***Wages my vary by state and county.****
Retirement And Pension Funds
Must Be 18 Years Old For Hire
High School Diploma or GED
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.
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.
An employer/contractor/apprenticeship instructor may require drug and alcohol testing of employees and applicants for employment, including random testing.