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: These employment prospects were published in December 2021 based on the information available at the time of analysis. The next update will be in December 2022. To learn more, see our FAQs. You can also find additional information on the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard.
Job opportunities in Ontario
The employment outlook will be good for Boilermakers (NOC 7234) in Ontario for the 2021-2023 period.
The following factors contributed to this outlook:
- Employment growth will lead to several 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.
What Types of Employers Are Out There?
- Manufacturers such as fabricated metal producers
- Power generation, transmission and distribution companies
What are the Main Trends Affecting Employment?
- Large investments in the utilities industry, particularly in nuclear power, will support job opportunities over the forecast period.
- Major refurbishment projects at the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station and Darlington Nuclear Generating Station will increase demand for some fabricated metal goods.
- The need for ongoing repair and maintenance work and investments in manufacturing plants and mining operations.
What Skills Do I Need to Succeed?
- There is one voluntary skilled trade associated with this occupation in Ontario named Construction Boilermaker.
- Employers often prefer trade certification and/or several years of practical experience.
- Knowledge of welding techniques such as shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) and gas metal arc welding (GMAW/MIG).
- Knowledge of safety practices such as the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).
- Boilermakers that work in nuclear facilities will need to obtain nuclear-qualified status.
- Some manufacturers may require a gas or oil burner technician certificate administered by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority.
- Some positions may require completion of a working at heights training program.
What Other Information Will I Find Helpful?
- Boilermakers may have to work various shifts and be on call for emergency repairs.
- A valid driver’s licence may be required to visit various sites to complete installation and repair work.
Public sector investments are being made to support skills training and development for boilermakers.
Here are some key facts about Boilermakers in the Ontario region:
- Approximately 1,050 people worked in this occupation in May 2016.
- 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.
|Hamilton–Niagara Peninsula Region||Good Good|
|Kingston–Pembroke Region||Undetermined Undetermined|
|Kitchener–Waterloo–Barrie Region||Good Good|
|London Region||Undetermined Undetermined|
|Muskoka–Kawarthas Region||Undetermined Undetermined|
|Northeast Region||Undetermined Undetermined|
|Northwest Region||Undetermined Undetermined|
|Ottawa Region||Undetermined Undetermined|
|Stratford–Bruce Peninsula Region||Good Good|
|Toronto Region||Good Good|
|Windsor-Sarnia Region||Good Good|
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