7234 – Boilermakers

Boilermakers fabricate, assemble, erect, test, maintain and repair boilers, vessels, tanks, towers, heat exchangers and other heavy-metal structures. They are employed in boiler fabrication, manufacturing, shipbuilding, construction, electric power generation and similar industrial establishments.

  • Illustrative example(s)
    • boiler fitter
    • boiler installer
    • boilermaker
    • boilermaker apprentice
    • construction boilermaker
    • industrial boilermaker
    • marine boilermaker
    • pressure vessel fabricator
  • All examples
  • boiler fitter
  • boiler installer
  • boiler repairer
  • boiler repairman/woman
  • boiler shop mechanic
  • boilermaker
  • boilermaker apprentice
  • boilermaker, erection and repair
  • boilermaker, maintenance
  • boilermaker-welder
  • construction boilermaker
  • industrial boilermaker
  • industrial construction boilermaker
  • industrial heat exchanger boilermaker
  • journeyman/woman boilermaker
  • maintenance boilermaker
  • marine boilermaker
  • pressure vessel boilermaker
  • pressure vessel fabricator
  • Exclusion(s)
    • Ironworkers (7236)
    • Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters (7235)
    • Supervisors of boilermakers (See 7201 Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations)
    • Welders and related machine operators (7237)
  • Main duties

Boilermakers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • 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, or welding aspects of the trade.

  • Employment requirements
    • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
    • Completion of a three- to four-year apprenticeship program
      A combination of over four years of work experience in the trade and some high school, college or industry courses in boilermaking is usually required to be eligible for trade certification.
    • Trade certification is compulsory in Nova Scotia, Quebec and Alberta and available, but voluntary, in all other provinces.
    • Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified boilermakers upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.
  • Additional information
    • The Red Seal endorsement allows for interprovincial mobility.
    • Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

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