Boilermakers are trades persons who cut, shape, assemble and weld steel to construct and repair metal products and structures for boilers, ships, iron and steel structures and other vessels.

Duties and tasks

  • Adhere to strict occupational health and safety guidelines
  • Assemble, identify faults in and repair boilers, tanks, pressure vessels and vats
  • Complete products by washing, cleaning, chiseling, grinding and filing
  • Cut, mould, twist, shape, punch and hammer metal to assemble parts and enable fitting edges together
  • Join metal sections and structures together using welding, bolting or riveting methods
  • Perform routine maintenance on tools and equipment
  • Read and evaluate drawings and blueprints to determine specific job requirements
  • Select the appropriate materials, methods, equipment and tools necessary to complete the job
  • Use a range of machinery, hand tools and welding equipment or CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) machines
  • Use furnaces and forges to heat metal to the correct temperature

Skills required

  • Able to Perform Basic Calculations
  • Able to Perform Manual Work
  • Good Manual Dexterity with the Ability to Use Tools and Machinery
  • Mechanical Aptitude
  • Safety Awareness
  • Strong Attention to Detail and Accuracy

Working conditions

Boilermakers may work regular Monday to Friday hours with some overtime on weekends. Others are required to work shift work. Boilermakers work in a variety of settings from small workshops to large industrial factories or other operations. They often work in hot, noisy conditions and are on their feet for long periods at a time.

Professional associations / Industry information

Apprenticeships Australia 

Australian Industry Group 

Manufacturing Skills Australia 

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