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The Work

Boilermakers are complete metal fabricators who build and repair ships, fishing boats, ferries, barges, cranes, offshore drilling platforms, boilers, tanks, pressure vessels, plate and structural fabrications. Boilermakers perform welding, automatic and manual burning, blueprint reading, layout and template making, CAD (computer aided drawings), rigging, operation of mobile and stationary cranes, operation of shears, brakes, rolls, drill press, saws and all other metal fabrication equipment. 

Working Conditions

Apprentices are required to work in close and confined spaces inside boilers, vats or tanks or work in high places on top of large vessels. Workers often use acetylene torches, power grinders and other potentially dangerous equipment. The work is hard and heavy lifting is required. There are often periods of unemployment between jobs. 

The Apprenticeship

The apprenticeship is a 4-year program, requiring 6,000 hours of hands-on training and 288 hours of classroom training per year. 

Enrollment Period: Call office for information on openings. 

To Apply

Boilermakers Local 502
Joint Apprenticeship Committee
Local Phone: (907) 563-1280
Contact: Apprenticeship Coordinator
Western States Coordinator
4517 62nd Ave., East
Puyallup, WA 98371
(253) 922-3020 (phone)
(253) 922-3029 (fax)

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* The information presented on these pages may not contain every apprenticeship opportunity available in Alaska.  If you currently sponsor an apprenticeship program that meets U.S. Dept. of Labor standards and would like your information posted here please contact the AJCN web coordinator.

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