Boilermakers 104 Apprenticeship

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About Us

Our Goal

The Boilermakers are dedicated to producing the best skilled people possible for the industry we serve.

We do that by employing highly skilled instructors and up to date training on all skills affiliated with our trade.

You can contact the Coordinator for more information at (206) 624-4707.

What is a Boilermaker?

Boilermakers are complete metal fabricators. We work with steel, aluminum, and other metals. Our work includes new construction, repair, and maintenance of ships, boilers, cranes, tanks, pipelines, cable-ways, pressure vessels, structural frames, logging equipment, sheet metal and plate transitions, hydroelectric projects and other too numerous to mention.

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship describes a three year (6000 hour) program of on-the-job and related training.

On-the-job training requires moving from work area to work area within a shop or shipyard. You will be working with a journeyman to learn all facets of the trades.

Related training consists of attending school two nights a week, three hours per class, for a period of approximately three years. (The school takes a three month break each summer.) Related training is mandatory and is completed after working hours at the scheduled class time.

The first six months (1000 hours) of your Apprenticeship is probationary. You can be released or terminated from work during this period if you do not fulfill your obligations as an apprentice, or if your employer is dissatisfied with your work progress for any reason. There are no appeal rights during this period.

Who may apply for an Apprenticeship?

A person filling out an application for the apprenticeship should be at least 18 years of age, a high school graduate or GED equivalent, able to perform the physical work of the trade and comprehend related training.

Recruitment, selection, employment and training of apprentices shall be without discrimination due to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, or otherwise specified by law.

General Information

Work Performed - Reading and understanding blueprints, lofting, layout work, template making and the ability to meet very close tolerances fitting parts together, torch cutting and welding with many processes (Stick, MIG, TIG, Resistance, Dual-Shield, Inner-Shield Submerged Arc, etc.) are required in most shops and shipyards. Boilermakers are expected to know the functions of and how to operate such equipment as shears, friction saws, drill presses, brakes, rolls, and ironworkers. Power tools used include drills, handheld and stationary grinders, shears, saws, impact tools, hydraulic jacks, come-alongs, chain hoists, etc. You may be required to rig loads that weigh several hundred pounds or more. Rigging requires the use of rope, steel cables, chains, wire rope, spreader bars, magnets, and other rigging attachments and accessories.

Work Conditions – Boilermakers often work in extreme temperatures and conditions, and in confined spaces. At time you will work in areas that have less adequate ventilation. There will be heavy lifting and climbing to work in high places. The work can often be dirty and difficult.

Employer Expectations – Before becoming employed, all applicants are required to pass a drug screening test and to accurately complete an employers’ job application. Good attendance is mandatory, as are safe work habits. You are expected to take proper care of and have respect for tools and equipment, provide eight hours of work for eight hours of pay, and display respect and common courtesy for fellow workers and supervisors.

Employee Expectations – All members are entitled to fair Union representation, livable wages, benefits and the opportunity to achieve journeyman status.