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Boilermakers and Mechanics
A high school diploma is required for all applicants to the
boilermaking trade. In the past, people have become boilermakers
through on-the-job training, but apprenticeships are now strongly
recommended. To gain an apprenticeship, an applicant must score
well on an aptitude test. You can prepare yourself for this test
and the career by taking math classes and shop classes throughout
high school. Courses that give you the opportunity to learn
blueprint reading, welding, and metalworking are especially
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