We Build Boilermakers
Boilermakers are highly skilled tradespeople who specialize in the fabrication, installation, and repair of boilers, pressure vessels, and other large metal structures. These structures are typically used in power plants, factories, refineries, and other industrial facilities.
Boilermakers work with a wide range of materials, including steel, iron, copper, and brass. They use hand and power tools to shape and weld these materials into complex structures that must withstand high pressures and temperatures. They also use cranes and other heavy equipment to move large components into place and align them with precision.
Working as a boilermaker can be physically demanding and often requires working in challenging environments. Boilermakers may work in confined spaces, at great heights, or in extreme temperatures. They may also work in hazardous conditions, such as around chemicals or heavy machinery. To ensure safety, boilermakers are trained in strict safety protocols and must wear protective gear such as hard hats, safety glasses, and steel-toed boots.
To become a boilermaker, one must complete a comprehensive apprenticeship program, which typically takes four years to complete. This includes a combination of classroom instruction and on-the-job training, where apprentices work under the guidance of experienced boilermakers to develop the skills needed to fabricate and install large metal structures. During this time, apprentices learn how to read blueprints, use welding and cutting equipment, and work with different types of metals.
In addition to technical skills, successful boilermakers possess a range of soft skills, including strong communication, problem-solving, and critical thinking abilities. Boilermakers must be able to work effectively in teams, as they often collaborate with other tradespeople such as electricians and pipefitters. They must also be able to adapt to changing work environments and be willing to work long hours or shifts, as many industrial facilities operate around the clock.
Overall, a career as a union boilermaker offers a unique opportunity to work on complex projects, develop specialized skills, and work in a variety of environments. It is a challenging and rewarding career path for those who are passionate about building and maintaining large metal structures.
How can I Prepare?
Successful Boilermakers usually have solid math and problem-solving skills, high mechanical aptitude, good manual dexterity, and a tolerance for working in cramped spaces. Boilermakers need to be in good physical shape to perform the duties of the trade. It is suggested students have a fundamental understanding of physics and algebra. Written and verbal communication skills are also essential.
Ivy Tech Degree
Associate of Applied Science from Ivy Tech Community College issued upon successful completion of apprenticeship program
Boilermakers Local 374
760 N Union Street
Hobart, IN 46342
Applications are distributed on the: First Friday of January, April, July, and October from 10:00 a.m. to Noon (local time)