Boilermakers and Mechanics

Boilermakers and boilermaker mechanics construct, assemble, and repair boilers, vats, tanks, and other large metal vessels that are designed to hold liquids and gases. Following blueprints, they lay out, cut, fit, bolt, weld, and rivet together heavy metal plates, boiler tubes, and castings. Boilermaker mechanics maintain and repair boilers and other vessels made by boilermakers. There are approximately 15,950 boilermakers working in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Construct, assemble, and repair boilers, tanks, vats, and other large metal vessels
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Apprenticeship
School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Apprenticeship
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Hands On
  • Technical
  • Building/Trades
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Shop Supervisor
  • Journeyman Boilermaker or Boilermaker Mechanic
  • Boilermaker Apprentice
  • Boilermaker Helper

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