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Boilermakers Local 85 Apprenticeship Joint Training and Education Fund

In November 1976 Harlie Rucker the Business Manager for local lodge 85 and the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Shipbuilders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers Local Lodge #85 created a training and education trust fund for the sole purpose of providing training and educational benefits for its apprentices and members.

Terms of the Apprenticeship: Boilermaker’s Local 85 Apprenticeship Program requires, at a minimum, the following every six months: completion of 6 online self-study lessons, On the job training modules and passing a written exam. All apprentices must earn a welding certification during the course of their apprenticeship.

Additionally to graduate to journeyman boilermaker status, you must complete a minimum 6000 hours of on the job training and you must attend, participate, and complete a minimum of 150 hours per year of classroom instruction.
Boilermakers work under an exclusive referral system. This system requires you sign a list at the hall from which you are referred to work. As jobs become available, you will be dispatched in the order in which you signed the list. There will be periods of unemployment which last from one day to several months. It is your responsibility to file for unemployment compensation during these periods of unemployment.

Boilermaker Apprentice Job Duties: Typical tasks performed by a field construction boilermaker apprentice include:

1. Loading and unloading materials.

2. Rigging materials for movement.

3. Directing crane operators

4. Assembling/disassembling scaffolds and work platforms.

5. Changing crane booms

6. Inspecting and caring for rigging accessories and equipment.

7. Burning and gouging.

8. Removing and replacing pressured and non-pressure components.

9. Interpreting blueprints.

10. Laying out components.

11. Erecting support steel beams, columns, high/low pressure components.

12. knowledge of and utilize skills for various welding equipment and processes.

13. Aligning and fitting components.

14. Welding processes utilized: SMAW, FCAW, GTAW