On the Job
Boilermakers assemble, install, and repair boilers, closed vats, and other large containers that hold liquids and gases.
This career requires time standing, walking, or running.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment.
- Assemble products or production equipment.
- Fabricate parts or components.
- Install gauges or controls.
- Install masonry materials.
- Install metal structural components.
- Mark reference points on construction materials.
- Position structural components.
- Weld metal components.
- Clean equipment or facilities.
Typical Working Conditions
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
- Exposure to contaminants (like gases or odors).
- Exposure to hazardous equipment.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Having face-to-face discussions.
- Responsibility for others' health and safety.
- Working with a group or team.
- Working outdoors exposed to weather.
- Making decisions that impact co-workers or company results.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
- High levels of competition.
This page includes information from the O*NET 24.2 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA.
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