Boilermakers (NOC 7234)

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Estimated hourly wage
in Québec (2016-2018)
Minimum Not published
Median Not published
Maximum Not published
Job prospect
(2017-2021)
Employment in 2016
600
Skill level
Technical (usually a college or secondary school vocational diploma)

Significant seasonality

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.

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
  • - Continued…
  • - 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.

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.

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