Job description Boilermaker in the Southwest Region

Find out what work is like for a boilermaker in Canada. This work description is applicable to all Boilermakers (NOC 72103).



Boilermakers fabricate, assemble, erect, test, maintain and repair boilers, vessels, tanks, towers, heat exchangers and other heavy-metal structures. They are employed in boiler fabrication, manufacturing, shipbuilding, construction, electric power generation and similar industrial establishments. Apprentices are also included in this unit group.

Job duties

  • Read blueprints or specifications to plan sequence of operation
  • Lay out plate, sheet steel or other heavy metal and mark bending and cutting lines on work piece using protractors, compasses and drawing instruments or templates
  • Set up and operate heavy-metal working machines such as brakes, rolls, shears, flame cutters and drill presses to cut, shape and form metal into parts or sections
  • Fit and weld metal parts or sections together to fabricate boilers, vessels, tanks, heat exchangers, piping and other heavy-metal products
  • Erect and install boilers and other heavy-metal products according to specifications using hand and power tools
  • Repair and perform maintenance work on boilers and other heavy-metal products
  • Direct activities of hoist or crane operators and other workers during fabrication, assembly, installation or repair of structures
  • Test finished structures using a variety of methods.

Job titles

  • boiler fitter
  • boiler installer
  • boilermaker
  • boilermaker apprentice
  • construction boilermaker
  • industrial boilermaker
  • marine boilermaker
  • pressure vessel fabricator

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