Boilermakers earn while they learn & share pride in complete structures

When you ask a boilermaker about having the same name as a drink, it will literally be the hundredth time they will have had to smile politely at your humour. It’s a sad fact that most people outside our Red Seal profession are woefully unaware of the skill and complexity that our job description entails.
There are two main specialties that boilermaking divide into: the welder and the mechanic. Both skillsets work together on new construction, maintenance of existing structures, and managed demolition. We build equipment within refineries, pulp and paper mills, and power plants (including nuclear). We construct and service storage tanks, pressure vessels, and, yes, industrial boilers.
The boilermaker that has chosen the path of welding will master an expansive number of techniques including mirror welding (when mirrors are used in blind spots) and team welding (partners working on either side of a weld at the same time), and ply their skill in an impressive range of mediums.
Mechanics are responsible for bringing the tools and equipment together on the job site, by either mechanical or physical means, in the preparation for welding and/or installation. This involves the interpretation of blueprints, working with crane operators, and the measuring and fitting of raw materials.
Successful student applicants will be excited to learn that their three to four years of community college training will be covered by their local union hall. They will be sent out as apprentices following their initial year of school and progressively increase their earning potential with each year’s successful completion of training. Students effectively “earn while they learn.”
Becoming a Red Seal Boilermaker, however, does not signal the end of learning. The union hall is able to offer courses to upgrade and maintain skillsets as demand and industry evolve at their state-of-the-art facilities in Winnipeg, Regina, and Thunder Bay.
Safety training is given utmost consideration with boilermakers. Members are trained and certified in confined space, fall arrest, H2S Alive, and in the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System, to name a few examples of the mandatory courses offered.
Boilermakers deserve the well-founded sense of pride exhibited when telling friends or family: “I built that,” pointing out completed structures. We pride ourselves on delivering accuracy and skill together, meeting goals of zero incidents on job sites, and completing projects on or before the promised deadline. Boilermakers are teaming skill and trade to make a better tomorrow. For more information on a career as a boilermaker, visit, or call 204-987-9200.

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