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.
|Starting wage||Apprentice $28.82 hour/Journeyman $41.17|
|Benefits for Apprentices||Medical, dental and vision care for worker and dependants, pension, annuity, and vacation immediately|
|Education prerequisites||High School Diploma or GED or equivalent|
|Physical requirements||Yes, apprentices must be able to do strenuous physical work|
|Additional requirements||Birth 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 exams||Oral exam|
|Subjects studied by Apprentices||OSHA-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
Confined Space (CPWR)
Entry Attendant (CWPR)
American Red Cross
HAZWOPER Certified/Qualified Rigger
Certified/Qualified Signal person
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.