Course of Study

Outline & Considerations

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

Probationary Period

All apprentices are subject to a probationary period of 1,500 hours or 1 year – whichever occurs first.

During the probationary period, apprentices will be evaluated on willingness to accept work assignments, performance on-the-job and in the classroom, attendance, punctuality, and writing and submission of work reports and related studies.

After the probationary period, apprentices are required to maintain the high standards set forth by both the National and Area Apprenticeship program.