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Union Boilermakers are a diverse union of workers in construction, maintenance, manufacturing, repairing and installing boilers, vats and other large vessels that hold liquids and gases. Boilermakers build and repair ships, fishing boats, ferries, barges, cranes, boilers, tanks, pressure vessels, plate and structural fabrications among other things. These skilled workers often use acetylene torches, power grinders, and other equipment for welding, burning, cutting, rigging, layout and bolting.

Length48 months
Benefits for ApprenticesMedical, dental and vision care for worker and dependants, pension, annuity, and vacation immediately
Minimum age18
Education prerequisitesHigh School Diploma or GED or equivalent
Physical requirementsYes, apprentices must be able to do strenuous physical work
Additional requirementsBirth Certificate
Applicants with welding experience will be given priority
Must not be afraid of working at heights
Must be willing to travel and live away from home for long periods
Should have a drivers license
Should have reliable transportation
Written or oral entry examsOral exam
Subjects studied by ApprenticesOSHA-10, OSHA-30,
OSHA-Scaffold Erector/Dismantler Certified Welder Steel
Erection & Rigging Fundamentals Leadership Training
Foreman Project Management Training
Superintendent Certified Welding Inspector (CWI)
Construction Safety & Health Refresher
Asbestos Handler/Supervisor
Confined Space (CPWR)
Entry Attendant (CWPR)
American Red Cross
First Aid/CPR
HAZWOPER Certified/Qualified Rigger
Certified/Qualified Signal person
Supplemental Rigging

Contact: Boilermakers Local 549, 2191 Piedmont Way, Pittsburgh, CA 94565 Dale Bilyue, Business Manager.

Applications: Applications may be obtained by appearing in person on the first business Wednesday of each month at the nearest Local.

How do new apprentices get their first job? Applicants are placed on a list. When new apprentices are needed, applicants are taken from the top of the list.

Additional information: Boilermakers National Apprentice Program.