Construction Boilermaker

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Certificate of Qualification 428A
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Construction Boilermakers work on pressure vessels, boilers and tanks related to big industry. There is a huge variety of work and boilermakers find themselves working on a variety of job sites including oil refineries, steel mills, pulp and paper mills, cement plants, nuclear power plants, natural gas and hydro-electric generating stations & LNG facilities. Welding, fitting & rigging comprise the three key aspects of the boilermaker trade.

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

Entrance Requirements

  • Grade 12 Diploma

  • Pre-assessment evaluation

Apprenticeship Program

As an apprentice you earn as you learn. The construction boilermaker apprenticeship program takes 4-5 years to complete. You will attend three 8-week in-school sessions at Humber College over the course of your apprenticeship, but most of the time you will be working on jobsites. After completing a total of 6,600 hours of school and on-job-training you are eligible to write your Certificate of Qualification.


  • Lay out patterns and fit and weld parts together

  • Install, repair and maintain boilers and heavy-metal products

  • Read and interpret blueprints, maps, drawings and specifications

  • Lay out plate, sheet steel and other heavy metal and mark lines

  • Set up and operate heavy metal working machines to cut and shape metal into parts

  • Assemble and disassemble hydraulic and lattice boom cranes, scaffolds and other platforms

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Did you know?

Boilermakers have a presence in just about every major industry. A boilermaker can be part of a two-person team or a 100+ person crew building or maintaining large industrial projects.


The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers