Boilermakers make and assemble dust, gas, steam, oil, water or other liquid-tight containers, structures and equipment.

What do Boilermakers do on the job?

  • 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.
  • Set up and operate heavy metal working machines.
  • Fit and weld metal parts or sections together.
  • Erect and install boilers and other heavy metal products using power tools.

Key attributes for people entering this trade are: good hand-eye coordination, mechanical aptitude and manual dexterity. Boilermakers must have knowledge of mechanical drawings, and have mathematical aptitudes. They also require strength and stamina to work with heavy components and equipment.

With experience, boilermakers may act as mentors and trainers to apprentices in the trade. They may also advance to supervisory positions, quality assurance persons and safety personnel.

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