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
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.
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
Terms of Apprenticeship:
4 years on-the-job training. Related
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
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
Proof of age. Qualification on an
aptitude test administered by the Boilermakers Union.