Boilermakers
SOC: 47-2011.00

Description:

Construct, assemble, maintain, and repair stationary steam boilers and boiler house auxiliaries. Align structures or plate sections to assemble boiler frame tanks or vats, following blueprints. Work involves use of hand and power tools, plumb bobs, levels, wedges, dogs, or turnbuckles. Assist in testing assembled vessels. Direct cleaning of boilers and boiler furnaces. Inspect and repair boiler fittings, such as safety valves, regulators, automatic-control mechanisms, water columns, and auxiliary machines.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
17,400 employed

Projected (2024):
19,000 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Assembler
  • Boiler Control Technician
  • Boiler Erector
  • Boiler Fitter
  • Boiler Installer
  • Boiler Maker
  • Boiler Mechanic
  • Boiler Reliner
  • Boiler Repairman
  • Boiler Service Technician
  • Boiler Setter
  • Boiler Shop Mechanic
  • Boiler Technician
  • Boiler Tester
  • Boiler Welder
  • Boiler/Chiller Technician
  • Boilerhouse Mechanic
  • Boilermaker
  • Boilermaker Apprentice
  • Boilermaker Fitter
  • Boilermaker Helper
  • Boilermaker Mechanic
  • Boilermaker Pipe Fitter
  • Boilermaker Welder
  • Erector
  • Fitter Up
  • Industrial Boilermaker
  • Locomotive Boilermaker
  • Manufacturing Assembler
  • Pressure Tester
  • Service Technician


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

    Education:

    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Examine boilers, pressure vessels, tanks, or vats to locate defects, such as leaks, weak spots, or defective sections, so that they can be repaired.
  • Bolt or arc weld pressure vessel structures and parts together, using wrenches or welding equipment.
  • Inspect assembled vessels or individual components, such as tubes, fittings, valves, controls, or auxiliary mechanisms, to locate any defects.
  • Repair or replace defective pressure vessel parts, such as safety valves or regulators, using torches, jacks, caulking hammers, power saws, threading dies, welding equipment, or metalworking machinery.
  • Attach rigging and signal crane or hoist operators to lift heavy frame and plate sections or other parts into place.
  • Bell, bead with power hammers, or weld pressure vessel tube ends to ensure leakproof joints.
  • Lay out plate, sheet steel, or other heavy metal and locate and mark bending and cutting lines, using protractors, compasses, and drawing instruments or templates.
  • Install manholes, handholes, taps, tubes, valves, gauges, or feedwater connections in drums of water tube boilers, using hand tools.
  • Study blueprints to determine locations, relationships, or dimensions of parts.
  • Straighten or reshape bent pressure vessel plates or structure parts, using hammers, jacks, or torches.
  • Shape seams, joints, or irregular edges of pressure vessel sections or structural parts to attain specified fit of parts, using cutting torches, hammers, files, or metalworking machines.
  • Position, align, and secure structural parts or related assemblies to boiler frames, tanks, or vats of pressure vessels, following blueprints.
  • Locate and mark reference points for columns or plates on boiler foundations, following blueprints and using straightedges, squares, transits, or measuring instruments.
  • Shape or fabricate parts, such as stacks, uptakes, or chutes, to adapt pressure vessels, heat exchangers, or piping to premises, using heavy-metalworking machines such as brakes, rolls, or drill presses.
  • Clean pressure vessel equipment, using scrapers, wire brushes, and cleaning solvents.
  • Install refractory bricks or other heat-resistant materials in fireboxes of pressure vessels.
  • Assemble large vessels in an on-site fabrication shop prior to installation to ensure proper fit.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Acetylene torches
  • Adjustable crescent wrenches
  • Adjustable pipe wrenches
  • Air carbon arc cutting equipment
  • Air compressors
  • Air grinders
  • Air hammers
  • Air manifolds
  • Air scalers
  • Allen wrenches
  • Atmospheric monitoring devices
  • Atmospheric testing equipment
  • Ball peen hammers
  • Bar clamps
  • Beam clamps
  • Beam trolleys
  • Bench lathes
  • Bench vises
  • Beveling machines
  • Blacksmiths' punches
  • Block and tackle equipment
  • Bolt cutters
  • Box end wrenches
  • Brakes
  • Buffing tools
  • Bull pins
  • C clamps
  • Calipers
  • Carbon dioxide CO2 meters
  • Catalyst dispensers
  • Caulking guns
  • Center punches
  • Chain falls
  • Chain hoists
  • Chain pulleys
  • Chain wrenches
  • Chalk lines
  • Channel lock pliers
  • Chipping hammers
  • Circular saws
  • Claw hammers
  • Clear lenses
  • Combination squares
  • Combination wrenches
  • Compasses
  • Computer-controlled welding equipment
  • Contour markers
  • Cutoff saws
  • Cutting torches
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital lasers
  • Digital levels
  • Dividers
  • Drift pins
  • Drill point gauges
  • Drill presses
  • Dust masks
  • Ear plugs
  • Electrode holders
  • Electrode ovens
  • End cutting pliers
  • Engineers' levels
  • Filtered lenses
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fire retardant coveralls
  • Flaring tools
  • Flashback arrestors
  • Forklifts
  • Framing squares
  • Friction lighters
  • Full body harnesses
  • Full-face respirators
  • Ground clamps
  • Hacksaws
  • Half-face respirators
  • Hammer wrenches
  • Hand saws
  • Hard hats
  • Heat lamps
  • Hydraulic boom trucks
  • Hydraulic cranes
  • Hydraulic jacks
  • Hydraulic stub pullers
  • Hydrostatic testers
  • Inspection mirrors
  • Jig saws
  • Ladders
  • Laser levels
  • Lead hammers
  • Leather protective clothing
  • Longnose pliers
  • Measuring tapes
  • Metal inert gas MIG welders
  • Metal-cutting chisels
  • Metal-cutting snips
  • Micrometers
  • Milling machines
  • Needle pressure gauges
  • Nibblers
  • Non-sparking hammers
  • Open end wrenches
  • Overhead hoists
  • Oxygen concentration meters
  • Oxygen lances
  • Personal computers
  • Pin punches
  • Pipe and tubing cutters
  • Pipe vises
  • Plasma arc welding equipment
  • Plate clamps
  • Plumb bobs
  • Pneumatic drills
  • Pneumatic hoists
  • Pneumatic impact wrenches
  • Portable welding machines
  • Power grinders
  • Power saws
  • Pre-heating torches
  • Protective gloves
  • Protractors
  • Pry bars
  • Punch presses
  • Putty knives
  • Reciprocating saws
  • Resin spray guns
  • Respiratory protection equipment
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety goggles
  • Sandblasters
  • Scaffolding
  • Scale rules
  • Scissor lifts
  • Screw jacks
  • Screwdrivers
  • Scribers
  • Self-contained breathing apparatus
  • Serrating tools
  • Shackles
  • Shears
  • Shielded arc welding tools
  • Side cutting pliers
  • Single-cut mill saw files
  • Sledgehammers
  • Sliding t-bevels
  • Slings
  • Slip joint pliers
  • Socket wrench sets
  • Soft face hammers
  • Spirit levels
  • Splitting chisels
  • Spreader beams
  • Spud wrenches
  • Squares
  • Staging equipment
  • Steamboat ratchet jacks
  • Stick electrodes
  • Straightedges
  • Strap wrenches
  • Swing stages
  • Swivel hoist rings
  • Tap sets
  • Telescoping gauges
  • Telescoping lifts
  • Temperature sticks
  • Torque wrenches
  • Trammel points
  • Transit levels
  • Tube drifts
  • Tube end facers
  • Tube milling machines
  • Tube pullers
  • Tube wall reducing tools
  • Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment
  • Two way radios
  • Utility hoists
  • Utility knives
  • Ventilation fans
  • Vernier calipers
  • Vise grip pliers
  • Water levels
  • Wedges
  • Welding adaptors
  • Welding distribution panels
  • Welding oxygen regulators
  • Welding shields
  • Welding tip cleaning files
  • Welding tips
  • Wire brushes
  • Wire rope pullers
  • Workshop cranes
  • X ray inspection equipment
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Health and safety training software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Word


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    industry stats

    SOC: 47-0000

    Total Employed: 5,477,820

    Average Annual Salary: $47,580