Careers In Construction

Boilermakers (Updated January 2017)

Boilermakers perform welding and rigging work in the following areas: Powerhouses (nuclear and fossil fuel), chemical plants and refineries. Work involves erection and maintenance of smoke stacks, water towers, tanks and pressure vessels.

Length of Apprenticeship:

Four (4) Years–6,000 Hours including 144 hours of class work yearly.

  • Apprentices receive eight sets of lessons (1 set every 6 months) and must pass advancement tests.

  • Apprentices must complete on-the-job training sheets and complete and submit monthly reports.

  • Wage Information:

    1st 6 months: 60% of journeyman wage
    2nd 6 months: 65% of journeyman wage
    3rd 6 months: 70% of journeyman wage
    4th 6 months: 75% of journeyman wage
    5th 6 months: 80% of journeyman wage
    6th 6 months: 85% of journeyman wage
    7th 6 months: 90% of journeyman wage
    8th 6 months: 95% of journeyman wage


    National Benefits, Health and Welfare, Pension and Annuity

    Basic Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18-years old.

  • Must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. Certificate.

  • Working Conditions:

    Boilermakers work in extreme weather conditions, at great heights, on various types of scaffolds which include sky climbers and in confined spaces.

    Recommended Preparatory Classes:

    Mathematics, science, drafting, welding and blueprint reading.


  • Must be in good physical condition.

  • Must be able to work in confined spaces.

  • Must be able to lift heavy objects and do a lot of climbing.

  • Work Experience:

    (Helpful, but not necessary for acceptance.) Welding experience is beneficial, but not required.

    Entry Process:

    Applications for Construction Boilermaker apprentices will be accepted during specific application periods between the hours of 8:00 am and 10:00 am at Boilermakers Union Local One, 29841 Archer Ave. Chicago, Il. 60608.


    Boilermakers Local Union #1
    2941 Archer Avenue
    Chicago, Illinois 60608
    Phone: (773) 247-5225
    Fax: (773) 247-0083

    Area Representatives:

    John Riel
    Eric Davis

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