A Dictionary of Occupational Terms Based on the Classification of Occupations used in the Census of Population, 1921.
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691.—Charge and Shift Engineers

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boiler house engineer, boiler house superintendent (electricity supply)
in charge of steam raising plant; watches pressure gauges to ensure that correct steam pressure is maintained; supervises stokers and sees that fires are regularly fed and that ashes are properly disposed of; supervises minor repairs under general direction of resident engineer (690) q.v. or assistant resident engineer (690) q.v.; usually works during day shift only, corresponding duties during night shift being taken by boiler house shift engineer q.v.
boiler house shift engineer (electricity supply)
in charge of boiler house during shift; sees that plant is running correctly and that steam pressure is maintained; duties generally similar to those of boilerhouse engineer q.v., except that he would not without authority undertake, or order to be undertaken, any but slight repairs.
charge engineer
see shift engineer.
charge hand (electricity supply)
a turbine or engine driver who is directly responsible to charge engineer for operation of turbine plant, and controls and supervises all other drivers; an occasional grade only.
distributing station engineer (electricity supply)
is responsible for mains in streets, and for their regular inspection, testing, maintenance and repair.
engineer, engineer-in-charge (electricity supply)
usually indicates shift engineer q.v.
shift engineer (electricity supply) ; charge engineer, engineer-in-charge
has charge of engines and dynamoelectric machinery in power station during shift, and is responsible to resident engineer or manager (690) q.v. for efficient running of plant during his shift; superintends repairs or cleaning of machines temporarily out of gear; is in charge of switchboard attendants (954), engineroom attendants (954), cleaners (699), stokers (951), etc. q.v.; in larger undertakings, work is shared by boiler house shift engineer q.v.
street lighting engineer (electricity supply)
is responsible to mains engineer (690) q.v. for maintenance of lamps, for change of current or of circuits, etc., and for street lighting generally; visits districts from time to time to ensure that lighting arrangements are satisfactory; superintends work of public lighting foreman (692) q.v.
sub-station engineer (electricity supply)
maintains uninterrupted supply of electricity from sub-station; isolates faulty generators and switches in spare machine; carries out repairs necessary; keeps log giving output of motors and demands upon them; reports faults to resident engineer (690) or chief engineer (690) q.v.; duties somewhat similar to those of resident engineer (690).
turbo house superintendent
a shift engineer q.v. in turbo house, who watches machinery and ensures that motors are carrying their proper loads.
works lighting engineer (electricity supply)
is responsible for efficient running of electricity generating plant for supplying lighting for large factory or works; superintends work of men firing boilers, tending steam turbines, dynamos, transformers, boiler feed pumps, switchboards and similar machinery or apparatus.

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From: A Dictionary of Occupational Terms Based on the Classification of Occupations used in the Census of Population, 1921,
Ministry of Labour, 1927. Digitised by Peter Christian, August, 2016.   This text is in the Public Domain.