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Boilermakers

Boilermakers
Quick Facts : Boilermakers*
2010 Median Pay$54,640
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201219,800
Job Outlook21% (Faster than average)
Employment Change4,200


Boilermakers assemble, install, and repair boilers, closed vats, and other large vessels or containers that hold liquids and gases. They commonly install and maintain boiler systems. Manufacturers are increasingly automating the production of boilers to improve the quality of these vessels. However, boilermakers still use many tools in making or repairing boilers.

What Boilermakers Do

  • Use blueprints to determine locations, positions, or dimensions of parts
  • Install small premade boilers into buildings and manufacturing facilities
  • Lay out prefabricated parts of larger boilers before assembling them
  • Test and inspect boiler systems for leaks or defects
  • Clean vats using scrapers, wire brushes, and cleaning solvents

Work Environment

Boilermakers perform physically demanding, dangerous work. Many boilermakers must travel to worksites and live away from home for long stretches of time.
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Job Outlook

Employment of boilermakers is projected to grow 21 percent from 2010 to 2020 since growth results will reflect a growing population demands more electric power.
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Pay

The average salary of boilermakers was $54,640 in May 2010.
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Boilermakers*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Boilermakers

54640

Construction Occupations

43910.3704

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Boilermakers*
Percent Change in Employment

Boilermakers

21.2121

Construction Occupations

21.314657794104683

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Boilermakers

Most boilermakers learn their trade through a 4- or 5-year apprenticeship. Each year, apprentices must have at least 144 hours of related technical training and 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training. In the technical training, apprentices learn about metals and installation techniques, as well as basic mathematics, blueprint reading and sketching, general construction techniques, safety practices, and first aid.
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