Construction Boiler Maker

TQAA, Voluntary Certified Trade, Designated Red Seal Trade


  • Read blueprints or specifications to plan sequence of operation
  • Lay out plate, sheet steel or other heavy metal and mark bending and cutting lines on work piece using protractors, compasses and drawing instruments or templates
  • Set up and operate heavy-metal working machines such as brakes, rolls, shears, flame cutters and drill presses to cut, shape and form metal into parts or sections
  • Fit and weld metal parts or sections together to fabricate boilers, vessels, tanks, heat exchangers, piping and other heavy-metal products
  • Erect and install boilers and other heavy-metal products according to specifications using hand and power tools
  • Repair and perform maintenance work on boilers and other heavy-metal products
  • Direct activities of hoist or crane operators and other workers during fabrication, assembly, installation or repair of structures
  • Test finished structures using a variety of methods
  • Boilermakers may specialize in rigging and hoisting, preparation and layout, and welding aspects of the trade

Personal Qualities

  • You may be required to work in cramped areas
  • You like to work outdoors, sometimes at great heights
  • You may be exposed to heat, cold, dust and fumes
  • You work around hazardous materials at times
  • You have the stamina to be on your feet for long periods of time
  • You enjoy working to close and exacting tolerances
  • You enjoy working in a heavy industrial setting
  • Review the Essential Skills profile for additional qualities required for a Construction Boilermaker

Career Opportunities

  • Boilermakers work for contractors that have projects with companies in the heavy industrial sector such as boiler fabrication, manufacturing, ship building and other similar industrial establishments
  • The majority of construction boilermakers are union members

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 10; however, the provincial union, Local 128 and most employers require Grade 12
  • Completion of 4 year apprenticeship program at 1,650 hours per year
  • If you have completed 6,600 hours of on the job experience/training but have not completed the Apprenticeship Program you may be eligible to challenge the Certificate of Qualification
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