Four (4) year apprenticeship NATURE OF THE TRADE:

The Boilermaker’s work includes repairing, fabricating, and assembling boilers, tanks, vats, pressure vessels, heat exchangers, and similar vessels made of metal plate.

Boilermakers assemble and erect prefabricated parts and fittings at construction sites where the boilers or other pressure vessels are to be used after installation is completed, and make all necessary tests to check for defects. They also do repair work in the field. A variety of tools are used when assembling and erecting steel plate units at a building construction site.


  • At least 18 years of age
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • StrongMath and Reading Skills
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Successfully pass a Drug Screen


Boilermakers participate in an apprenticeship-training program before becoming a Journeyworker. The apprenticeship is four years or 6,000 hours, where the apprentice receives on-the-job training and classroom instruction. Classroom topics include blueprint reading, shop, mathematics and welding. In addition, the apprentice is required to attend 4 one- week classes (annually) held in Kansas City, MO. (Rooms and travel are paid by the Hall, for apprenticeship classes). Apprentices attend classes for 8 hours each day, for 5 days.


An apprentice’s starting wage package will be 70% of the Journeyworker wage package, with incremental increases throughout the apprenticeship. Apprentices receive benefits such as health insurance and pension.


Applications are accepted Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the union hall in Kansas City or at the Newton location.

Local #83
1110 N 11th Ave E
Newton, IA 50208
Phone: (641) 275-9539

For more info on this apprenticeship program contact:
Ryan Oliveira