What does a Construction Boilermaker (428A) do?

Construction Boilermakers build, repair, test, and maintain all types of boilers, tanks, and pressure vessels. They also perform all types of structural and plate work on dust, air, gas, steam, oil, water, and other liquid-tight pressure vessels. Work may occasionally be done on scaffolds to repair and maintain existing boilers.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Developing a layout design/pattern and planning the sequence of work to be performed
  • Laying out plate, sheet steel, or other heavy metal; locating, marking, and cutting lines
  • Shaping metal using machines such as shears, drill presses; cutting metal plate and brackets using a flame torch; chipping and grinding parts to shape or fit; using electric arc welding equipment to weld parts together
  • Testing finished boilers for leaks and other defects
  • Working at heights around potentially dangerous heavy equipment
  • Communicating effectively with co-workers and other contractors and supervisors
  • Working independently or as a member of a team on a variety of different projects and tasks

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Grade 10 is the legal minimum, but secondary school diploma is usually required by employers and unions
  • Completion of 6,600-hour apprenticeship, including on-the-job and in-school training
  • Completion of exam to obtain Certificate of Qualification

What's Your Future as a Construction Boilermaker (428A)?

  • Most work full-time; seasonality a factor if employed in construction
  • Generally work on construction sites, sometimes at great heights
  • Conditions may be hot or extremely cold, cramped, or involve exposure to chemical vapours, wetness, or high noise levels
  • Potential employers include nuclear power plants, iron and steel producers, and the construction industry

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified workers earn an average of $36.00-$45.00 per hour, depending on location.

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