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Career Details :: Boilermakers
Construct, assemble, maintain, and repair stationary steam boilers and boiler house auxiliaries. Align structures or plate sections to assemble boiler frame tanks or vats, following blueprints. Work involves use of hand and power tools, plumb bobs, levels, wedges, dogs, or turnbuckles. Assist in testing assembled vessels. Direct cleaning of boilers and boiler furnaces. Inspect and repair boiler fittings, such as safety valves, regulators, automatic-control mechanisms, water columns, and auxiliary machines.
A minimum of two to four years of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
- Repairs or replaces defective pressure vessel parts, using torch, jacks, caulking hammers, power saw, threading die, and welding equipment.
- Fabricates parts, such as stacks, uptakes, and chutes, to adapt pressure vessel to premises.
- Inspects assembled vessels for faulty accessories and pressure-tests for leakage.
- Straightens or reshapes bent pressure vessel plates and structure parts, using hammer, jacks, and torch.
- Positions, aligns, and secures structural parts and related assemblies of pressure vessels, using plumb bobs, levels, wedges, and turnbuckles.
- Bolts or arc-welds pressure vessel structures and parts together, using wrenches and welding equipment.
- Maintains and repairs stationary steam boilers and boiler house auxiliaries, using hand tools and power tools.
- Installs refractory brick and other heat-resistant materials in firebox of pressure vessel.
- Attaches rigging and signals crane operator to lift pressure-vessel parts to specified position.
- Bells, beads with power hammer, or welds pressure-vessel tube ends to ensure leakproof joints.
- Locates and marks reference points for columns or plates on foundation, using master straightedge, square, transit, and measuring instruments.
- Installs manholes, handholes, valves, gauges, and feedwater connections in drums of water tube boilers, using hand tools.
- Repairs insulation of pressure vessel with cement.
- Studies blueprints to determine location, relationship, and dimensions of parts to assemble pressure vessels, such as boilers, tanks, and vats.
- Cleans pressure-vessel equipment, using scrapers, wire brush, and cleaning solvent.
- Shapes seams, joints, and irregular edges of pressure vessel sections and structural parts to attain specified fit, using cutting torch, file, and power grinder.
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General Work Activities
- Repairing & Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Performing General Physical Activities
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, Material
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
Frequent Work Context
- Consequence of Error
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Using Hands on Objects, Tools, Controls
- Hazardous Situations
- Responsible for Others' Health & Safety