A boilermaker works in an industrial facility, directly involved in the construction of large pressurized liquid containers, mainly boilers. A boilermaker’s job combines elements of regular factory assembly work, but also plumbing, as boilers are designed by specific blueprints to maximize their efficiency. Boilermakers work with a variety of tools, from unpowered lightweight ones to heavy-duty machinery. A boilermaker’s job is usually situated in a hazardous environment, as most of the elements involved in the construction of a boiler are large and heavy and usually transported around the factory via machines.
Even though formal education isn’t strictly required for becoming a boilermaker, it can definitely benefit the candidate if they possess a formal degree/certificate in a discipline like welding or plumbing. The majority of the job’s specifics are taught on the spot, and many companies provide specific training sessions for newcomers, instead of leaving them to learn from their superiors on the job. Prior experience plays a huge role in picking a potential candidate, and thus boilermakers with a solid amount of working experience behind them can usually find new employment very easy. The market is demanding as well, offering a large array of possibilities.
For an assembly-type job, being a boilermaker offers a substantially higher compensation than what most other types of jobs in the industrial sector can provide. The standard annual earnings range between $32,000 and $40,000 with the primary influencing factor being the employee’s experience. Compensations over $40,000 aren’t out of the question, but are a rarity.