Jobs in Welding


Boilermakers fabricate, install, maintain, and repair boilers, tanks, vats, pressure vessels, and other structures. These structures generate power, provide heat, and function as storage containers for oil, industrial chemicals or other liquids.

Boilermakers primarily use welding and cutting equipment, but can also utilize tools to fuse, separate, and shape metal plates, sections, and components. Boilermakers contribute to the building, repair or maintenance of structures, including blast furnaces, bridges, rocket boosters, elevators, dams, and locomotives.

Entry Level Salary
National Median Pay
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Sources: Emsi, 2022



  • Welding of small diameter tube/pipe
  • Fabrication, installation, testing, and maintenance of boilers, tanks, vats, and pressure vessels
  • Lay out, assembly, and tear down of scaffolding, cranes or other support structures.
  • Installing auxiliary mechanisms, such as tubes, fittings, valves, and boiler instrumentation
  • Conducting inspections and preparing preventative maintenance reports

Education and training that can lead
to a successful career may include:


Minimum Education

High school diploma or equivalent


Recommended Education

Certificate in welding, metals fabrication, structural welding, etc.


Advanced Education

Associate degree in welding, metals fabrication, structural welding, etc


Recommended Training

Related structural steel fabrication or steel erection work experience


Advanced Training

Apprenticeship program


Recommended Certification

AWS Certified Welder

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Essential Skills 

  • Highly motivated and self-directed
  • Flexible and able to work in a team environment
  • Mechanically inclined and manual dexterity
  • Able to work in harsh weather (heat, cold, snow, rain, etc.)
  • Able to read blueprints, analyze design plans, and understand building codes

Work Environment

Many boilermakers work in the field on active construction sites. Often extensive travel is required, but opportunities also exist in shop environments. 

The heat map below showcases the total number of job postings for Boilermakers in the last twelve months by state. As shown, the darker the color of the state, the higher the concentration of job postings. The heat map is intended to provide insight into areas where Boilermaker careers are currently in demand.


Top Industries

  • Manufacturing

    Water Heaters, Boilers, Power Generation Components, Brewing & Distilling

  • Industrial

    Steel Mills, Food & Beverage Processing Equipment, Power Plant Shut Downs & Expansion, Recycling Facilities

  • Infrastructure

    Railway Components, Waste Management, Building & Structural Components