Boilermakers (NOC 7234)

Significant seasonality

Job titles

Nature of work

Boilermakers fabricate, assemble, erect, test, maintain and repair boilers, vessels, tanks, towers, heat exchangers and other heavy-metal structures. They are employed in boiler fabrication, manufacturing, shipbuilding, construction, electric power generation and similar industrial establishments.

Fields of interest

  • Making or building things, constructing, doing repairs, and performing installations
  • Working with your hands

Main duties

  • Boilermakers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - 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 or templates
  • - Set up and operate heavy-metal working machines such as brakes, rolls, shears, flame cutters and drill presses to cut, shape and form metal into parts or sections
  • - Fit and weld metal parts or sections together to fabricate boilers, vessels, tanks, heat exchangers, piping and other heavy-metal products
  • - Erect and install boilers and other heavy-metal products according to specifications using hand and power tools
  • - Repair and perform maintenance work on boilers and other heavy-metal products
  • - Direct activities of hoist or crane operators and other workers during fabrication, assembly, installation or repair of structures
  • - Test finished structures using a variety of methods.
  • * Boilermakers may specialize in rigging and hoisting, preparation and layout, or welding aspects of the trade.

Main characteristics of the occupation

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Boilermakers (NOC 7234)

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • * Completion of a three- to four-year apprenticeship program or A combination of over four years of work experience in the trade and some high school, college or industry courses in boilermaking is usually required to be eligible for trade certification.
  • * Trade certification is compulsory in Nova Scotia, Quebec and Alberta and available, but voluntary, in all other provinces.
  • * Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified boilermakers upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Skill type

  • Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations

Skill level

  • Technical

More information

  • * The Red Seal endorsement allows for interprovincial mobility. Additional information from Emploi-Québec: Under the Agreement on Internal Trade, a worker holding certification in a regulated trade has access to interprovincial labour mobility, whether or not the worker’s certification bears a Red Seal endorsement.
  • * Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.