Construction Boilermaker

Certificate of Qualification 428A

“Any job can provide a paycheque, but a career as a Boilermaker will bring a sense of fulfillment.”

Construction Boilermakers work on pressure vessels related to big industry. Storage Tanks, Boilers, Furnaces, Towers, Heaters, Penstocks, Exchangers, Stacks, Duct Work, Structural Steel and much more. Boilermakers find themselves working on various different jobsites including, but not limited to: Oil Refineries, Steel Mills, Pulp and Paper Mills, Nuclear Power Plants, Coal Fired & Natural Gas Generating Stations, Hydro-electric Generating Stations, LNG Plants, and Cement Plants.


  • Work from fabrication drawings (prints) to fabricate components from steel or other materials

  • Use various metal forming machines such as rotary shears, punch presses and bending rolls

  • Tests boiler systems for leaks, defects and other deficiencies to ensure they are operating safely and efficiently

  • Attach rigging and work with hoisting devices to lift components into place

Key Skills & Attributes

  • Strong numeracy, reading & communication skills

  • Problem-solving & planning skills

  • Physical fitness & stamina

  • Ability to work in confined spaces, outdoors & at heights

  • Ability to travel and live away from home

Employment Sectors

  • Institutional and Commercial Construction

  • Heavy Industrial Construction

  • Fabricated metal product manufacturing

Apprenticeship Program

1650 hours pre-apprenticeship, followed by 5880 hours on-the-job training, supplemented by three 8-week technical training sessions.


Entrance Requirements

  • High school transcript or high school diploma (equivalent GED)

Journeyperson Wage Rate

$54.39/Hr (2024 Provincial Average)

Did you know?

Boilermakers evolved from industrial blacksmithing. Boilermakers were a part of shipbuilding & engineering industries, as it was easier & more affordable to hire an on-site boilermaker to build ships.

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