Boilermakers construct, fabricate, weld, install, maintain, dismantle, and test steam generators, boilers, economizers, air heaters, de-aerators, induction draft and forced draft fans, tanks, pollution control devices, duct systems, furnaces, reactors, water towers and reservoirs, penstocks, scroll casing, and

Effective communication skills.

Good with extreme temperatures.

Good with underground environments and heights.


  • Read blueprints and manuals and work from engineer-approved drawings.
  • Install and assemble boilers.
  • Use hand and power tools and heavy machinery.
  • Calculate, select and attach rigging, and work with cranes and other hoisting devices.
  • Operate, repair and monitor boilers.
  • Perform boiler tests and treatments.
  • Complete boiler logs and checklists.
  • Follow all laws, regulations, and guidelines.

Key Skills & Attributes

(technical training and on the job)

  • Able to work outside in diverse weather conditions.
  • Good in confined spaces.
  • Willing to travel for work.
  • Ability to adapt to changing work environments.
  • Collaborates with coworkers and has strong interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Quick learner.

What You’ll Need

Entrance Requirements

High school or equivalent. Complete a three-to-four-year apprenticeship program. Once you successfully complete the required on-the-job training, technical training and exams, you are awarded a journeyperson certificate.

Apprenticeship Program: 3-4 years, includes technical training, on-the-job training and exam. Journeyperson certificate awarded after successful completion.

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Hourly Pay

Approx. $39-$40

(Based on journeyperson)

Projected Construction Worker Retirements

~ 8,100 by 2029*

*BuildForce Canada

Did You Know?

Boilermakers are employed in metal fabricating, construction, shipbuilding, petroleum, mining, smelting and power generation (hydro, nuclear, thermal, solar, and tidal), construction and maintenance in pulp mills, water treatment plants, steel mills, cement, chemical, fertilizer and potash plants, breweries, ship yards, offshore platforms, mines, power generation and co-generation stations, ethanol, oil and gas extraction facilities, upgraders and refineries.