Skills Boilermaker in the Southwest Region

National Occupational Classification update

We have updated this page to reflect the transition to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This means that the occupation "boilermaker" was moved from the group Boilermakers (NOC 7234) to the group Boilermakers (NOC 72103).

Find out what skills you typically need to work as a boilermaker in Canada. These skills are applicable to all Boilermakers (NOC 72103).


  • Plan sequence of operation
  • Develop templates
  • Instruct apprentices
  • Lay out patterns
  • Lay out plate, sheet steel and other heavy metal and mark lines
  • Supervise other workers
  • Set up and operate heavy-metal working machines to cut and shape metal into parts
  • Fit and weld parts together
  • Operate CADD and other computer software systems
  • Read and interpret blueprints, maps, drawings and specifications
  • Erect and install boilers and heavy-metal products according to specifications
  • Repair and maintain boilers and heavy-metal products
  • Direct activities of hoist or crane operators during installation
  • Fit plate or sheet steel work
  • Perform informal inspections of completed welds
  • Off-load, shelter and transport calandria
  • Install containment liner panels
  • Install fuel channels
  • Perform stress relieving acts for vessels
  • Assemble and disassemble hydraulic and lattice boom cranes
  • Rig and hoist equipment
  • Erect and dismantle scaffolds and other platforms

Skills and Knowledge Checklist

The following skills and knowledge are usually required in this occupation.


  • Analysis Help -
    • Planning
    • Analyzing Information
    • Inspecting and Testing
  • Operating and Repairing Equipment, Machinery and Vehicles Help -
    • Mechanical Installing, Maintaining and Repairing
    • Operating Stationary Industrial Equipment
  • Management Help -
    • Supervising
  • Building Help -
    • Constructing


  • Law and Public Safety Help -
    • Public Safety and Security
  • Engineering and Technology Help -
    • Building and Construction
    • Mechanics and Machinery
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