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NOC Code: NOC Code: 7234 Occupation: Boilermakers
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Boilermakers fabricate, assemble, erect, test, maintain and repair boilers, vessels, tanks, towers, heat exchangers, and other heavy-metal structures. They are employed in boiler fabrication, manufacturing, shipbuilding, construction, electric power generation and similar industrial establishments. Boilermakers fabricate, assemble, erect, test, maintain and repair boilers, vessels, tanks, towers, heat exchangers, and other heavy-metal structures. They are employed in boiler fabrication, manufacturing, shipbuilding, construction, electric power generation and similar industrial establishments.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3
Writing Writing 1 2 3
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3 4
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1 2
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2 3 4
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2 3
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2 3
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2 3
Finding Information Finding Information 1


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Reading
  • Read directions on adhesive labels to obtain product information. (1)
  • Read brief summaries of toolbox safety meetings (i.e., daily meetings held with workers to discuss safety issues) to review the issues discussed. (1)
  • Read short notes from co-workers to coordinate work activities. (1)
  • Read collective agreements to locate information on terms and conditions of work. (2)
  • Read Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to locate information about safe handling of a substance. The text may be a paragraph in length and use technical terminology. (2)
  • Read code books to identify job-specific procedural specifications and tolerances. (2)
  • Read company policies and procedures to respond appropriately to situations such as emergency evacuations. (2)
  • Read reference books (e.g., IPT's Metal Trades Handbook, IPT's Crane and Rigging Handbook) to review technical procedures, mathematical explanations, first aid instructions, and safety guidelines. Synthesize information from various parts of the books. (3)
  • Read technical training manuals to review terminology and procedures addressed in upgrading courses. (3)
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Writing
  • Keep personal logbooks to record daily activities, noting such information as hours worked, tasks completed, problems encountered, observations, and concerns. (1)
  • Enter dates on a vacation scheduling form to book time off work. (1)
  • Write co-workers brief notes to coordinate work activities. (1)
  • Write a production plan to sequence and schedule tasks. (2)
  • Write suggestions to provide input about how the company could improve its working environment or procedures. (2)
  • Complete industry health and safety report forms to record information about unsafe conditions. This involves writing a paragraph or more and requires some analysis of the situation or conditions being reported. Since these documents could be used to file a grievance, clarity, detail and accuracy are important. (3)
  • Complete a hazard or near-miss report form to record information about occurrences. This involves writing a paragraph or more and requires some analysis and integration of information. Since these documents could be used in a court of law, clarity, detail and accuracy are important. (3)
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Document Use
  • Read toolbox meeting agendas to identify discussion items. (1)
  • Make scale drawings to identify the specific job to be performed. (1)
  • Read bills of lading to verify that the information documented (e.g., part names, weights and quantities) reflects the match the materials delivered. (1)
  • Read tables showing the weights and sizes of steel bars to locate a specific bar size. (1)
  • Read Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to obtain information about a hazardous product and its properties. (2)
  • Interpret American Welding Society standard welding symbols on blueprints to identify the recommended welding technique. (2)
  • Reference equipment catalogues to locate part numbers or part names. (2)
  • Read assembly drawings to clean and repair heat exchangers. (2)
  • Interpret schematics to perform various tasks related to a specific project. (4)
  • Interpret blueprints to determine what tasks must be completed and to review material lists. (4)
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Digital Technology
  • Use digitized programmable equipment such as scientific calculators, digital levels and lasers. (1)
  • Use computer-assisted training tools such as on-line programs or software packages for health and safety training. (1)
  • Use application equipment (robotics) and computer-controlled equipment such as welding overlays. (1)
  • Use computer-assisted design (CAD) software to modify drawings. (2)
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Oral Communication
  • Speak with colleagues and supervisors at daily health and safety toolbox meetings to discuss safety issues on the agenda. (1)
  • Interact with supervisors to receive task-specific directives. (1)
  • Contact a supplier by telephone to order a part. (1)
  • Consult with draftspersons, quality control officers and/or engineers to discuss problems with blueprints such as code violations, technical challenges and design flaws. (2)
  • Interact with supervisors to discuss technical issues, safety concerns, timelines, and personnel matters so that concerns can be addressed and problems noted in the supervisor's logbook. (2)
  • Consult with union representatives to discuss contract issues or to present grievances. (2)
  • Interact with colleagues and supervisors at phase hazard analysis meetings to identify task-related risks and challenges. (2)
  • Explain procedures to co-workers to make tasks easier. (2)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Determine work team composition and related schedules if acting as a working foreperson to address project timelines and tasks. (1)
  • Schedule daily activities to complete assigned tasks. (1)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Total the weight/mass of materials to be hoisted by a crane to determine if the load weight/mass is allowable for the type of crane being used. (1)
  • Measure the wall thickness of tubing to calculate tube expansion for heat exchangers. (1)
  • Calculate the Working Load Limit for a variety of wire and fibre rope types using a formula to determine which size and type of rope to use when hoisting a load. (2)
  • Convert Imperial measurement to metric to fabricate or modify a part. (2)
  • Measure angles to cut tubing/pipe to specifications. (3)
  • Use a formula to calculate sufficient expansion during a tube expansion process (i.e., final inside diameter = inside diameter + clearance + a specific portion of one wall thickness). (3)
  • Use geometry, such as bisecting angles and constructing a circle from chords, to lay out materials for pressure vessels. (4)
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Data Analysis
  • Cross reference the measurements on blueprints with industry specifications to ensure that code requirements are met. (1)
  • Compare pressure gauge readings to stated norms to determine whether pressure adjustments must be made. (1)
  • Compare the measured oxygen concentration in a working environment to published standards for a safe, breathable atmosphere. (1)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate tube/pipe lengths to perform rough cuts. (1)
  • Estimate the material requirements for a job (e.g., number of sheets of steel, number of lengths of tube/pipe) to ensure that sufficient materials are on hand to complete tasks. (2)
  • Estimate how many workers and hours will be required to complete a job to ensure daily task scheduling is accurate and timelines realistic. Forepersons have the authority to make scheduling and roster decisions. (2)
  • Estimate loads to ensure safe rigging operations are being used. (3)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Boilermakers' job task planning and organizing responsibilities are dependent on their work setting (shop or construction). In some cases, boilermakers may be given a project to complete and a technical drawing to follow. They decide upon the production sequence and task allocations in conjunction with their supervisor. Time management is determined by the project timelines. In other cases, boilermakers are given detailed instructions by their foreperson, which often include the daily production schedule and assigned tasks (although the former can be determined jointly at the pre-job planning meeting). The day-to-day organizational requirements of the job are very dependent upon the projects involved. In some situations, identical parts are being produced or identical tasks being performed, making each day repetitive and easy to plan. In other situations, different tasks are being performed or a variety of products being made or repaired which presents a number of planning challenges, including frequent interruptions. Sequencing, scheduling and coordinating are very important when several trades are involved in a project. Effective planning is especially important if the worksite cannot safely support several individuals working at the same time. Any boilermaker can be called upon to serve as a working foreperson if there are six or less boilermakers in a crew. A working foreperson has additional planning responsibilities such as organizing the tasks of the crew as well as other tradespeople involved in the job. A working foreperson determines daily production schedules, sequences tasks, coordinates work schedules across trades, and ensures timelines are met. When working forepersons plan and organize others, they consider the number of workers the site can safely accommodate at any one time, optimal use of person hours for all trades involved, job deadlines, task sequencing, the skill mix of crew members, and numbers of workers assigned to the crew. Planning and organizing others is not a primary responsibility of the occupation, but the position of working foreperson is important when assumed. (3)
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Decision Making
  • Decide at the phase hazard analysis stage whether a two-way radio is necessary for critical lifts or if hand signals can be used. (1)
  • The other workers you are working with lack the skills to do a job safely and effectively. Decide whether to take the time required to explain how improvements could be made or to refer the situation to a supervisor. (1)
  • An equipment error has been identified, such as a bracket attached unevenly, which does not affect the functionality of the structure. Decide whether to repair it, considering such factors as deadlines and the potential reaction of the client. (2)
  • Sub-standard work has been discovered in a commercial setting or in the field. Decide whether to correct the problem, notify an authority or determine who is responsible and why the problem occurred. (2)
  • Decide whether to refuse a job that you consider is potentially dangerous. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • The job is supposed to begin on a specific date but the worksite has not been prepared. Determine what job tasks may be addressed in the interim to ensure that deadlines will be met. (1)
  • The appropriate tools are not available to complete a task effectively. Determine what tools are necessary and custom fabricate them (e.g., jigs, dog and wedge). (2)
  • Deal with tight timelines imposed by job conditions. Assess the assigned task to determine a more feasible timeframe. Then share this information with supervisory staff who determine if additional personnel should be assigned or overtime shifts implemented. (2)
  • There are potentially hazardous job conditions (e.g., fly ash, asbestos, arsenic) that require a specific response. Assess the situation to determine what action should be taken and then implement the solution (e.g., choose appropriate safety equipment, isolate the area, call insulators to strip asbestos). (2)
  • The blueprints (created by draftspersons or engineers) do not accurately reflect the reality of a situation. Determine what changes are necessary and make recommendations to the foreperson for consideration by engineering staff. (2)
  • Many tradespeople are required to complete a job at a worksite that can only safely accommodate a limited number of tradespeople at any given time. Sequence tasks within your own team to complete the work on schedule. Also coordinate with other trades (e.g., electricians), considering such factors as safety and the optimal use of person hours across trades. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Contact the supervisor to obtain information about procedures or technical problems. (1)
  • Locate information in a technical handbook regularly to review procedures, mathematical equations, specifications, symbols and equipment. (1)
  • Obtain information on safe work practices from co-workers and supervisors during safety toolbox meetings. (1)
  • Refer to a collective agreement to verify pay rates and worker rights. (1)
  • Consult with quality control officers, engineers and/or draftspersons to get information about blueprints and design. (1)
  • Refer to a catalogue to get a part number or the name of a piece of equipment. (1)
  • Consult peers to gain technical knowledge and assistance with problems. (1)
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