The Boilermaker National Joint Apprenticeship Program was established to promote efficient and high quality Field Construction by skilled craftsmen in the Boilermaker trade.

The program provides an opportunity for a person to work through self-studies and on-the-job training, while participating in classroom instruction at local training centers throughout the United States.

Boilermaker work demands a high degree of technical skill and knowledge; a dedication to excellence; a willingness to study and complete on-the-job-training; and an ability to travel from job site to job site to maintain employment.

Apprentices will likely experience the following working conditions:

  • Weather Exposure – Extreme Heat, Cold
  • Demanding, Strenuous Work
  • Working at Great Heights
  • Traveling to Different Jobsites


Consider These Facts Carefully

  • Work performed by Boilermakers requires high technical skill and dedication to top performance.
  • Field construction work is by nature an outside job which means exposure to all types of weather conditions, including extreme heat and cold.
  • Boilers, dams, power generation plants, storage tanks, and pressure vessels are usually of mammoth size; therefore, a major portion of Boilermaker work is performed at great heights, often from 200 to 1000 feet above the ground.
  • Field construction and repair work is contract work; so, when the contract is completed, the job ends. You may have to travel the territory of the Local Lodge and live away from home for extended periods of time.
  • The size of the materials, tools, and equipment handled by Boilermakers requires excellent physical strength and stamina.
  • To become a journeyman Boilermaker you must complete a minimum 6,000-hour apprenticeship program of on-the-job training, typically taking four years.


For more apprenticeship information, please visit the websites of the Boilermakers Northeast Area Apprenticeship Committee or the Boilermakers National Apprenticeship Program.


Applicants that have welding experience or training have priority selection over those with no welding qualifications or training.

Applicants must provide WRITTEN PROOF (certifications, diplomas, official documents, etc.) of welding qualifications and or training if applicable. Applicants who obtain written welding certifications at any time after their Application has been submitted are instructed to immediately mail or fax such qualifications to the NE Area office.

Direct Entry through Helmets to Hardhats

The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers is one of 15 trades participating in Helmets to Hardhats – a program which helps veterans transition from military service to the civilian work force by connecting them with direct entry career opportunities in the construction trades.

Fore more information or to apply online, please visit the NEAAC’s website.