The Engineering division is responsible for the inspection of boilers, pressure vessels, and other equipment or devices for conformance to safety laws, standards, rules and regulations. The inspectors of this division are also responsible for the safe operation of amusement rides, horse and carriage vehicles, and bungee jumping. In addition to ensuring compliance with safety laws, rules and regulations, it is the responsibility of the inspectors to examine people for the following licenses: Power plant engineers and firemen, oil burner technicians, refrigeration technicians, heavy equipment and hoisting operators, sprinkler fitters, pipefitters, nuclear power plant operators. In the event of an accident, the inspectors make an investigation to determine the cause, and to prosecute violators of the law with regard to the areas.


 


ENGINEERING BOARDS

Bureau of Pipefitters, Refrigeration Technicians, and Sprinklerfitters

Borstel, CharlesChairman / Commissioner
Revill, JenniferPublic Representative
Norton, FrankBoston Refrigeration Contractor Member
Berry, AllanRefrigeration Technician Member
Lally, PaulineUser Member
Fahey, LeoPipefitter Member
Viola, JohnSprinkler Contractor Member
Fishlin, JustinSprinkler Fitter Member
Orr, SharonMechanical Engineer
Dumont, DanNew England Mechanical Contractors Association Member
Kelly, BrianMassachusetts Building Trades Member

Bureau of Pipefitters, Refrigeration Technicians, and Sprinklerfitters Meeting Agendas & Minutes

What is the function of the Bureau?

Pursuant to Massachusetts General Law Chapter 146, Section 82, the Bureau shall promulgate rules and regulations for the examining and licensing of fire sprinkler contractors, pipefitters, refrigeration technicians and sprinkler fitters. The Bureau also meets to review license applications and to determine and approve eligibility of applicants.

When does the Bureau meet?

The Bureau holds public meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the DPS Milford Office, 50 Maple St, Milford, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Laws and Regulations

528 CMR - Bureau of Pipefitters & Refrigeration Technicians

Bureau Advisories

Sprinkler Interpretation pdf format of sprinkler_interpretation_law_09_17_08.pdf

Understanding between Bureau and Board of Plumbers - Refrigeration gas work pdf format of inf_refrigeration_gas.pdf

Bureau's interpretation policy relative to underground fire main and hydrants
(must be installed by licensed sprinkler contractors and sprinklerfitters)

HOISTING

Hoisting

The Department of Public Safety ("Department") licenses and regulates the operation of hoisting equipment. The Department derives its authority to regulate hoisting operators from Massachusetts General Laws chapter 146, section 53. Additionally, the Department has promulgated regulations which are codified in section 6.00 of title 520 of the Code of Massachusetts Regulations.

Anyone who wishes to operate hoisting equipment (including derricks, cableways, machinery used for discharging cargoes, and temporary elevator cars used on excavation work or used for hoisting building material) must obtain a license from the Department. Hoisting operators must be 18 years of age, complete an application, and successfully pass an examination covering all working parts of the hoisting machinery, safe operating practices, hand signals, and inspection procedures in order to obtain a license.

Prior to contacting the Department with any questions, please review the FAQs ("Frequently Asked Questions") link below for further information. All applications, inquiries, or suggestions should be mailed to:

Department of Public Safety
1 Ashburton Place, Room 1301
Boston, MA 02108
Attn: Hoisting Division

 

Continuing Education

Schools Approved by the Department

Application for Active/Inactive Status Request of the Hoisting License pdf format of eng_form_continuing_education_inactive

Application for Approval of Continuing Education Program pdf format of form_approval_continuing_ed_

In-Service Training Programs for Exempt Companies

Application for Approval of an In-Service Training Program pdf format of form_approval_in-service_training_program_

Short-Term Rental Entities for Compact Hoisting Machinery

Application for Approval as a Short-Term Rental Entity pdf format of form_approval_short_term_rental_

Short-Term Rental Entity Facilitator Notification pdf format of form_hoisting_facilitator

PIPEFITTERS

Apprentice Pipefitter

This license allows the holder to perform pipefitting work subject to inspection under any law, ordinance, by-law, rule or regulation under the direct supervision of a journeyman or Master Pipefitter.

Who should have one?
Anyone who is learning the trade in pipefitting work.

What are the prerequisites?
A person seeking an Apprentice Pipefitter License must:

  1. Complete an application with proper mailing AND home address, social security number.
  2. Attached 1" x 1.25" photo
  3. Must provide proof that you are registered with your company with the Department of Labor and Industry
  4. Non-refundable application processing fee ($40)

How is this license obtained?
You provide the Department with the information listed above. You are not required to pass an exam for the apprentice license.

Continuing Education:

Schools Approved by the Department

Fees:

Application --- $40.00 ($40 non-refundable processing fee)

Renewal Fee - $20
 

Journeyman Pipefitter

This license allows the holder to perform pipefitting work subject to inspection under any law, ordinance, by-law, rule or regulation but does not employ other Journeymen or Master Pipefitters.

Who should have one?
Anyone who performs pipefitting work.

What are the prerequisites?
A person seeking a Journeyman Pipefitter License must:

  1. Completed Application with proper mailing AND home address, social security number.
  2. Copy of high school diploma or equivalency certification
  3. Attached 1" x 1.25" photo
  4. Non-refundable application processing fee ($75).

AND

5. Documentation from employer that you have worked not less than 6,000 hours in Massachusetts as an apprentice pipefitter.
6. Documentation from an approved school that you have completed 350 hours of A.S.M.E Code instruction.

OR

5. Documentation from employer that you have worked not less than 4,000 hours in Massachusetts as an apprentice pipefitter.
6. Documentation from an approved school that you have completed 200 hours of A.S.M.E Code instruction.
7. Documentation from an approved school that you have successfully completed 500 hours of study in a pipefitter's course, of which 250 hours of practical, shop-related work.

OR

5. Documentation from employer that you have worked not less than 2,000 hours in Massachusetts as an apprentice pipefitter.
6. Documentation from an approved school that you have completed 200 hours of A.S.M.E Code instruction.
7. Documentation from an approved school that you have successfully completed 1000 hours of study in a pipefitter's course, of which 700 hours of practical, shop-related work.

OR

5. Approved by a majority vote of the Bureau

How is this license obtained?
You must make application and successfully pass a written exam.

Continue Education:

Schools Approved by the Department

Fees:

Application --- $75.00 ($75 non-refundable processing fee)

Renewal Fee - $50.00

Master Pipefitter

This license allows the holder to have a regular place of business and to employ duly licensed people to perform pipefitting.

Who should have one?
Anyone who has a regular place of business or who, by himself, or with other pipefitters in his employ perform pipefitting work.

What are the prerequisites?
A person seeking a Master Pipefitter License must:

1. Have submitted a properly completed application with proper mailing AND home address, and social security number.
2. Attached 2" x 2" photo to the application.
3. Provide documentation from employer, and attach it to the application, that you have held and used a Massachusetts Journeyman Pipefitters license for not less than 2,000 hours.
4. Attach proper documentation, from an approved school that you have completed 100 hours of A.S.M.E Code instruction, to the application.
5. Attach proper documentation from an approved school that you have completed 100 hours of additional Pipefitter theory instruction.
6. Provide a non-refundable application processing fee ($100)

How is this license obtained?
You must make application and successfully pass a written exam.

Continue Education:

Schools Approved by the Department

Fees:

Application --- $100.00 ($100.00 non-refundable processing fee)

Renewal Fee - $75.00

REFRIGERATION

Refrigeration Apprentice

This license allows the holder to perform refrigeration work subject to inspection under any law, ordinance, by-law, rule or regulation under the direct supervision of a journeyman or Refrigeration Contractor.

Who should have one?
Anyone who is learning the trade in refrigeration work.

What are the prerequisites?
A person seeking an Apprentice Refrigeration Technician License must:

  1. Complete an application with proper mailing AND home address, social security number.
  2. A copy of high school diploma or equivalency certification.
  3. Attached 1" x 1.25" photo (Unless Authorization for Release of RMV Photo Information Signed-Off)
  4. A copy of  your Division of Apprentice Standards ID Card.
  5. Must provide proof that you are at least eighteen (18) years of age.
  6. Non-refundable application processing fee ($40).

How is this license obtained?
You provide the Department with the information listed above. You are not required to pass an exam for the apprentice license.

Continue Education:

Schools Approved by the Department
 

Fees:

Application --- $40 ($40 non-refundable processing fee)

Renewal Fee - $20.00
 

Refrigeration Contractor License

This license allows the holder to have a regular place of business and to employ duly licensed people to perform refrigeration work.

Who should have one?
Anyone who has a regular place of business or who, by himself, or with other refrigeration technicians in their employ perform refrigeration work.

What are the prerequisites?
A person seeking a Refrigeration Contractor License must:

  1. Have submitted a properly completed application with proper mailing AND home address, social security number.
  2. Attached 1" x 1.25" photo (Unless Authorization for Release of RMV Photo Information Signed-Off)
  3. Documentation from employer that you have held and used a Massachusetts Refrigeration Technicians license for not less than 2,000 hours.
  4. Documentation from an approved school that you have completed 100 hours of additional refrigeration training.
  5. Submit a non-refundable application processing fee ($150)

How is this license obtained?
You must make application and successfully pass a written exam.

Fees:

Application --- $150.00 ($150 non-refundable processing fee)

Renewal Fee - $75.00
 

Refrigeration Technician License

This license allows the holder to perform refrigeration work subject to inspection under any law, ordinance, by-law, rule or regulation but does not employ other technicians or contractors.

Who should have one?
Anyone who performs refrigeration work having a capacity over 10 tons in the aggregate.

What are the prerequisites?
A person seeking a Refrigeration Technician License must:

  1. Completed Application with proper mailing AND home address, social security number.
  2. Copy of high school diploma or equivalency certification
  3. Attach 1” x 1.25” or passport photo. (Unless Authorization for Release of RMV Photo Information Signed-Off)
  4. A copy of your Certificate of Completion of Apprenticeship from the Division of Apprentice Standards.
  5. Provide a copy of your CFC Certification
  6. Non-refundable application processing fee ($75).

AND

7. Documentation from employer that you have worked not less than 6,000 hours in Massachusetts as a Refrigeration Apprentice.
8. Documentation from an approved school that you have completed 250 hours in a refrigeration course, which must consist of 100 hours of refrigeration theory AND 150 hours of related Massachusetts electrical code training.

OR

7. Documentation from employer that you have worked not less than 4,000 hours in Massachusetts as a Refrigeration Apprentice.
8. Documentation from an approved school that you have completed 500 hours in a refrigeration course, of which 250 hours must be shop related work, 100 hours of refrigeration theory, and 100 hours of related Massachusetts electrical code training.

OR

7. Documentation from employer that you have worked not less than 2,000 hours in Massachusetts as a Refrigeration Apprentice.
8. Documentation from an approved school that you have completed 1000 hours in a refrigeration course, of which 700 hours must be shop related work, 100 hours of refrigeration theory, and 100 hours of related Massachusetts electrical code training.

OR

7. Copy of refrigeration technician’s license, master technician's license or equivalent license from another jurisdiction.
8. Documentation from employer listing work experience and certification requirements equivalent to the Refrigeration Technician Prerequisites listed above, in accordance with 528 CMR 11.03.

OR

7. Approved by a majority vote of the Bureau

How is this license obtained?
You must make application and successfully pass a written exam.

Continue Education:

Schools Approved by the Department

Fees:

Application --- $75 (non-refundable processing fee)
 

SPRINKLER FITTER

Apprentice Sprinklerfitter

his license allows the holder to perform sprinkler work subject to inspection under any law, ordinance, by-law, rule or regulation under the direct supervision of a journeyman or sprinkler contractor.

Who should have one?
Anyone who is learning the trade in fire protection sprinkler work.

What are the prerequisites?
A person seeking an Apprentice Sprinklerfitter License must:

  1. Complete an application with proper mailing AND home address, social security number.
  2. Attached 1" x 1.25" photo
  3. Provide documentation that you are employed by a Massachusetts Sprinkler Contractor.
  4. Non-refundable application processing fee ($40)

How is this license obtained?
You provide the Department with the information listed above. You are not required to pass an exam for the apprentice license.

Continue Education:

Schools Approved by the Department

Fees:

Application --- $40.00

Renewal - $20.00
 

Fire Protection Sprinklerfitter Contractor

This license allows the holder to have a regular place of business and to employ duly licensed people to perform Sprinkler work.

Who should have one?
Anyone who has a regular place of business or who, by himself, or with other sprinklerfitters in their employ perform sprinkler work.

What are the prerequisites?
A person seeking a Sprinkler Contractor License must:

  1. Documentation from employer that have worked five (5) years in the fire protection sprinkler system business in a management position.
  2. Documentation that you are an owner, partner, officer, or in a full time management position of a fire protection sprinkler system company.
  3. Documentation from an approved school that you have completed 300 hours of sprinkler fitting study.
  4. Must provide proof that you are a citizen of the United States, or entitled to work in the United States.
  5. Must provide proof that you are at least eighteen (18) years of age.
  6. Non-refundable application processing fee ($100)

How is this license obtained?
You must make application and successfully pass a written exam.

Fees:

Application --- $100 ($100 non-refundable processing fee)

Renewal Fee - $75.00
 

Journeyman Sprinklerfitter

This license allows the holder to perform sprinkler work subject to inspection under any law, ordinance, by-law, rule or regulation but does not employ other journeymen or contractors.

Who should have one?
Anyone who performs fire protection sprinkler work.

What are the prerequisites?
A person seeking a Journeyman Sprinklerfitter License must:

  1. Completed Application with proper mailing AND home address, social security number.
  2. Copy of high school diploma or equivalency certification
  3. Attached 1" x 1.25" photo
  4. Non-refundable application processing fee ($75).

AND

5. Documentation from employer that you have worked not less than 8,000 hours in Massachusetts as an apprentice sprinklerfitter or trainee.
6. Documentation from an approved school that you have completed 144 hours of sprinkler fitting study per year of apprenticeship.

OR

5. Approved by a majority vote of the Bureau

How is this license obtained?
You must make application and successfully pass a written exam.

Continue Education:

Schools Approved by the Department

Fees:

Application --- $75.00 ($75 non-refundable processing fee)

Renewal Fee - $50.00

HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGE

Horse Drawn Carriage

The Department of Public Safety regulates the operation of horse drawn carriages for public hire on public roads. It is unlawful to operate, or permit another to operate, a horse drawn carriage unless the owner of has obtained a license from the Department. Additionally, the driver of a carriage must hold a valid certificate of competency to operate a horse drawn carriage granted by an inspector of the Department. All license and certificate applications can be obtained via the link below.

Prior to contacting the Department with any questions, please review the FAQ ("Frequently Asked Questions") link below for further information. All applications, inquiries, or suggestions should be mailed to:

Department of Public Safety
Horse Drawn Carriage Licensing

One Ashburton Place Room 1301
Boston, MA 02108

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MOTION PICTURE EXHIBITION

Motion Picture Exhibition

The Department of Public Safety regulates the operation of motion picture projectors and licenses operators of such apparatuses. It is unlawful to use a projector in a public building that uses a film more than ten inches in length, except in accordance with the Department's regulations. All premises in which such projectors are used must be inspected by the Department. No person shall operate such apparatus in any public building until they have received a license to do so from the Department. All license applications can be obtained via the link below. Prior to contacting the Department with any questions, please review the FAQ ("Frequently Asked Questions") link below for further information. All applications, inquiries, or suggestions should be mailed to:

Department of Public Safety
Motion Picture Exhibition Division
One Ashburton Place Room 1301
Boston, MA 02108

Thank you for visiting the Motion Picture Exhibition website.

 

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