The trade of a boilermaker is not an easy trade, it is physically demanding, may require working away from home, working in noisy environments, working at heights, working in enclosed environments and working outdoors during the cold winter months.
Successful boilermakers tend to enjoy:
- the strength and stamina required to work with heavy parts and equipment
- good coordination, mechanical aptitude and manual dexterity
- the ability to tolerate loud and dirty surroundings
- the ability to work in close quarters and at heights
A successful boilermaker career can result in:
- Excellent Pay: The hourly rate of pay for a journeyman construction Boilermaker for each province is based on the BCA contracts.
- Apprentice's rates are prorated based on the journeymen hourly wage, starting at 60% and increasing upon achieving a prescribed number of worked hours. The Pension and Health & Welfare contributions are the same as that of journeymen.
- Excellent Benefits: The Boilermakers National Benefit Plan is one of the best in Canada. Covering Major Medical including prescriptions, Semi-private hospitalization and travel insurance. The dental plan covers major dental work and orthodontics. The plan also includes Life Insurance, Vision Care and Long Term Disability coverage.
- Job Flexibility & Travel Opportunities: Construction work is often seasonal and transient, offering the opportunity to travel and work on various projects with different people. Typical projects may include working at a Nuclear Power Plant in Ontario, a Paper Mill in British Columbia or a Refinery in Alberta, Nova Scotia or Newfoundland. Some job sites are be close to home and others are not. Work weeks may be 40 hours per week or extended hours, working as much as 7 days a week and 12 hours a day.
- Career Advancement: The construction trade and in particular the Boilermaker Trade, have a great need for qualified Supervisory Personnel. One advantage of belonging to a Unionized Construction Organization is that the training you require to advance your career is provided to you through the training departments of the local lodges in affiliation with and jointly funded by the contractors. Opportunities exist for Foremen, General Foremen, Superintendents, Planners and Schedulers.
- Excellent Pension: The Boilermakers National Pension Plan (Canada) is based on a defined contribution on hours paid so the more you earn the more you will have in your pension upon retirement. Our members are retiring with excellent pensions and earlier in life and then can enjoy their retirements longer with a monthly pension that allows them the quality of life they enjoyed while working and decidedly so!