second group is offered Wednesdays, Sept. 7 to Dec. 14, 6 to 9 p.m. in person at CMCC in Auburn. Information and links to register for the program are available at the CMC Connect website.

High-pressure boiler operator training offers a practical approach, knowledge and techniques to power plant operation and is designed to prepare the student to sit for the Maine licensing exam. Upon completion of the course and the required in-service experience, the student can take the exam at CMCC.

The cost of the exam is covered. Prior to sitting for the exam, students must meet the state requirement for in-service experience as a high-pressure boiler operator under a state issued training permit. The average starting wage for a high-pressure boiler operator is $42,000 in the Lewiston-Auburn region.

These programs are funded by the Maine Jobs and Recovery Program. Participants are eligible for one training course and must be at least 18 years of age; possess a high school diploma, GED, or HiSet; and be a U.S. citizen and/or authorized to work in the U.S. Criminal background check required.

COVID-19 vaccinations are required for CMCC campus. Additionally, candidates in the Maine Jobs and Recovery programs must be a dislocated, unemployed, or underemployed worker, or someone whose job has been adversely affected by COVID-19. Underemployed can be considered as working part-time but looking for full-time work or working in an occupation below one’s skill set.

For more information or to register, contact Central Maine Community College’s Center for Workforce & Professional Development at [email protected] or 207-755-5280.

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