Red Seal / Compulsory Certified

Boilermakers build, repair, test and maintain all types of boilers, tanks and pressure vessels. They perform structural and plate work on dust, air, gas, steam, oil, water and other liquid-tight containers.

You have good physical strength.

You like working outdoors and indoors, at heights and in confined spaces.

You have good hand-eye coordination, mechanical aptitude and manual dexterity.


  • Develop layouts and work plans.
  • Shape, cut and fit metal components together using various tools and equipment.
  • Read and interpret blueprints, maps, drawings and specifications.
  • Assemble and disassemble hydraulic and lattice boom cranes, scaffolds and other platforms.

Key Skills & Attributes

  • Strong numeracy skills.
  • Reading and strong communication skills.
  • Problem-solving and planning skills.
  • Hand-eye coordination.
  • Physical fitness.
  • Experience using precision tools & equipment.

Entering the Trade

  • Is there a training pathway for this trade?: Yes
  • Number of Levels: 3
  • Total Required Apprenticeship Hours: 5,400
  • Total Hours Required to Challenge Exam as a Trade Qualifier: 8,100

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Salary Range

$41.20 – $43.38/hr

*Based on 2023 collective agreement Journeyperson hourly rate

Projected Construction Worker Retirements

~6,500 by 2032*

*BuildForce Canada 10-Year Workforce Outlook for NB