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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.
Annual salaries range betweeen $37,690 and $85,800.
JOB OPENINGS (THROUGH 2026)
DEMAND (THROUGH 2026)
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.