Starting Wage


Journey-Level Wage


***Wages my vary by state and county.****

Boilermaker members also have access to benefits through our Boilermaker National Funds, scholarships, legal services, our vacation trust and our partner benefits at Union Plus.

Rock-Solid Benefits

  • Retirement And Pension Funds

  • Health Care

Career Requirements

  • Must Be 18 Years Old For Hire

  • High School Diploma or GED

  • Driver's License

Do you have what it takes to be a boilermaker? This is field construction work, meaning that it’s an outdoor career with exposure to hot and cold weather. You may find yourself at great heights, often from 200 to 1,000 feet above the ground. You will find yourself working in a confined space. This requires special training and grit.

Work includes repairing, fabricating and assembling boilers, tanks, vats, pressure vessels, heat exchanges and many other items made of metal plate. Boilermakers assemble and erect prefabricated parts and fittings at construction sites. They also do repair work in the field and perform all necessary tests to check for defects. A variety of tools are used, and, at times, rigging equipment is used during the erection of units.


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To become a boilermaker, high school students should take construction, welding, building, shop, and trade courses. Knowledge of tools and how to do construction calculations, such as estimating, subtracting, and finding height, width and volume are important.

Apprenticeship Program

Requirements for Boilermakers Union Local 647

  • Every applicant must supply a copy of their Birth Certificate
  • Every applicant must supply a copy of their High School Diploma/G.E.D. that the Committee can keep at the time of filing application for Apprenticeship.
  • Welding Qualification: Applicants that have a welding certification or weld training qualifications will have priority selection over applicants with no welding qualifications.  Applicants must provide a copy of proof of welding certification or weld training qualification at time of application. 

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Welding is a valuable skill for boilermakers. Consider taking multiple welding classes in high school to become familiar with different kinds of metals and types of welding.

For high school students preparing to become a boilermaker, consider part-time jobs that require blueprint reading, using construction hand signals or allow you to do hands-on work with heavy machinery.

Local Offices


Boilermakers Local 647

9495 NW Hwy 10 #105
Ramsey, MN 55303

Greater Minnesota

Boilermakers Local 647

201 NW 4th Street, Suite D, Grand Rapids, MN 55744

North Dakota

Boilermakers Local 647

3400 42nd St. NW
Mandan, ND 58554

Drug Testing

An employer/contractor/apprenticeship instructor may require drug and alcohol testing of employees and applicants for employment, including random testing.

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