Who We Are

Our Apprenticeship Program was established to promote efficient and high quality Field Construction by skilled craftsmen in the Boilermaker trade. The program provides an opportunity for a person to work through self-studies and on-the-job training, while participating in classroom instruction at Local Training Centers throughout the Northeast region of the United States.

Boilermaker work demands a high degree of technical skill and knowledge, a dedication to excellence, a willingness to study and complete on-the-job-training, and an ability to travel from job site to job site to maintain employment.

Today’s field construction boilermaker apprentice is involved in more than just the construction and repair of boilers. Apprentices are a vital part of construction project teams that erect and repair pressure vessels, air pollution equipment, blast furnaces, water treatment plants, storage and process tanks, stacks and liners. An apprentice could be involved in the installation of a giant superheater section in a large utility boiler, the erection of a 750,000-gallon water storage tank, the placement of a nuclear power plant reactor dome, or the construction of components on a hydroelectric power station.

Our Jurisdiction

One of four individual areas, we are the Boilermakers Northeast Area Apprenticeship Program. Geographically, we represent apprentices from nine individual Field Construction Local Lodges and Zones located solely in the Northeast region of the United States. Specifically, our apprentices work in the jurisdictional areas of:

*Individuals interested in a Boilermakers Apprenticeship outside of the Northeast Area are encouraged to visit the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers National Apprenticeship Program’s website for more information.

Consider these Facts Carefully

1. Work performed by boilermakers requires high technical skill and dedication to top performance.

2. Field construction work is by nature an outside job which means exposure to all types of weather conditions, including extreme heat and cold.

3. 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 1000 feet above the ground.

4. 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 long periods of time.

5. The size of the materials, tools, and equipment handled by boilermakers requires excellent physical strength and stamina.

6. To become a journeyman boilermaker you must complete a minimum 6000-hour apprenticeship program of on-the-job training, usually taking four years.

7. To become a journeyman boilermaker, one must complete forty-eight (48) self-study lessons, On-The-Job Training Booklets and classroom instructions (minimum of 144 hours a year).

Tasks Performed by Apprentices

The following are typical on-the-job tasks a Field Construction Boilermaker can expect to encounter on the job:

• Loading and unloading materials
• Rigging materials for movement
• Directing crane operators
• Assembling/disassembling scaffolds and work platforms
• Changing crane booms
• Inspecting and caring for rigging accessories and equipment
• Burning and gouging
• Removing and replacing pressured and non-pressure components
• Interpreting blueprints
• Laying out components
• Erecting support steel beams, columns, high/low pressure components
• Using various welding equipment and process
• Aligning and fitting components