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Drolet advances with boiler operator license

FORT KENT, Maine — Joseph Bard, director of facilities at Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC), announced that Jason Drolet has successfully completed the requirements for licensure as a boiler operator.

To obtain a high pressure boiler operating engineer license, applicants must meet specific state requirements and must pass a written examination.

Typically, boiler operators are responsible for maintaining heating systems in large buildings in the boiler, engine, and mechanical rooms. They handle equipment such as low-pressure boilers, high-pressure boilers, power boilers, steam boilers, and hot water heating systems.

As a boiler operator at NMMC, Drolet is responsible for maintenance, inspection, service and repair of the hospital’s boiler system which includes the biomass plant. Drolet was required to have six months of training prior to sitting for the state licensing exam. During that time, he was trained and mentored by NMMC’s engineer in charge, Wayne Theriault, who holds a Fourth Class Engineer’s License.

Drolet is the newest member of the Maintenance Department to become licensed. He came onboard at NMMC in 2015 with 15 years of carpentry and maintenance experience. When initially hired at NMMC, his primary responsibilities were in carpentry.

Drolet said, “I love doing what I do — problem solving and helping people when they call.”

He also said the additional training and responsibilities have given him a sense of belonging on the team. Born and raised in Eagle Lake, he stills calls Eagle Lake home where he resides with his wife Fancy and two beautiful daughters, age 2 and 13.

In his leisure time, he describes his interests as a sports enthusiast, not only as an observer, but also as an active participant.

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