- Oil and Gas Services
- High school diploma
About This Career
Do you love heavy metal? During the industrial revolution, if a piece of equipment was large and made of iron or steel, Boilermakers had their hand in it. So much so, that this career earned the name “the labour aristocracy” by historians. Boilermakers remain in demand to fabricate, assemble, test, maintain and repair boilers, tanks and other large containers that hold liquids and gases. Could one of them be you? Read on.
Boilermakers construct, assemble, maintain and repair stationary steam boilers, heat exchangers, liquefied natural gas (LNG) processing trains, tanks and vessels. They also test, inspect, repair and maintain these metal structures. Boilermakers bring a combination of welding, fabricating and pipefitting to a fabrication, construction or turnaround maintenance job. They align structures or plate sections to assemble boiler frame tanks or vats by following blueprint instructions.
In this occupation activities include:
Communicating with supervisors, peers or subordinates
- Signalling crane or hoist operators to lift heavy frame and plate sections or other parts into place.
- Testing finished structures using a variety of methods.
Handling and moving objects
- Attaching rigging to lift heavy frame, plate sections or other parts into place.
Inspecting equipment, structures or material
- Inspecting assembled vessels or individual components, such as tubes, fittings, valves, controls or auxiliary mechanisms, to locate any defects.
Judging the qualities of things, services or people
- Examining boilers, pressure vessels, tanks or vats to locate defects, such as leaks, weak spots or defective sections, so that they can be repaired.
- Installing manholes, handholes, taps, tubes, valves, gauges or feedwater connections in drums of water tube boilers using hand tools.
Operating vehicles, mechanized devices or equipment
- Setting up and operating heavy-metal working machines such as brakes, rolls, shears, flame cutters and drill presses to cut, shape and form metal into parts or sections.
- Shaping seams, joints or irregular edges of pressure vessel sections or structural parts to attain specified fit of parts using cutting torches, hammers, files or metalworking machines.
- Straightening or reshaping bent pressure vessel plates or structure parts using hammers, jacks or torches.
Performing general physical activities
- Cleaning pressure vessel equipment using scrapers, wire brushes and cleaning solvents.
- Bolting or arc welding pressure vessel structures and parts together using wrenches or welding equipment.
- Laying out plate, sheet steel or other heavy metal and locating and marking bending and cutting lines using protractors, compasses and drawing instruments or templates.
- Positioning, aligning and securing structural parts or related assemblies to boiler frames, tanks or vats of pressure vessels following blueprints.
- Shaping or fabricating parts, such as stacks, uptakes or chutes, to adapt pressure vessels, heat exchangers or piping.
- Studying blueprints to determine locations, relationships or dimensions of parts.
Repairing and maintaining mechanical equipment
- Repairing or replacing defective pressure vessel parts, such as safety valves or regulators, using torches, jacks, caulking hammers, power saws, threading dies, welding equipment or metalworking machinery.
Scheduling work and activities
- Assembling large vessels in an on-site fabrication shop prior to installation to ensure proper fit.
- Locating and marking reference points for columns or plates on boiler foundations, following blueprints and using straight edges, squares, transits or measuring instruments.
- Reading blueprints or specifications to plan the sequence of operation.
- A high school diploma (or equivalent) is typically required.
- Standard and emergency first aid
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
- Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)
- H2S Alive
- Confined space entry
- Respirator fit testing
- Fall Protection
- Completion of a three- to four-year apprenticeship program is typically required to become a certified tradesperson. Another route to apprenticeship training is a pre-apprenticeship foundation program. In most provinces, both of these routes can begin in high school.
- The Red Seal endorsement is the interprovincial standard of excellence, and is available to tradespersons upon successful completion of the Red Seal examination.
You have the technical skills of many metalworking crafts, from welding to fitting to fabricating and more. You bring people skills to the job too.
- Attention to detail
- Active listening
- Selecting the right equipment
- Installing equipment
- Public safety and security
- Critical thinking
- Quality control analysis
- Controlling operations
- Repairing machines and systems
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Also known as
- Boiler Fitter
- Boiler Installer
- Boilermaker Apprentice
- Construction Boilermaker
- Industrial Boilermaker
- Pressure Vessel Fabricator
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