Boilermakers Local 92
Typical Work/ What's
Typical Boilermaker Work
Boilermaker work requires a high degree of technical skill, knowledge, and dedication to
excellence. Field construction work is, by nature, an outdoor job which requires exposure to all
types of weather conditions, including extreme heat and cold. Boilers, dams, power plants, storage
tanks, and pressure vessels are usually of mammoth size, therefore, a major portion of Boilermaker
work is performed at great heights.
Field construction, maintenance, and repair is contract work; when the contract is completed the job
ends. You may have to travel the territory of your local lodge, or other local lodges, living away from
home for extended periods of time. The size of the materials, tools, and equipment handled by
Boilermakers requires physical and mental strength, and stamina.
To become a Journeyman Boilermaker you must complete a minimum 6000-hour apprenticeship
program of classroom and on-the-job training, usually taking up to four years. To become a
journeyman an apprentice must also complete forty-eight self-study lessons, twenty-one on-the-job
training modules, and a minimum of 144 hours per year of classroom instruction.
Tasks typically performed by Apprentice Field Construction Boilermakers include:
- Loading and Unloading Materials
- Rigging Materials for Movement
- Directing Crane Operators; Changing Crane Booms
- Assembling/Disassembling Scaffolds and Work Platforms
- Inspecting and Caring for Rigging Accessories and Equipment
- Removing and Replacing Pressured and Non-Pressured Components
- Interpreting Blueprints
- Laying out Components
- Erecting Steel Support Beams, Columns, Highj/Low Pressure Components
- Using Various Welding Equipment; Burning and Gouging
- Aligning and Fitting Components
Congratulations on becoming a Field Construction Boilermaker. We hope the following information
and suggestions will be helpful in your new career.
When you become a Boilermaker you will sign up on the "Out of Work List". When you receive a call
from the hall, and accept an assignment, your dispatch order will be faxed to the job site. You must
report to the job site on time, with picture identification, prepared to work. By accepting a job you have
made a commitment to Local 92 and the Contractor. You are expected to honor that commitment by
staying on the job until your assignment is completed. Upon lay-off/completion of your assignment you
should call the hall to have your name put on the "Out of Work List". You are placed on the list on a first
come, first served basis.
Many of your expenses, as a Field Construction Boilermaker, are tax deductible; such as union dues,
safety equipment, tools, and travel expenses. It is suggested that you keep a log book with all job
information, and a container for all receipts related to your work/travel expenses. In your log book you
may want to include: the name of your employer (the contractor who paid you), their address, phone
number, job location, date of hire and lay-off, and any expenses incurred while on the job; those
expenses might include food and lodging. Along with your receipts, you should keep your payroll stubs
for comparison with year end W-2 forms that your employer should mail to you by the end of January.
Field work can be sporadic; keep this in mind when making financial decisions. After the completion
of an assignment you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. For information contact the
California Employment Development Dept (EDD). New claims may require a one week waiting
period before you receive payment.
We suggest you take advantage of all the Boilermakers Union has to offer. Local 92 has a
state-of-the-art training facility, and we're affiliated with organizations who provide services to help you
not only maintain your skills but make you the best Boilermaker you can be. You, your professionalism,
and your skills are our best marketing tools and advertisement.