Become a Boilermaker Apprentice

Are you interested in becoming an apprentice Boilermaker?

Depending on your province, you’ll spend between four and five years (4,800 to 6,000 hours) learning the trade. 720 of those hours will be spent in a community college classroom and the rest on the job.

You’ll get paid while you learn on the job. Once you graduate, you’ll be a journeyperson Boilermaker, earning top wages (up to $55 per hour) and benefits, including Canada’s best health and welfare plan and an industry-leading pension plan.

In college, you’ll follow a national core curriculum, learning the standards of our trade that will let you move from province to province when you earn your journeyperson’s Red Seal certificate.

From the early days of steamships and locomotives, our union has been a leader in apprenticeship training and skills upgrading for journeypersons. Once you’ve graduated, you can attend ongoing skills-upgrading courses at one of our local training centres from coast to coast. Our training courses cover all aspects of safety and trade-related subjects, such as welding, rigging and supervision.

Provincial Apprenticeship Information

If you wish to learn more about a Boilermaker apprenticeship in your province, contact one of our representatives listed below:


Robert James
Director of Education & Apprenticeship
Boilermaker Lodge 146
15220 - 114 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5M 2Z2
Telephone: (780) 451-5992

British Columbia

Gord Weel
Training Coordinator
Boilermaker Lodge 359
5510 – 268th Street
Langley, BC V4W 3X4
Telephone: (778) 368-3590

Manitoba & Saskatchewan

Craig Beauchamp
Training Coordinator
Boilermaker Lodge 555
110 Haarsma Road
East St.Paul, MB R2E 0M8
Telephone: (204) 987-9200

Newfoundland and Labrador

Jerry Flaherty
Business Manager
Boilermaker Lodge 203
P.O. Box 250
Holyrood, NL A0A 2R0
Telephone: (709) 229-7958 x222
Fax: (709) 229-7300

New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and PEI

Mario Leblanc
Apprenticeship & Training Coordinator
Boilermaker Lodges 73 & 203
345 King William Rd.
Saint John, NB E2M 7C9
Telephone: (506) 634-7386


Tom MacNeil
Apprenticeship & Training Coordinator
Boilermaker Lodge 128
1035 Sutton Drive
Burlington, ON L7L 5Z8
Telephone: (905) 332-8109 x229
Fax: (905) 332-1094