Boilermakers are attentive and precise tradespeople who create and maintain the structures that heat, store and transfer essential resources. They possess a wide range of skills to fit a unique role. 

As a Boilermaker you’ll make, test and repair a wide range of items—from boilers to vessels, heat exchangers and other heavy-metal structures.  

You’ll bring a diverse skillset to each task, as you weld, fit, repair and install boilers and other products. This will require you to draw on your precise nature, strong math skills and creativity as you work out blueprints and specifications.  

What You'll Learn

  • How to read blueprints and specifications 
  • How to lay out and mark bending and cutting lines on plate and sheet steel  
  • How to set up heavy metal working machines 
  • How to fit and weld metal parts  
  • How to erect, install and repair boilers and other products  

Key Job Skills

  • Critical thinking 
  • Problem solving 
  • Metal fabrication 
  • Boiler construction, installation and repairs 
  • Equipment operation 

Technical Training

To get certified, you will need to sign up for technical training at an approved training provider in addition to on-the-job training. 

Visit Trades Training BC and EducationPlannerBC for a comprehensive list of what programs are available in your trade at public and non-public schools. 

Technical Training 15 weeks over 3 years
Work-Based Training
4950 HOURS
Salary Range Hourly
$37.98 — $53.00

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This program does not have a Standardized Level Exam for Level 1.


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Challenge the


If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification. Learn more about How to Challenge a Skilled Trade.


If you sponsor apprentices but have never been certified in Canada, you may request to supervise and sign-off apprentices when they are ready to be certified. Please refer to the application form on whether this trade qualifies.