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Posted by eng on June 01, 2010 at 13:10:59:
In Reply to: Re: Turbine with 5"external diameter steam supply pipe posted by tom stanton on April 05, 2010 at 19:22:07:
Thank you for your replies.
Let me add that as a licensed engineer I am a firm supporter of this license law, as well as a firm believer that all operators of power and energy conversion equipment anywhere should be licensed or certified. This serves to protect the public as well as the owners who have often made large investments in the equipment. Licensing also serves as a means to professionalize the occupation, which leads to greater pay and benefits for the many talented, motivated individuals who would be attracted to pursue this career.
Now I will get to the point of my question.
Whithin the management tree of organizations employing power engineers exist people with mechanical engineering degrees who are all too eager to latch on to any detail for the purpose of discrediting license laws.
My decision to submit the question to the forum came after a discussion with one such individual who pointed to the provision stating that a turbine with a steam supply pipe up to 5" external diameter shall be rated at 150 horsepower, that individual suggesting the license law lacks credibility if that is the type of engineering supporting it.
Perhaps this issue can be resolved by the Board of Boiler Rules.
This could become especially important now that we live in times when we are seeing ever mounting attacks by certain leaders in industry and the state legislature aimed at watering down or even eliminating operator requirements.
: This is a law that went into effect when triple expansion engines were still in use, so you know how old it is. In addition to steam turbines requiring licensed engineers so do high pressure boilers.
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