Deciding to become a field construction Boilermaker apprentice may be the single most important decision of you life. The following important information will
explain the job responsibilities, requirements, and challenges for a Boilermaker Apprentice. Boilermaker work demands a high degree of technical skill, constant
attention to safety, a dedication to excellence, a willingness to study and complete on-the-job training, and an ability to travel from job site to job site to
maintain employment. Todayís field construction Boilermaker apprentice is involved in more than just the construction of boilers. Apprentices are a vital part of
construction project teams that erect pressure vessel assemblies and fabricate metal plate. You could be involved in the installation of a giant superheater section
in a large utility boiler, the erection of a 2000,000 - barrel water storage tank, the placement of a nuclear power plant reactor dome, or construction of components
at a hydroelectric power station.
- Loading & unloading materials
- Rigging materials for movement
- Directing crane operations
- Assembling/Disassembling scaffolds & platforms
- Changing crane booms
- Inspecting and caring for rigging accessories & equipment
- Burning, gouging & welding
- Removing and replacing tubes
- Interpreting blueprints
- Laying out components
- Erecting support steel beams & columns
- Using various welding machines
- Aligning & fitting components
Consider these facts carefully
- Work performed by Boilermakers requires high technical skill and a dedication to top performance.
- Field Construction work is by nature an outside job which means exposure to all types of weather conditions, heat & cold.
- Boiler, dams, power generation plants, storage tanks and pressure vessels are usually of mammoth size; therefore a major portion of the Boilermakerís work is performed at great heights, often 200 to 1,000 feet above the ground.
- Field construction is contract work; so, when the contract is completed, your job is ended. You may have to travel the territory of the local lodge and live away from home for long periods of time.
- The majority of work (approx. 90%) involves confined space access, requiring safe work procedures for access, egress, escape & rescue.
- The size of materials, tools, and equipment handled by boilermakers requires excellent physical strength and stamina.
- To become a qualified Red Seal Boilermaker, you must complete a minimum 6600 hours of on-the-job training, usually taking 4 to 5 years.
Your responses to the statements below should help you decide:
- I Have completed grade 12.
- I am willing and able to do demanding and strenuous physical work.
- I am not afraid of working at heights nor am I claustrophobic.
- I am willing to travel and live away from home for long periods of time to maintain employment.
- I am willing to work in all types of adverse conditions.
- I am willing to make a commitment to 6600 hours of on-the-job training.
- I am willing and able to complete the self-study lessons and the on-the-job training modules.
- I understand that, based on the employment conditions, I may be unemployed from time to time.
- I am dedicated to performing all assigned jobs to best of my ability and in compliance with employer standards.
- I am willing and able to attend classroom instruction when available in addition to by regular work hours.
- I will agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of the Boilermaker apprenticeship indenture and all rules & regulations of the Trades Qualification and Apprenticeship Act.
If you answered YES! to all eleven statements, then you may be the kind of individual who could successfully complete the Boilermaker apprenticeship program. If you didnít answer yes to all the statements, you may want to reconsider. If you need more information to answer any of the questions, please contact the Boilermaker Apprenticeship Coordinator for Ontario. The Coordinator will provide more information about the field construction Boilermaker apprenticeship program, the application and selection process, necessary prerequisites for the Entry Level program, and the benefits of starting a career as a field construction Boilermaker.
The Boilermakers Lodge 128 Apprenticeship program
- Each candidate must submit a formal application for consideration
- Pre-assessment Examination at 70% or greater achievement
- Upon successful completion of aptitude tests, all qualifying candidates will be asked to appear before a sub-committee interview. At this time, candidates must provide all pertinent documentation (on request)
- Sign full indenture contract
- The Boilermaker Apprentice must successfully complete 6600 hours of field assignments monitored by the Coordinator, under direction of the Boilermaker Apprenticeship Committee (BAC)
- Complete & return field reports
- Attend all technical training assignments
- Pre-Entry - 2 weeks
- Basic Training -8 weeks
- Intermediate Training -8 weeks
- Advanced Training -8 weeks
Upon successful completion of the field assignments & technical training, the Local 128 Boilermaker Apprentice will be scheduled to write the Interprovincial Red Seal Examination, and upon successful completion, they are eligible to change to full Qualified Boilermaker status.