The Boilermaker’s work includes repairing, fabricating, and assembling boilers, tanks, vats, pressure vessels, heat exchangers, and similar vessels made of 1/8th inch of metal plate or larger.

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. We 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
  • Strong Math and Reading Skills
  • Valid Driver's License
  • Successfully pass a Drug Screen



Four (4) year apprenticeship
Boilermakers participate in an apprenticeship-training program before becoming a Journey- worker. 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 Journey-worker wage package, with incremental increases throughout the apprenticeship. Apprentices receive benefits such as Health Insurance, Annuity and Pension.



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





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Boilermakers Local #83

5910 E 86th St., Kansas City, MO 64138
Phone: 816-523-8300

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