Job prospects Boilermaker in Ontario

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

Note that these employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. You can read our new special report to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on some occupations in your province or territory. You can also visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation.

Job opportunities in Ontario

Prospects 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:

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