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Boilermakers fabricate, assemble, erect, test, maintain and repair boilers, vessels, tanks, towers, heat exchangers and other heavy-metal structures. They are employed in boiler fabrication, manufacturing, shipbuilding, construction, electric power generation and similar industrial establishments.
boiler fitter, boiler installer, boilermaker, boilermaker apprentice, construction boilermaker, industrial boilermaker, marine boilermaker, pressure vessel fabricator.
- Read blueprints or specifications to plan sequence of operation
- Lay out plate, sheet steel or other heavy metal and mark bending and cutting lines on work piece using protractors, compasses and drawing instruments or templates
- Set up and operate heavy-metal working machines such as brakes, rolls, shears, flame cutters and drill presses to cut, shape and form metal into parts or sections
- Fit and weld metal parts or sections together to fabricate boilers, vessels, tanks, heat exchangers, piping and other heavy-metal products
- Erect and install boilers and other heavy-metal products according to specifications using hand and power tools
- Repair and perform maintenance work on boilers and other heavy-metal products
- Direct activities of hoist or crane operators and other workers during fabrication, assembly, installation or repair of structures
- Test finished structures using a variety of methods.
Boilermakers may specialize in rigging and hoisting, preparation and layout, or welding aspects of the trade.
Outlook & Prospects for Boilermakers in South Coast--Burin Peninsula Region
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National Outlook ¿ 10-Year Projection (2011-2020)
This section provides labour demand and labour supply projections for this occupation over the 2011-2020 period.
Note: The tables, graphs and middle paragraph shown under this section display updated 2011-2020 projection results. The remaining narrative text (2009-2018 projections) will be updated shortly. We apologize for the inconvenience.
The data in the following table are derived from HRSDC¿s Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS). COPS uses a variety of models to produce a detailed 10-year labour market projection per broad skill level and per occupation at the national level, which focuses on the trends of labour supply and labour demand over the next ten years.
This occupation (Boilermakers) is part of a larger occupational group called Metal Forming, Shaping and Erecting Trades (NOC 726).
|Occupations in this group||
Sheet Metal Workers (7261)
Structural Metal and Platework Fabricators and Fitters (7263)
Welders and Related Machine Operators (7265)
Blacksmiths and Die Setters (7266)
|Employment (non-student) in 2010||123,305|
|Median Age of workers in 2010||39|
|Average Retirement Age in 2010||64|
Occupation Projection for Canada
Over the 2008-2010 period, employment in this occupation dropped significantly while the unemployment rate increased sharply to 17.7% in 2010, which is much higher than the average. The average hourly wage for this occupation increased at a rate similar to the rate for all other occupations. According to key labour market indicators, the number of job seekers was more than sufficient to fill the job openings in this occupation.
Over the 2011-2020 period, an occupation will be in excess demand (a shortage of workers) if the projected number of job openings is significantly greater than the projected number of job seekers. An occupation will be in excess supply (a surplus of workers) if the projected number of job openings is smaller than the projected number of job seekers. For Metal Forming, Shaping And Erecting Occupations, over the 2011-2020 period, job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 46,725 and 52,751 job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill the job openings.
Based on projections and considering that there was surplus labour supply in this occupation, it is expected that the surplus labour supply will continue. In other words, the number of job seekers will be more than sufficient to fill the job openings over the 2011-2020 period. Job openings will arise from both new positions due to economic growth and replacement needs due to retirement. Although the retirement rate is lower than the rate for all occupations, more than 45% of job openings over the projection period will arise from retirements. The low retirement rate in this occupation is due to the fact that workers are generally somewhat younger than the average and retire later than those in other occupations. Consequently, the gap between the average age of workers and the retirement age is greater than the average for all occupations. The number of job openings arising from economic growth will be much higher than over the 2001-2010 period, during which, after the construction industry was stimulated by the building of new housing units, a substantial increase in renovation spending and, more recently, the increase in non-residential construction spending, the construction industry and especially the manufacturing sector were hit hard by the recession. Over the projection period, activities in the construction industry will slow down, primarily as a result of the aging population, and the manufacturing sector will continue to experience difficulties, particularly in the metal and machinery fabricating industry. This will have a negative impact on the number of job openings in metal forming, shaping and erecting trades. With regard to labour supply, the majority of job seekers will come from the school system.
This Chart contains data for Projection of Job Openings vs. Job Seekers for Canada. Information is available in the following tables.
|Other Replacement Demand||3,362||7%|
|Projected Job Openings||46,725||100%|
|Projected Job Seekers||52,751||100%|
In which industry or sector do people in this occupation find jobs in Canada?
This table shows the industry and sectors employing the highest number of people in this occupation.
|Industry / Sector||%|
|Other services (except public administration)||10.90|
|Mining and oil and gas extraction||5.20|
What percentage of people in this occupation are self-employed?
This occupation (Boilermakers) is part of a larger group called Metal Forming, Shaping and Erecting Trades (NOC 726). According to the Labour Force Survey (2012), 8% of workers in this group were self-employed, while the average for all occupations was 15%.
What proportion of people in this occupation work full-time?
This occupation (Boilermakers) is part of a larger group called Metal Forming, Shaping and Erecting Trades (NOC 726). According to the Labour Force Survey (2012), 98% of workers in this group worked full-time, compared to the average of 81% for all occupations.
What is the proportion of women working in this occupation?
This occupation (Boilermakers) is part of a larger group called Metal Forming, Shaping and Erecting Trades (NOC 726). According to the Labour Force Survey (2012), women represented 3% of workers in this group compared to the average of 48
What percentage of people in this occupation are members of a union?
This occupation (Boilermakers) is part of a larger group called Metal Forming, Shaping and Erecting Trades (NOC 726). According to the Labour Force Survey (2012), the unionization rate for this group was 43%, while the unionization rate for all occupations was 32%.
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