Job Description:
BOILERMAKERS make, assemble, and repair different kinds of boilers, steel pressure vessels, vats, and tanks according to blueprints. Their work involves aligning sections of plates to assemble boiler frames, tanks and vats, cutting tubes from metal, drilling holes, and bolting, riveting, or arc welding the sections or structures together.

They are also responsible for preparing sheet metal for welding, stress relieving, and heat duration, and for testing the finished vessels by pumping water or gas through them under specified pressures and observing instruments to detect leakage.
BOILERMAKERS use blueprints, hand tools and power equipment, such as plumb bobs, wedges, levels, dogs, turnbuckles, caulking hammers, arc welders, rivet guns, bending machines, drill presses. They make gear guards, floats, and pans from metal sheet. They set up rigging and erect portable swinging scaffolds using proper slings, chains, hoists, and rope blocks to make smokestack repairs.

Working Conditions:
BOILERMAKERS may work indoors or outdoors, often under conditions of dampness, heat, poor ventilation, and cramped quarters, and on swinging scaffolds at considerable heights. The work involves heavy lifting and manipulating bulky parts into position manually, much standing and climbing, and strenuous reaching, stretching, bending, and pushing and pulling. Hazards of the job include exposure to fumes, burns, cuts and falls.

Recommended High School Courses: 
Blueprint reading, drafting, metal shop, mathematics.

Terms of Apprenticeship: 
4 years on-the-job training. Related classroom instruction.

General Qualifications:
 Be at least 18 years of age.
Have no physical handicaps that would prevent performing the work covered by the Boilermaker trade.
Be willing to complete a four-year comprehensive training program, including the related studies and lessons, on personal time.
Be willing to abide by the Area Apprenticeship Committee Standards and Rules.
Have the legal right to live and work in the United States.
Be willing to attend classroom and shop instruction, when made available, on personal time.

Admission Requirements of the J.A.C.: 
Proof of age. Qualification on an aptitude test administered by the Boilermakers Union.

Local #13, Philadelphia
Boilermaker’s Local Union No. 13
2300 New Falls Road
Newportville, PA 19056 

Mr. Howard Fink, Coordinator
Telephone (215) 785-5536
Fax (215)785-5867

Local #154, Pittsburgh
Boilermaker’s Local Union No. 154
1221 Banksville Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15216

Mr. John Hughes
Telephone (412) 343-3072
Fax (412) 343-8533

TEL: 215.501.0130 X17