Projected Growth: Average
Projected Job Openings
Medium Preparation Needed
Your job is to Construct, assemble, maintain, and repair stationary steam boilers and boiler house auxiliaries. Align structures or plate sections to assemble boiler frame tanks or vats, following blueprints. Work involves use of hand and power tools, plumb bobs, levels, wedges, dogs, or turnbuckles. Assist in testing assembled vessels. Direct cleaning of boilers and boiler furnaces. Inspect and repair boiler fittings, such as safety valves, regulators, automatic-control mechanisms, water columns, and auxiliary machines.
Common job titles of Boilermakers include:
Experience and Education
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
38.7% said they needed a Less than a High School Diploma.
37.66% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.
Inspect assembled vessels or individual components, such as tubes, fittings, valves, controls, or auxiliary mechanisms, to locate any defects.
Position, align, and secure structural parts or related assemblies to boiler frames, tanks, or vats of pressure vessels, following blueprints.
Shape seams, joints, or irregular edges of pressure vessel sections or structural parts to attain specified fit of parts, using cutting torches, hammers, files, or metalworking machines.
Bolt or arc weld pressure vessel structures and parts together, using wrenches or welding equipment.
Assemble large vessels in an on-site fabrication shop prior to installation to ensure proper fit.
Study blueprints to determine locations, relationships, or dimensions of parts.
Repair or replace defective pressure vessel parts, such as safety valves or regulators, using torches, jacks, caulking hammers, power saws, threading dies, welding equipment, or metalworking machinery.
Locate and mark reference points for columns or plates on boiler foundations, following blueprints and using straightedges, squares, transits, or measuring instruments.
Shape or fabricate parts, such as stacks, uptakes, or chutes, to adapt pressure vessels, heat exchangers, or piping to premises, using heavy-metalworking machines such as brakes, rolls, or drill presses.
Lay out plate, sheet steel, or other heavy metal and locate and mark bending and cutting lines, using protractors, compasses, and drawing instruments or templates.
Attach rigging and signal crane or hoist operators to lift heavy frame and plate sections or other parts into place.
Install refractory bricks or other heat-resistant materials in fireboxes of pressure vessels.
Install manholes, handholes, taps, tubes, valves, gauges, or feedwater connections in drums of water tube boilers, using hand tools.
Bell, bead with power hammers, or weld pressure vessel tube ends to ensure leakproof joints.
Examine boilers, pressure vessels, tanks, or vats to locate defects, such as leaks, weak spots, or defective sections, so that they can be repaired.
Straighten or reshape bent pressure vessel plates or structure parts, using hammers, jacks, or torches.
Clean pressure vessel equipment, using scrapers, wire brushes, and cleaning solvents.
X ray inspection equipment
Wire rope pullers
Welding tip cleaning files
Welding shieldsAll Tools
Welding oxygen regulators
Welding distribution panels
Vise grip pliers
Two way radios
Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment
Tube wall reducing tools
Tube milling machines
Tube end facers
Swivel hoist rings
Steamboat ratchet jacks
Soft face hammers
Socket wrench sets
Slip joint pliers
Single-cut mill saw files
Side cutting pliers
Shielded arc welding tools
Self-contained breathing apparatus
Respiratory protection equipment
Resin spray guns
Portable welding machines
Pneumatic impact wrenches
Plasma arc welding equipment
Pipe and tubing cutters
Oxygen concentration meters
Open end wrenches
Needle pressure gauges
Metal inert gas MIG welders
Leather protective clothing
Hydraulic stub pullers
Hydraulic boom trucks
Full body harnesses
Fire retardant coveralls
End cutting pliers
Drill point gauges
Computer-controlled welding equipment
Channel lock pliers
Carbon dioxide CO2 meters
Box end wrenches
Block and tackle equipment
Ball peen hammers
Atmospheric testing equipment
Atmospheric monitoring devices
Air carbon arc cutting equipment
Adjustable pipe wrenches
Adjustable crescent wrenches
Computer aided design CAD software
Health and safety training software
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Operation and Control
Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Quality Control Analysis
Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Building and Construction
Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
Production and Processing
Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Engineering and Technology
Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.