Job outlook Boilermaker in Ontario

Job opportunities for Boilermakers (NOC 7234) are good in Ontario over the next 3 years. This job outlook is also applicable to people working as a boilermaker.

Job opportunities in Ontario

Outlook over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be good for Boilermakers (NOC 7234) in Ontario for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

A large number of boilermakers work in the manufacturing industry, primarily in fabricated metal production. Boilermakers also work directly in the construction and utilities industries.

Boilermakers in fabricated metal production may produce, maintain, and repair heavy-metal structures such as boilers, tanks, heat exchangers, and vessels. While these goods are used across several industries, the utilities industry is one of the largest markets in Ontario. Large investments in the nuclear power industry over the next several years will be a major driver of work in this trade. Refurbishment activities are currently underway at the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station and similar work will start at the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station midway through the forecast period. This will increase demand for a variety of goods such as tanks, boilers and heat exchangers at local fabrication shops. These projects will not only support work for boilermakers to manufacture these products, but it will create opportunities for those in construction and utilities to install and maintain these items.

Employment in this trade may also benefit from rather steady manufacturing activity in Ontario. In addition to new facilities, there have been some investments to upgrade plants. This may create some demand for heavy-metal structures as well as maintenance activities. Improved traction in the provincial mining industry may provide a boost compared to recent years as well.

There is one voluntary skilled trade associated with this occupation in the province– construction boilermaker. Individuals that are certified or that have several years of experience in this trade will likely have better job prospects. Candidates may also need experience with various welding techniques such as shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) and gas metal arc welding (GMAW/MIG). Boilermakers that work in nuclear facilities will need to undertake training to receive nuclear-qualified status to meet industry standards.

Candidates may need to be familiar with various safety protocols as well such as the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS). In some instances, boilermakers may have to visit various locations to perform installation and repair work so job seekers may need a valid driver's licence. Job duties may involve working various shifts, as well as being on call for emergency repairs. Tradespersons that work at heights must complete a provincially required working at heights training program.

Here are some key facts about Boilermakers in the Ontario region:

  • Approximately 1,050 people worked in this occupation in May 2015.
  • Boilermakers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Fabricated metal product manufacturing (NAICS 332): 34%
    • Construction (NAICS 23): 22%
    • Religious, grant-making, civic, and professional and similar organizations (NAICS 813): 11%
    • Utilities (NAICS 22): 8%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: more than 95% compared to 79% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: less than 5% compared to 21% for all occupations
  • 32% of boilermakers work all year, while 68% work only part of the year, compared to 63% and 37% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 32 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
  • Less than 5% of boilermakers are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.

Breakdown by region

Explore job prospects in Ontario by economic region.

Location Job outlook
Hamilton–Niagara Peninsula Region Good
Kingston–Pembroke Region Undetermined
Kitchener–Waterloo–Barrie Region Good
London Region Undetermined
Muskoka–Kawarthas Region Undetermined
Northeast Region Undetermined
Northwest Region Undetermined
Ottawa Region Undetermined
Stratford–Bruce Peninsula Region Good
Toronto Region Good
Windsor-Sarnia Region Good
Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

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