Note: This trade is transitioning to a Pan-Canadian Harmonized program, so it is important that Apprentices understand how that impacts their program path. Details on the transition can be found via the Industry Training Authority, or contact your trainer for the most current updates.
Boilermakers use blueprints and other plans to construct, install, and repair boilers, tanks, and other large containers that hold liquids and gases. These vessels or boilers are used to contain everything from steam in an electric power plant to oil, chemicals and other liquids that we use daily. Boilermakers work on heat exchangers and other heavy metal structures and use brakes, rolls, shears, flame cutters and other metal-working tools during the course of their work. Boilermakers also fit and join tubes, gauges, valves and other components that attach to the boiler or vessel and then test these systems for leaks or other defects. Because boilers and other heavy metal products typically last 20 to 40 years or more, Boilermakers also inspect and maintain these structures to ensure they are safe and efficient.
Boilermaker is a nationally designated trade under the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program.
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The following education is recommended: Grade 10 equivalent (Grade 12 preferred), including English 10, Math 10, and Science 10.
Applicants must first complete the pre-requisite Boilermaker Foundation program, and only when the Certificate of Completion is obtained, can they proceed to the Apprenticeship Program.
The Apprenticeship Program comprises Levels 1 & 2 of progressive training, with each Level taking 5 weeks (150 hours) to complete. In addition, apprentices are required to accumulate 4,950 hours of work-based training.