Boilermakers

(NOC 7234)

in All Trades and Transportation

Boilermakers build, test, maintain and repair boilers, vessels, tanks, towers, heat exchangers and other heavy-metal structures. They work for boiler manufacturing, shipbuilding, construction, electric power generation, and similar industrial companies. Boilermakers may specialize in rigging and hoisting, preparation and layout, or welding aspects of the trade.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

  • Estimate 205 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 4385 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a moderate percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Boilermakers most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 20% of Boilermakers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$34.17

Minimum

$41.00

Median

$45.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$38,429

Minimum

$62,218

Median

$100,885

Maximum

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

Hourly Pay

$13.50

Minimum

$27.25

Median

$35.50

Maximum

Annual Pay

$7,580

Minimum

$37,269

Median

$79,787

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Boilermakers build, test, maintain and repair boilers, vessels, tanks, towers, heat exchangers and other heavy-metal structures. They work for boiler manufacturing, shipbuilding, construction, electric power generation, and similar industrial companies. Boilermakers may specialize in rigging and hoisting, preparation and layout, or welding aspects of the trade.

Job duties

Boilermakers:

  • Read blueprints or specifications to plan sequence of operation.
  • Lay out plate, sheet steel or other heavy metal and mark bending and cutting lines on work piece using protractors, compasses and drawing instruments or templates.
  • Set up and operate heavy metal working machines like brakes, rolls, shears, flame cutters and drill presses to cut, shape and form metal into parts or sections.
  • Fit and weld metal parts or sections together to build boilers, vessels, tanks, heat exchangers, piping, and other heavy-metal products.
  • Build and install boilers and other heavy-metal products according to specifications using hand and power tools.
  • Repair and perform maintenance work on boilers and other heavy-metal products.
  • Direct activities of hoist or crane operators and other workers during fabrication, assembly, installation, or repair of structures
  • Test finished structures using a variety of methods.

Sample job titles

  • boiler fitter
  • boiler installer
  • boiler repairer
  • boiler shop mechanic
  • boilermaker
  • construction boilermaker
  • industrial boilermaker
  • industrial construction boilermaker
  • maintenance boilermaker

Skills

This work requires a good mechanical skills. You must be resourceful and able to make decisions. Good form perception, physical strength, coordination, and agility are important.

Job requirements

  • High school is usually required.
  • A three- to four-year apprenticeship program or a combination of over four years of work experience in the trade and some high school, college or industry courses in boilermaking is usually required to be eligible for trade certification.
  • Trade certification is compulsory in Nova Scotia.
  • Red Seal Endorsement (RSE) is also available to qualified boilermakers upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Other considerations

Advances in technology, new materials, higher-quality welds and welding material, and larger lifts and lifting capacity have created many changes in this group. The increased size and complexity of construction projects, often in remote areas, contributes to an increasingly competitive contractor environment and to a very mobile trade. Boilermakers are generally mobile and move to where there is employment. The work of a boilermaker is extremely hazardous, due to the possibility of exposure to materials and gases that could create health problems. Attention to safety and accident prevention is very important for this group. The wage rate for apprentices is usually a percentage of the journeyperson rate, increasing upon completion of each stage of the apprenticeship program. Boilermaker is a designated trade in Nova Scotia and you must be certified to work in this profession. Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

175

employed in 2016

100.0%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

0.0%
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100%
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44.2

median age

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

57,925

employed in 2016

85.9%

employed full-time

11.8%

self employed

5.3%
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94.7%
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46.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

50.0%

North Shore

26.5%

Cape Breton

8.8%

Southern

8.8%

Halifax

5.9%

Annapolis Valley

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

64.0%

Manufacturing

20.0%

Other services (except public administration)

16.0%

Construction

What is the age of Employment?

31.0%

35-44

20.0%

45-54

20.0%

55-64

17.0%

25-34

6.0%

15-24

6.0%

65+

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

24.4%

45-54

22.1%

55-64

17.7%

35-44

17.7%

25-34

10.9%

15-24

Top levels of education

45.7%

Trade Certification

$76,586 median annual income
45.7%

College Diploma

$58,965 median annual income
8.6%

High school

N/A

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

29.2%

Trade Certification

$46,494 median annual income
25.5%

High school

$31,260 median annual income
22.3%

College Diploma

$42,050 median annual income
18.7%

Less than high school

$28,319 median annual income
2.8%

Bachelor

$30,527 median annual income

Education & training

Adult High School Diploma or Equivalent

High School Program

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

Various, NS

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Boilermaking

College or Trades Program

These programs prepare students to apply technical knowledge and skills to fabricate and repair steam boiler components. They include courses in principles of steam power, material selection, welding, riveting, sealing materials, pressure testing, pipefitting, and applicable codes and standards.

Institutions providing this program

Apprenticeship Training

Halifax, NS

Welding Technology/Welder

College or Trades Program

These programs prepare students to apply technical knowledge and skills to join or cut metal surfaces. They include courses in arc welding, resistance welding, brazing and soldering, cutting, high-energy beam welding and cutting, solid state welding, ferrous and non-ferrous materials, oxidation-reduction reactions, welding metallurgy, welding processes and heat treating, structural design, safety, and applicable codes and standards.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus

Dartmouth, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

Yarmouth, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

Stellarton, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

Port Hawkesbury, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

Sydney, NS

Apprenticeship Training

Halifax, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Boilermaker

Compulsory Certification (Mandatory): This is a regulated designated trade in Nova Scotia. Individuals must hold a Certification of Qualification, be a registered apprentice, or hold a temporary work permit to legally do this work.

Regulating body:
Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
1256 Barrington Street, 3rd Fl, Box 578
Halifax, NS B3J 2S9
(800) 494-5651

Contacts

Canadian Boilermakers
Various, Canada
Nova Scotia Construction Sector Council
Halifax, NS

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.