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Boilermaker

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Boilermakers build, erect, repair, test and maintain all types of boilers, tanks and pressure vessels, and perform all types of structural and plate work on dust, air, gas, steam, oil, water and other liquid-tight containers.

Boilermakers also erect and install boilers, sometimes working on scaffolds, and repair and maintain existing boilers and related metal products.

To fabricate, maintain, modify and repair boilers, tanks, heat exchangers, fired heaters, reactors and other pressure vessels, boilermakers:

  • develop a layout and plan the sequence of work to be done in a shop or field environment,
  • layout, shape and cut metal and other materials using hot and cold methods,
  • fit and assemble components using fastening methods such as bolting and welding,
  • inspect, test and perform repairs on pressure and non-pressure systems,
  • assemble and utilize cranes and other hoisting equipment to move and place materials,
  • design, assemble and use winch and block systems, and
  • execute complex hoisting operations such as large tandem lifts.

Program Information

Program Information & Requirements
Apprenticeship
  • The term of apprenticeship for a boilermaker is 3 years (three 12-month periods) including a minimum of 1560 hours of on-the-job training each year and three 8-week blocks of technical training.
  • Apprentices may attempt the Interprovincial Exam in the final period of their apprenticeship training and, if successful, be granted a Red Seal.
Trade Qualifier
High School Credit

Supporting Resources

 
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Trade Information Get important information about the duties, working conditions, and skills and abilities needed to work in this trade. (You will be re-directed to the alis website.)
Job Information View job postings in this trade, and learn about the current job market, average wage and resources for finding a job. (You will be re-directed to the alis website.)
Entrance Requirement You must satisfy the educational requirements or pass the entrance exam to start an apprenticeship program. If you are writing the entrance exam, there are entrance-level competencies to help you prepare, as well as an exam counselling sheet and study guide.
Course Outline Get information on all of the program requirements and what you will learn.
Technical Training View a list of currently scheduled technical training classes.
Financial Assistance Student loans, grants, scholarships and other financial assistance may be available. For more information visit our Financial Assistance section, visit an Apprenticeship and Industry Training office or call toll-free to 1-800-248-4823.
Examinations Get exam counselling sheets for your upcoming apprenticeship, interprovincial or qualification exam.
Recognized Credentials A person who holds a valid recognized credential is permitted to work in Alberta, but some employers may require Alberta documentation as proof that the holder is allowed to work in the trade or that the holder's credential is recognized.
Trade Regulation For more information regarding tasks and activities, please review the Trade Regulation.