Boilermakers are specialist engineering fabrication tradespersons. Engineering fabrication tradespeople cut, shape, join and finish metal to make, repair or maintain a variety of metal structures products. Boilermakers work in the heavy machinery and equipment sector.
Boilermakers (Heavy Fabrication) work with heavy gauge metals to manufacture or repair structures and containers that may have to withstand intense pressure, such as ships, boilers and storage tanks. They use hand tools, flame cutting torches, and metalworking machines such as guillotines and shearing machines. They also uses machine tools such as vices, hydraulic presses and rolling machines to shape and bend components which are then assembled by welding, bolting or riveting.
Boilermakers work in workshops or production areas that can be noisy, hot and dusty, however the work environments are generally spacious, ventilated and well lit. The majority of their work is spent standing and they often need to bend, crouch or climb. They sometimes work in confined spaces such as inside boilers and tanks and at heights, and many work shifts.
Boilermakers may work in a team or alone and because of the nature of their work safety awareness and compliance with regulations is important. They must be aware of safety regulations and must wear supplied protective equipment.
To work as a boilermaker you will usually require a Certificate III in Engineering (Fabrication Trade).
You can work at even higher levels within this occupation and sector. Boilermakers can with experience, and possibly further training, work in more supervisory and technical occupations and even at a par-professional level assisting engineers.
Of course you can continue to progress further along a career pathway that could see you in a number of senior management positions.
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