What is a Boilermaker?

Boilermakers are a in demand!

Boilermakers work in the heavy engineering industry and make boilers, engines and pressures-vessels.

They work with large sheets of metal to make parts for machines and equipment. If you image yourself as a metal worker and practically skilled, then a career in Boiler Making is for you !

Boilermakers build or repair containers made with steel plates and pipes which used in many industries ranging from boilers for steam engines. Vats tanks and to pressure vessels like the ones used at power stations and petrochemical plants.

Their work can also be quite varied and Boilermakers can work in factories: making containers, doing repairs or work at power stations, on oil rigs, in petrol refineries, on the mines and in the shipbuilding industry.

In some ways they are like specialist welders and must be very skilled and responsible when they work: reason being- containers they make or repair are used under high pressure or may contain chemicals or poisonous gases, so any fault in the seams and joints can cause accidents and serious injury.

What does a Boilermaker do?

 Accurately reading plans

Building to specifications

Cleaning and inspecting boiler for proper functioning

Constructing, assembling, maintaining

Repairing stationary steam boilers

Testing assembled vessels

Straightening or reshaping bent pressure vessels

Are you?

Good at working with others?

Details orientated?

Good with your hands?

Mathematically minded?

Good at technical drawing?

Hard working?

Willing to work in cramped, noisy, hot spaces?

Minimum requirement: Grade 9 Certificate

Recommended subjects: Mathematics and Physical Science

Minimum requirements: Grade 10 with Mathematics or Part 1N1


The duration of the apprenticeship varies according to skills set and previous experience. If you are a fast learner you may be able to skip certain processes and go on to your trade test

Workplace Experience


The learner is exposed to relevant equipment in the workplace during his 54 weeks plant training .


The theory must also be consolidated with the practical.

The daily tasks to be carried out by the learner (together with  an artisan)  will be determined by the first fine supervisor ; but the supervisor must also allow certain time for the tasks to be completed by the learner as considered to be PREREQUISITE  for the writing of the trade test.


The mentor will sign off a task in his/ her logbook when the learner has been tested and has mastered the tasks.  All applicable modules must be completed and signed off before the trade test  is done.


Institutional training


During a one week induction training session learners will receive orientation in their new leaning environment. They will also learn how to study and be made aware of all relevant safety aspects of the working environment.


In addition to the above the duration of institutional training is 35 weeks. During these 35 weeks we will focus on their skills, their understanding of the subject as well as knowledge required to be declared competent as diesel/ motor mechanic

A further one week will be used to equip learners with life skills to ensure their competitive advantage in the working environment.

Four weeks are allowed for trade finishing