BIFCA Training Courses


EMK - The first Dedicated Managers BOAS Training Course.


MatchTech are looking for a BOAS Qualified Operator


Zeeco Europe Ltd Searching for Technical Sales Manager


CEA on Plant & Works Front Cover


CEA featured in the Industrial Process News


Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to Professor Bill Kaye


Emerson Launches 'I Love STEM' to Help Mark 125th Anniversary


Professor Bill Kaye Young Engineer Research Award


SAACKE Boilerhouse Log Book


BIFCA Training Courses

The British Industrial Furnace Constructors Association offer a range of courses designed to help companies educate and inform employees of the skills and knowledge needed to oversee the efficient running of furnace equipment and processes.

Furnace & Burner Controls:

This very popular BIFCA course offers an Introduction to the principles and application of Control Technologies, when applied to air flow, gas flow and ultimately temperature control. The course looks at the different types of control systems used, from the basic hand valve, through butterfly valves and ratio regulators to full PID Controls examining the selection and usage of appropriate controls to increase overall efficiency.

Burner Technology:

This is an ideal course for delegates new to the furnace industry or for those looking to update their knowledge. This popular course is an Introduction to the principles of combustion technology; it looks at maintaining plant efficiency and the latest developments in minimising combustion emissions, with the main focus on high temperature processes the course will cover a wide range of applications.

Introduction to Induction Hardening:

The course has been designed to provide professionals with an understanding of the basic principles of Induction heating and its application to the hardening of ferrous materials. Devised in association with industry experts, this course aims to support and offer guidance to all furnace users who are using or are considering using induction processes.

Industrial Furnace Technology:

This is a two day course and benefits from the academic knowledge and hands on industry experience of its two presenters. This is an ideal course if you have delegates who are new to the industry, or you want to update knowledge and enhance the skills of your workforce.


For more information on BIFCA and these courses go to:

Or you can email BIFCA at:



EMK - The first Dedicated Managers BOAS Training Course.


The first Dedicated Managers BOAS Training Course.

CEA approved training providers deliver pre-assessment training for the Boiler Operation Accreditation Scheme (BOAS) to a standard syllabus; Kiwa Gastec then carry out an independent assessment of the candidate and their test papers and CEA provide the certification and ID card for those that have achieved the required standard.

Many CEA members will know that the BOAS Working Group has been reshaping the BOAS offering which has been streamlined to meet industry’s needs.  Specific categories for the various types of boilers have been redefined along with the test papers that apply to each category:

Category 1. Hot Water Boilers.

Category 2. Shell Boilers (Steam).

Category 3. Water Tube Boilers.

BOAS was originally designed for the Operator to be trained and accredited, with the Manager accreditation being added at a later date.  Within the scheme there is now opportunity for both Operators and Managers to achieve the accreditation.  Managers who are responsible for overseeing the running of boilers, but who don’t actually do the day to day hands on activities, need to know and understand more about the overall operation of the plant than the Operators do. There may be Environmental permits to implement, emission regulations to understand and implement, insurance inspections to organise, repairs and maintenance, Written Schemes of Examination, Risk assessments and PSSR (Pressure Systems Safety Regulation) etc. to manage along with all the other day to day tasks of the Manager.

Mike Cogan, Head of Engineering Training at EMK, (Educational and Environmental Services Ltd) became concerned that Managers who had been trained with operators as part of the same course may not get the opportunity to gain as much knowledge and advice as they otherwise might; there is much more the Manager needs to know about boilerhouse management processes than can be covered during a standard course.

In developing an approach to a dedicated BOAS Managers Course after a few telephone conversations and some brief discussions at assessments, both Mike and assessor David Graham got together for a one-day workshop. They were able to thrash out what was needed to give these very vulnerable Managers what they needed to help them with their responsibilities when managing boiler plant.

EMK held their first dedicated Managers BOAS training course in January 2015.  Though the full CEA BOAS syllabus was covered, Mike has added a lot more pertinent information to his training course dedicated to training boiler house Managers.

During previous courses Mike had discussed the Manager issue with David as well as with other BOAS assessors.  David had commented that many of the newer Manager candidates he assessed found it difficult to assimilate, in detail, all aspects their job.  When involved in pressure plant such as boilers there is a great deal to know.  David said “It soon becomes evident during the Manager Interview that when going over their paper work submitted as evidence you can find numerous anomalies and so many areas that need to be addressed”. He continued “examining Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), for example, has proved to be beneficial; just reading them tells you they do not work, and that’s without going into the individual person’s boilerhouse.  BOAS is only part of the training they require but it has a great opportunity to help improve Managers’ knowledge and understanding. It must be designed to give the Managers exactly what they need: Knowledge and Understanding of the Processes”.  Which is why this bespoke course is now a part of the BOAS product range for EMK.


Feedback from the candidates both during and after the dedicated management course indicated that there were two different stages in the training.  The trainees were mostly experienced Managers and were particularly keen to improve their technical and operational knowledge of the boilerhouse, so that they could more effectively oversee and manage the running of the plant.  They were quite open about their lack of nuts, bolts and valves knowledge and clearly enjoyed learning this part of the BOAS syllabus and said so.

Throughout Mike’s many years of delivering boilerhouse training courses to groups of Operators, their Managers have often taken part.  Mike had never attempted to train the Manager to manage his boilerhouse but the Manager’s presence always helped make for a successful course; there are many good reasons for this.

He gets to carry out a first-hand quality control job on the training he is paying for and he can make sure he gets value for money.

  • His presence ensures his Operators take the course that much more seriously.
  • He experiences an unusual, almost informal forum with his Operators, which is to the Manager’s benefit.
  • The Manager is able to give valuable input due to his knowledge and experience.
  • And finally, he really enjoys the course for its technical and operational content; he re-learns a lot of useful old lessons and goes over a lot of material which he finds tremendously interesting.

One disadvantage is that because the Manager enjoyed the Operator course he felt that it was a benefit to him.  In some ways it was, but did it benefit him in those managerial aspects where he might be vulnerable and need more relevant and more focused training?

The BOAS Manager delegate often thinks he has been trained fully in boilerhouse management but he has only got a part of the overall puzzle.  It has been said by Manager Candidates: “We don’t know what we don’t know”.

As this bespoke course progressed it became very clear that the candidates were not doing their jobs correctly and they knew it. A part of the management section of the course was to review operating procedures as a group activity. The activity took on a life of its own and the group members burst into furious activity and actually wrote up several procedures which were in need of review together with the necessary risk assessments.  On Thursday morning the atmosphere was almost euphoric; the candidates were on a high.  They were actually learning something very important.  They also undertook a very critical review of their management systems in general.  In short Mike said “they got stuck into their job during the course once they learned what it was”. One trainee’s comment was “This has really opened my eyes”. David commented after his assessment of the trainees that “They tore their own management systems apart”.

This was the first dedicated management course delivered by EMK. There is clearly much to be done in developing the course to deliver that which the Managers need to protect their Operators, their plant, the public and themselves.  Mike and David are currently working on developing materials and training strategies which will meet the management trainees’ overall requirements.

Mike put the following question to the CEA BOAS Working Group:

“Should the current BOAS syllabus be modified to produce a special syllabus for Managers?”  Mike’s view is: probably but not just yet.  Many Managers still need to learn about nuts, bolts and valves up to a point, and also the technical essentials of the boilerhouse procedures.  The existing BOAS syllabus does this quite well.  The syllabus also mentions all the important aspects of boiler plant management; the core of the issue is: does boiler plant management need to be taught as a special case scenario?

For now Mike feels we need to deliver more dedicated BOAS Managers’ courses and obtain more feedback and experience to help create a more bespoke Managers course. As mentioned earlier, BOAS is only a part of that puzzle. “We don’t know what we don’t know”. 

David would like to see a more advanced course for Managers only, many of whom would enjoy the challenge and have already put their names forward, but it has to test them to the maximum in responding to questions from the Judge if the worst happens.

When the Judge says “Can you demonstrate what actions you have taken to have prevented this?”  a Manager could be asked: Under the PSSR 2000 Regulation 11 Operation (1) (b) did you provide adequate and suitable instructions for the action to be taken in the event of ANY emergency!!  It’s very open but still needs to be identified and dealt with.  David has seen some great attempts from major companies in addressing this issue and even they realise they may not have covered everything but at least they made a good attempt at addressing it.

David Kilpatrick Director of the CEA  thanked Mike and David for taking this action from a previous BOAS working group meeting, creating this very comprehensive look at the need for bespoke boilerhouse Managers training.  This has clearly been a great success.

Should anybody reading this article feel they would like to take a closer look at this training please contact David Kilpatrick directly.

Tel CEA on 01740 625538

or email



MatchTech are looking for a BOAS Qualified Operator

Matchtech.jpgare looking for a BOAS Qualified Operator

Job Description:

  • Work on manually operated steam boiler
  • 1-2 months work, possibility of a contract extension
  • Based in Dartford
  • Rate £250 Ltd, per day
  • Shift Work, likely to be 12 hour shifts, TBC

For more information please contact:

Steve Carter

Contract Consultant

Water & Environment

t: 01489 898215
f: 01489 898290


Zeeco Europe Ltd Searching for Technical Sales Manager


March 27, 2015

Zeeco Europe Ltd Now Searching for

Technical Sales Manager

Zeeco, the world leader in advanced combustion and environmental systems, has announced it is actively recruiting for a Technical Sales Manager to join Zeeco Europe in the company’s Power Burner Department. Zeeco, whose product lines include ultra-low NOx burners, flaring systems, incinerators, flare gas recovery systems and vapour control systems, continues to report impressive growth as the world’s energy industries build and update existing plants to operate more energy efficiently. Zeeco Europe, based in Rutland, UK, has recently embarked upon a multi-million pound expansion of its facility and now operates an ISO 9001:2008 accredited manufacturing facility and research and testing facility. Do you want to be part of their success?

Responsibilities for the position include:

  • Implementing a sales strategy and driving it to successful completion
  • Meeting and delivering agreed targets through proactive new business development
  • Growing the existing customer base
  • Establishing and executing a budget and technical marketing strategy that focuses on the oil and gas and petrochemical industries
  • Analysing enquiries and optimising offers in coordination with Applications Managers
  • Building relationships with suppliers and service groups to assist our customers and grow business through strategic partnerships
  • Ensuring Zeeco is on the vendor’s list for all Zeeco products
  • Maintaining and improving the Zeeco Quality System whilst adhering to ISO 9001:2008 requirements

The ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • A degree in engineering
  • Proven technical selling and business development experience
  • International and European sales experience and must enjoy regular international travel
  • Strong plant experience
  • Good interpersonal skills, strong organisation, detail orientated

For more information on career opportunities within Zeeco Europe, visit or contact Clare Scott, Resourcing Officer at



CEA on Plant & Works Front Cover

The CEA has been featured on the front cover of Plant & Works Engineering Magazine in their March 2015 Edition, Issue no. 393. To view the entire magazine please click here.

This advertises our Technical Boilerhouse Risk Assessment Conference on 29th & 30th April 2015 at The Hallmark Hotel, Manchester.

We also have another Technical Boilerhouse Risk Assessment Conference being held at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham on 1st & 2nd July 2015.

Both conferences are ran over 2 days, with a practical workshop on the 2nd day. The CEA received lots of very positive feedback about the technical content and quality of the conference, from the first event ran in 2014 at Crawley, Gatwick. 





CEA featured in the Industrial Process News

The CEA is featuring in the Industrial Process News next week (March 23rd 2015), this is our article:

To book or view more information about our conferences and events please click here



Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to Professor Bill Kaye

The Combustion Engineering Association were very proud to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to Professor Bill Kaye (Right) at our Annual General Meeting on 5th March 2015 in the Attlee room at the House of Lords, London. Presenting this award is Lord Chidgey (Left) and Chairman of the CEA, Mr Derry Carr (Centre).


Professor William G Kaye (Bill Kaye) has been connected with energy and combustion for over 50 years. Bill is a Fellow of the Institute of Energy and a Chartered Engineer and was a Director of the British Coal Utilisation Research Association (BCURA) and formerly Assistant Director (Combustion and Pollution Control) at British Coal’s, Coal Research Establishment (CRE), Stoke Orchard.

The Combustion Engineering Association (CEA) has been privileged to work with Bill Kaye as an Honorary Vice President and past Chairman. Bill is currently a visiting professor in Energy Technology and member of the Engineering Research Centre at the University of Glamorgan, assisting with research projects and Post-graduate Research students.

Professor Bill Kaye is keen that the CEA should continue to support the industry through education and training. Bill wanted to add his own personal support and commitment to that end by offering a special Prize for research in combustion engineering; one which the Association is very proud to present on his behalf, the Professor Bill Kaye Award for Innovation and Excellence. 

The Innovation and Excellence Award is aimed specifically at students, graduates or trainees new to the industry, with project entries concerned with novel or innovative research conducted in combustion, combustion engineering and related fields (i.e. Environmental, biomass etc.). Previous winners of this award include 2012 - Ben Myatt, a student who was studying a Masters in Mechanical Engineering at Loughborough University; 2013 - James Wayman, a student in his final year at Aston University reading Mechanical Engineering; and in 2014 - Benjamin Ievins, a Product Design graduate from Brunel University, London. We are currently accepting entries for 2015.



Emerson Launches 'I Love STEM' to Help Mark 125th Anniversary

Highlighting its devotion to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education, Emerson (NYSE: EMR) is launching a new ad, marketing and social media campaign, including YouTube star Hank Green in a television commercial set to launch February 19 on CBS’ The Big Bang Theory. - See more at:

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About Emerson

Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial and consumer markets around the world. The company is comp​rised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies and Commercial & Residential Solutions.



Professor Bill Kaye Young Engineer Research Award

The Combustion Engineering Association (CEA) is now seeking applications for its 2015 Professor Bill Kaye Young Engineer Research Prize and we have contacted many Universities for their help in promoting this opportunity to their most talented undergraduates.

The winner(s) will receive a £500 cash prize and a unique opportunity to attend the awards ceremony at the House of Lords in London. Awardees will have the opportunity to network with high profile industry experts, with the potential for this to lead to permanent job offers after graduation, as well as work placements.

The CEA welcomes entries from a person or group of persons, specifically undergraduates studying engineering. The project entry should be concerned with novel or innovative research conducted in combustion, combustion engineering and related fields. Qualifying projects may be of a pure scientific nature but should be innovations in either: planning, design, manufacture, installation, utilisation and maintenance of an energy-consuming industrial plant.

Suitable applicants will be those who have already demonstrated outstanding aptitude with their studies in addition to a commitment to engineering. Excellent examination results on their own are not enough; we expect suitable candidates to excel in other areas of endeavour including the social aspects of their undergraduate experience.  

More details about the award can be available to you by contacting the CEA office.



SAACKE Boilerhouse Log Book

SAACKE have created a log book, designed for use with a typical steam shell boiler installation with modern controls and equipment. The day per page layout of this log book is to be filled in with the information listed in the tables as applicable and any other information that the trained boiler operator feels is necessary to record in addition to any other noteworthy observations, faults and incidents.


HSE Guidance note BG01 lists information on record keeping in section 8 (BOILER OPERATION). This book has been designed to closely follow the best practice guides and recommendations laid out in BG01 and INDG436 however, it is the responsibility of the Owner/User on the site to ensure that all records are being recorded correctly. For this reason, on completion of a week’s records and operations log, a responsible person must countersign the weekly summary page along with the trained boiler operator.

The day per page layout of this log book has been designed for operation with a ‘Typical Arrangement №2’ installation as listed in BG01. Arrangement №2 is predominately the most common controls arrangement in the UK at present. Should your site still fall within the remit of an Arrangement №1 installation (low integrity water level controls mounted in external chambers), more frequent testing of limiters is required. This will need to be recorded in the ROUTINE OPERATIONS COMPLETED section of the daily log.

ALL tests and records must be completed and recorded by a trained boiler operator. Untrained staff should not work in the boiler-house. For training information and quotations please contact our Head Office in Havant.

Price: £75 inc VAT and P&P direct from SAACKE Spares dept. Please contact SAACKE on: 02392 333814 to enquire. 

For more information please click here



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