Working in construction, maintenance and manufacturing, Boilermakers build, repair, test and maintain all types of boilers, tanks and pressure vessels. They perform structural and plate work on dust, air, gas, steam, oil, water and other liquid-tight containers. Boilermakers also maintain existing boilers and related metal products for industrial processes in heavy industry.
Skills include: document use; strong math skills; oral communication; good hand-eye coordination; physical fitness; use of precision tools and equipment; and an interest in mechanics, engineering and chemistry.
To be certified as a Boilermaker, you usually need to complete a three- to four-year apprenticeship program. Once you successfully complete the required on-the-job training, technical training and exams, you are awarded a journeyperson certificate.
You may be eligible for certification if you have more than four years of on-the-job experience and some high school, college or industry courses in boilermaking.
As a certified Boilermaker, you may write the Interprovincial Exam to qualify for the Interprovincial Standards’ Red Seal. With a Red Seal, you can work as a Boilermaker anywhere in Canada.
To ensure your skills are current as a Boilermakers, you should keep up with new technology developments by reading and speaking with other Boilermakers.