Boilermakers

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DESCRIPTION

Boilermakers 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. 

WHAT YOU'LL DO

  • Attach rigging and signal crane or hoist operators to lift heavy frame and plate sections or other parts into place. 
  • 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. 
  • Bolt or arc weld pressure vessel structures and parts together, using wrenches or welding equipment.

SKILLS & ABILITIES REQUIRED

  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

  • Blow torch — Acetylene torches; Cutting torches; Oxygen lances; Pre-heating torches 
  • Hoists — Chain falls; Chain hoists; Pneumatic hoists; Utility hoists 
  • Levels — Digital levels; Engineers' levels; Laser levels; Spirit levels 
  • Power saws — Circular saws; Cutoff saws; Jig saws; Reciprocating saws 
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts — Blacksmiths' punches; Center punches; Pin punches; Tube drifts

AT A GLANCE

AVERAGE ANNUAL WAGE

The average annual wage is $62,060 or $29.84/hour.

SALARY RANGE

Annual salaries range betweeen $37,690 and $85,800.

JOB OPENINGS (THROUGH 2026)

1,900

DEMAND (THROUGH 2026)

★★✩✩ Strong

EDUCATION & TRAINING REQUIRED

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree. Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.