Boilermaker 1 apprenticeship

Description of an apprenticeship as a Boilermaker I

Boilermaker 1

DOT code: 805.261-014

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Assembles, analyzes defects in, and repairs boilers, pressure vessels, tanks, and vats in field, following blueprints and using handtools and portable power tools and equipment: Locates and marks reference points for columns or plates on foundation, using master straightedge, squares, transit, and measuring tape, and applying knowledge of geometry. Attaches rigging or signals crane operator to lift parts to specified position. Aligns structures or plate sections to assemble boiler frame, tanks, or vats, using plumb bobs, levels, wedges, dogs, or turnbuckles. Hammers, flame‑cuts, files, or grinds irregular edges of sections or structural parts to facilitate fitting edges together. Bolts or arc‑welds structures and sections together. Positions drums and headers into supports and bolts or welds supports to frame. Aligns water tubes and connects and expands ends to drums and headers, using tube expander. Bells, beads with power hammer, or welds tube ends to ensure leakproof joints. Bolts or welds casing sections, uptakes, stacks, baffles, and such fabricated parts as chutes, air heaters, fan stands, feeding tube, catwalks, ladders, coal hoppers, and safety hatch to frame, using wrench. Installs manholes, handholes, valves, gauges, and feedwater connection in drums to complete assembly of water tube boilers. Assists in testing assembled vessels by pumping water or gas under specified pressure into vessel and observing instruments for evidence of leakage. Repairs boilers or tanks in field by unbolting or flame cutting defective sections or tubes, straightening plates, using torch or jacks, installing new tubes, fitting and welding new sections and replacing worn lugs on bolts. May rivet and caulk sections of vessels, using pneumatic riveting and caulking hammers. May fabricate such parts as stacks, uptakes, and chutes to adapt boiler to premises in which it is installed (BOILERMAKER II).

Work process schedule

Task Hours
A. Care and maintenance of tools and equipment: learning names and use of tools and equipment, care and maintenance, handing out tools and inventory. 100
B. Rigging and bull gang: unloading and handling, use of hoisting equipment, working with derricks and cranes, use of signals and safety. 1400
C. General erection: steel erection in our jurisdiction, setting drums and headers. 1600
D. Tube installations: entering, setting and aligning, getting proper stock, rolling, use of rolling machines, use of gouges and signals, heavy tube sheets, entering and connecting baffles, testing. 400
E. Use of blueprint and layout: use of prints, layout. 400
F. Welding and burning: electric welding, heli-arc and other methods of machine welding, acetylene, burning. 1400
G. Welding and burning: electric welding, heli-arc and other methods of machine welding, acetylene, burning. 400
H. Miscellaneous: drilling tube holes, bending and straightening tubes, scaffolding, other duties outside of trade, working with stewards. 300
(Every 2,000 hours = one year) total hours: 6000

Related technical instruction

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires 150 hours each year of related technical instruction which must be mastered by the apprentice in order to successfully complete the program. For further information, please call the Division of Apprentice Standards at (617) 626-5409.