Careers In Construction
Boilermakers (Updated January 2017)
Apprentices receive eight sets of lessons (1 set every 6 months) and must pass advancement tests.
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) Years6,000 Hours including 144 hours of class work yearly.
Apprentices must complete on-the-job training sheets and complete and submit monthly reports.
Must be at least 18-years old.
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
Must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. Certificate.
Must be in good physical condition.
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 able to work in confined spaces.
Must be able to lift heavy objects and do a lot of climbing.
(Helpful, but not necessary for acceptance.) Welding experience is beneficial, but not required.
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