Minnesota All Licenses Boiler Operator Exam Prep Class

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Course Dates:July 25 & 26, 2022; Sept 1 & 2, 2022; Nov 1 & 2, 2022; Jan 30 & 31, 2023  

“A” license students should take this class at either location listed below and also sign up for the 3-hour turbine seminar at the Sprung Services New Brighton location. (651) 697-0334 ask for Mallory

The 2-day seminar at PTCC or Sprung Services in New Brighton were designed with one purpose in mind - to help you pass your boiler operator exam. Whether you are taking a Minnesota Special Engineer or the Chief "A" licensing exam, this seminar will cover what you need. The state exam is given through the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. To register for the exam itself, and to find a location that is closest to you, please go to the MN Department of Labor and Industry website:

You are guaranteed to pass! Although our instructors (employed by Sprung Services) have an extremely high pass rate (about 96%). you will be allowed to retake the class AT NO CHARGE if you get less than a passing grade on the state exam (you can take it again at the Pine Technical & Community College location or Sprung’ s New Brighton location, where classes are given more frequently). Sprung Services is the only boiler operations educator in the state offering this type of guarantee.

How qualified are we to teach this class?

The instructors who developed this Prep Class & Teach include:

--Reed Sprung: (teaches occasionally) – Started as a nuclear reactor operator in the navy. CEO of Sprung Services, which is involves in the operations (including consulting) of many hundreds of boiler rooms in Minnesota and throughout the US. Re-wrote much of the state boiler exam bank in 2008. Wrote the exam prep course. Reed has a Chief A license and 35 years of experience.

--Gordy Nordby: Gordy has been teaching boiler operations and maintenance for approximately 20 years. Gordy has over 34 years of experience in the field and currently holds a Minnesota Chief "A" License. Gordy is ASE Certified as a Master Mechanic and Machinist.

-- Bob Hill: Bob is a Minnesota Chief “A" with over 35 years' experience. Bob began his career as a Navy Nuclear Reactor Operator.

Training Outcomes/Program Agenda:

The State will test you on (and the exam prep class covers) the following subjects:

Thermodynamics, Boiler & System Types, Safety Devices, Instrumentation & Controls, Steam Systems, Feedwater Systems. Combustion Theory & Systems, Water Treatment Chemistry, Plant Operations, Plant Maintenance. Code Issues (MN,ASME,NBIC) and Numbers & Calculations.

Day 1 

  • Boiler Types & Construction
  • Thermodynamics I  
  • Thermodynamics II 
  • Combustion
  • Piping, Pipe Fittings, Etc.   
  • Steam, Condensate I
  • Steam, Condensate II
  • Hot Water Heating     

Day 2 

  • Instrumentation & Controls
  • Boiler Operations I  
  • Boiler Operations II 
  • Boiler Operations III 
  • Water Treatment      
  • Maintenance I
  • Maintenance II 
  • Boiler Operations – State Regulations / Code
  • Review / Q&A  

What This Class is:

This class will help you pass your boiler exam. Some study materials will be provided free of charge, but you should plan to take notes during class.. Other study materials can be purchased via the website.

What this class is not:

Unfortunately, two days is not enough time to prepare you for your exam while teaching all the fundamentals of boiler operations at the same time so you should look at the class as an exam prep only. The exam preparation seminar will cover the information needed to pass your exam. However, if you would like additional study materials, we recommend the following books and/or workbooks:

  • For Special Licenses: Safe Boiler Operations Fundamental s Low Pressure (LP) Boilers LP Boilers Study Guide LP Boilers Answer Key
  • For 2nd C.1st C & Chief C: LP Boilers (Steingress). LP Boiler s Study Guide, LP Boilers Answer Key
  • For 2nd B,1st B & Chief B:High Pressure Boilers (Steingress)
  • For 2nd A 1st A & Chief A: High Pressure Boilers (Steingress),.Stationary Engineering, (Steingress)

Our Facilities:

Our classrooms are designed to promote a comfortable learning environment. Many visual aids are integrated into our curriculum.

Special Note: The state must receive your application 15-20 days prior to your testing date. Download an application from our website by clicking on "licensing" on our home page or following the link: http:// The address to send the application is located in the upper left hand corner of the application. It is the student's responsibility to get this boiler license application in to the state. Please note you may also complete the DOLI online exam application form to speed up the application approval process. This website also provides information on the rules and regulations of the boiler industry in Minnesota.

Course Dates: Mar 1 & 2, 2021; May 3 & 4, 2021; July 26 & 27, 2021;September 27 & 28, 2021;November 8 & 9, 2021.

Register online by clicking the green Register for Classes button at the top of this page!

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Contact: Dawn Sandberg at (320)629-5184 or or Di Anna Abrahamsen, at (320) 629-5176 or


Basic Small Engine Maintenance

3/28/22 & 4/11/22 6:30pm-8:30pm 

Course Description:

Basic Small Engine Maintenance carefully details the many systems, tools and parts involved inthe successful maintenance of your small engines.
Come with the general knowledge of what type of equipment you have and our instructor willhelp answer any questions you may have. The instructor will share with the class generalmaintenance everyone should know when putting things away after the summer and how to getthings prepared to use in the fall/winter.
This course is for anyone looking to save money byknowing how to perform general & preventative maintenance on your lawn mowers, weed whips,leaf blowers, tillers, snow blowers, wood splitters etc.

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Basic Welding Training

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This course is designed to give the participant knowledge of welding principles and safety considerations. The course will focus on: developing the basics of wire feed; tungsten inert gas (TIG); gas metal arc (MIG); and shielded metal arc (Stick) welding (SMAW). Brazing, oxyacetylene cutting, and applied blueprint reading will also be covered.

After satisfactory completion, participants will also be able to view a blueprint, interpret it, determine types of welds, and perform various fundamental welding functions. 120 Hours

Course Goals for this 120 Hour Basic Welding Course are

  • Demonstrate knowledge of material selection
  • Identify different base materials
  • Demonstrate set-up procedure of equipment
  • Identify basic welding joints
  • Understand the different perimeter settings
  • Demonstrate arc welding set-up
  • Understand the importance of quality weld factors
  • Demonstrate welding exercises
  • Demonstrate oxyacetylene equipment set up
  • Demonstrate welding rod selection
  • Identify parts of a blueprint
  • Understand differences between brazing and welding
  • Demonstrate set-up procedures for (TIG) and (MIG) welding applications
  • Demonstrate an ability to view blueprint, interpret, and visualize the product
  • Determine welds and material required to manufacture it

Cost: $2,700.00

*Full Funding for those who qualify or a Loan Program may be available to those interested*

Dates: Please contact Dawn Sandberg for details. 320-629-5184 or



Intermediate Welding Training

Gain knowledge of intermediate welding principles & safety considerations to enhance your welding skills for the welding job market. Focus is on wire feed, tungsten inert gas (TIG), gas metal arc (MIG) and shielded metal arc (STICK) welding (SMAW). 120 Hours Pre-requisite is successful completion of Basic/Introductory Welding or by prior approval of Dawn Sandberg.

Course Goals for this 120 Hour Intermediate Welding Course are:

  • Stick welding qualification test for certification
  • Practice vertical up stringer bead with 6010 1/8 diameters
  • Practice vertical up stringer bead with 6010 3/32 diameters
  • Practice vertical up stringer bead with 7018 1/8 diameters
  • Practice vertical cover pass with 7018 1/8 diameters
  • Practice cutting bevels on a steel plate with oxy. acet.
  • Practice cutting bevels on steel pipe with oxy. acet.
  • Practice welding vertical uproot passes with 6010 3/32 diameters
  • Practice welding vertical uproot passes with 6010 1/8 diameters
  • Practice welding vertical up stringer beads with 3/32 & 1/8 7018 rods
  • Practice welding vertical up cover passes with 3/32 & 1/8 7018 rods
  • Practice welding overhead root passes with 3/32 & 1/8 6010 rods
  • Practice welding overhead filler passes with 3/3 & 1/8 7018 rods
  • Practice cutting bevels on different sizes & schedule of pipe
  • Practice welding root passes on a pipe at 45 degree angles with 3/32 & 1/8 6010 rods
  • Practice welding vertical up filler passes on pipes with 3/32 & 1/8 7018 rod at 45 degrees
  • Practice welding cover passes on a pipe with 3/32 & 1/8 7018 rod at 45 degrees
  • Cut test coupons and prepare for bend tests
  • Bend root coupon and face coupon to see if pass or fail condition is apparent

Contact: Dawn Sandberg at 320-629-5184 or


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New Course! Pistolsmithing – Performance Pistol
Course Length: 16 Hours
Course Dates & Times: 5/15/21 & 5/16/21 8am - 4pm both days. 
Cost: $125.00 

Course Description: 

This course is designed for the competitive handgun shooter, or user looking to increase the performance, reliability, and accuracy of their handgun. In this course students will learn the theory of handgun performance upgrades,especially as they relate to safely increasing accuracy, functionality and reliability, and competition use. Students will learn, discuss, and perform practical work on multiple handgun platforms.

Firearm platforms covered include, but are not limited to; centerfire and rimfire models of 1911, Glock, Sig Sauer, Smith & Wesson, Springfield, CZ and Ruger. 

Course Outcomes:

Students will be able to: 

Demonstrate safe handgun handling skills
Describe handgun operation as it relates to various manufactures & model platforms
Describe how modification and aftermarket parts & accessories effect handgun performance
Select safe modifications & implement them to improve handgun performance
Effectively communicate handgun performance upgrade options as they relate in a competition environment 

Required Tools & Supplies:

Eye Protection
Any parts or accessories for modification of Firearm. Main suppliers are Brownells, MidwayUSA or use Google Search. Most common accessories of the 1911 platform include: Barrel bushings, triggers, hammers, sears and grip safeties. For other pistols, the most common accessories include: aftermarket triggers & components, sights, magazine wells, barrels, grips and slides. 

Suggested Tools & Supplies: 

Gunsmithing tool kit available in campus
bookstore OR gunsmithing screwdriver,
punch & hammer kit
Soft vise jaws
Firearm disassembly/assembly manuals 

**Students will be modifying their firearms and must obtain any parts and/or accessories prior to class at their own cost. Students must provide ammunition. Students must not bring firearms or ammunition into the building unless directed by PTCC staff. Students must be eligible to be in possession of a handgun per federal, state & local laws. 

Contact: Dawn Sandberg at 320-629-5184 or

Manufacturing Bootcamp

What is a manufacturing boot camp?

A manufacturing boot camp is a fast-track, short-term training program that offers employers or jobseekers training in workplace skills and techniques, while addressing skill gaps and helping prepare them for employment in the manufacturing industry. 

Why are manufacturing boot camps a good option for employers?

Employers are recognizing manufacturing boot camps as a simple and effective way to help new employees with basic manufacturing skills. Because boot camps are developed to align with high-growth industries such as manufacturing, they are providing employers with a much-needed pipeline to help employees with soft skills and a basic understanding of technical skills.

The boot camp curriculum also focuses on how to be a successful employee in the industry, reinforcing the importance of arriving to work on time, working as part of a team, and focusing on each team member’s role in the quality of the products produced.

To help with the skills gap in the manufacturing industry Pine Technical & Community Colleges CECT Division has created a Manufacturing Bootcamp for New Hires.  These courses are directed towards New Hires or employees that may need to “Sharpen their Skills” in the following areas:

  • Soft Skills
  • Safety Skills*
  • Quality Skills*
  • Print Reading Skills*
  • Technical Math Skills*

*These courses are also a “quick glance” into the Live Online Courses that we have offered at our campus for several years now.  The Live Online Courses are a series of courses that align with the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technology credential.

Please take a look at the attached flyer regarding the Manufacturing Bootcamp for New Hires

For additional information, please contact Dawn Sandberg.   

Dawn Sandberg
Customized Training Program Manager
Pine Technical & Community College
320.629.5184 (Office & Fax)



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