To become a Journeyman Boilermaker you must complete a minimum 6,000-hour Apprenticeship Program consisting of On-the-Job training; 48 online self-study lessons and tests, 8 Performance Based Tests, 21 On-The-Job Training Booklets, and a minimum of 144 hours per year of classroom instruction – typically taking four years.
Some important considerations:
• Work performed by Boilermakers requires high technical skills and dedication to top performance.
• Field construction work is by nature an outside job which means exposure to all types of weather conditions – including extreme heat and cold.
• Boilers, dams, power generation plants, storage tanks, and pressure vessels are usually of mammoth size; therefore, a major portion of Boilermaker work is performed at great heights, often from 200 to 1,000 feet above the ground.
• Field construction and repair work is contract work; so, when the contract is completed, the job is ended. You may have to travel the territory of the Local Lodge and live away from home for extended periods of time.
• The size of the materials, tools, and equipment handled by Boilermakers requires excellent physical strength and stamina