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The job of a boilermaker is extremely important to modern society. Though, in years past, these craftsmen primarily made the boilers that gave the profession its name, they now make a variety of important steel machine parts. Boilermakers often work on various projects and may manufacture parts for a variety of companies. With many South African cities expanding, the sorts of machines that boilermakers help craft are in demand. Making and maintaining boilers for residential and commercial buildings is still the primary task of a boilermaker.
Some of the skills necessary for a boilermaker are welding, taking accurate measurements, and being comfortable working on scaffolding. Boilermakers build, test, repair and regulate the day-to-day operation of boilers. They also work on tanks, heaters and high pressure vessels. Repair skills include laying out various types of heavy metals, operating drill presses and shears to shape metal, and welding pieces together. Physical strength and stamina are important qualities in a boilermaker. Work is generally done on construction sites. This position may also be called 'Artisan Boilermaker' or 'Qualified Boilermaker. Once trained, you will be able to find a boilermaker job.
Boilermaker Supervisor Jobs
Boilermaker supervisors are experienced boilermakers who now manage a team. In addition to their welding and metal cutting skills, they often must be trade tested, and must have worked as a boilermaker for at least two years. A boilermaker supervisor needs an advanced understanding of health and safety, and needs strong communication skills. A supervisory position is more likely than a boilermaker position to have negotiable pay, and can expect to make twice or more what a boilermaker earns. An experienced boilermaker can apply for and find a boilermaker supervisor job that is satisfactory.
There are many trade schools that will train you to work in this profession. As a student, you will have time to consider the industry you want to be in. For instance, many boilermakers work in construction or mining, but others work in heavy engineering. You may work as a machinist, a welder, or both. You may be the one who maintains and repairs the machines. When applying for a new job, the company may want a boilermaker who has already worked in a similar industry, so consider what career path you want to take.