Boilermaker Fitter

Position, align, and secure structural parts of pressure vessels.
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Salary Range
$30,000 – $81,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Boilermaker Fitters do?

Positions, aligns, and secures structural parts and related assemblies of pressure vessels, such as boilers, tanks, and vats in specified relationship for subsequent permanent assembly by BOILERMAKER I or WELDER, BOILERMAKER. Locates and marks position of parts, using measuring tape, transit, square, and plumb bob. Signals RIGGER to lift parts into position. Aligns parts to specified fit, using dogs, wedges, turnbuckles, jacks, hammers, and drift pins. Cuts, files, and grinds seams and joints to attain specified fit, using cutting torch, file, and power grinder. Straightens or reshapes bent plates or structure, using hammer, jacks, and torch. Clamps, bolts, or tack-welds parts in place for final welding or bolting. Climbs framework or ladders to position, fit, or secure parts. May fit plates, structures, or pipes to repair ships.


Should I be a Boilermaker Fitter?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Boiler Fitter, Boilermaker Pipe Fitter, Boiler Setter

    How to become a Boilermaker Fitter

    Most Boilermaker Fitters have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9afaaa&chl=no+college+%2866%25%29|certificate+%2828%25%29|associate%27s+%286%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,66,66
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