Profession boilermaker

Boilermakers operate a variety of equipment and machinery to create, repipe and retube hot water and steam boilers, producing them in all steps of the production process. They cut, gouge and shape the metal sheets and tubes for the boilers to size, using oxy-acetylene gas torches, assemble them by shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding or gas tungsten arc welding, and finish them by the approprate machine tools, power tools and coating.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Fuel gas

    The various qualities, hazards and applications of gaseous fuels, such as oxy-acetylene, oxy-gasoline, oxy-hydrogen and others.

  • Flammable fluids

    The behaviour of liquids and gases that represent a serious explosion and fire danger, and their appropriate handling systems and effective storage.

  • Manufacturing of heating equipment

    The manufacture of electrical ovens and water heaters by metalworking processes.

  • Metal smoothing technologies

    The various technologies used for the smoothening, polishing and buffing of fabricated metal workpieces.

Skills

  • Apply arc welding techniques

    Apply and work with a variety of techniques in the process of arc welding, such as shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, submerged arc welding, flux-cored arc welding, and others.

  • Operate welding equipment

    Use welding equipment to melt and join together pieces of metal or steel; wear protective eyewear during the working process.

  • Ensure correct metal temperature

    Ensure the necessary, usually constant, temperature of processed metal workpieces during metal fabrication processes.

  • Select filler metal

    Select optimal metal used for metal joining purposes, such as zinc, lead or copper metals, specifically for welding, soldering or brazing practices.

  • Smooth burred surfaces

    Inspect and smooth burred surfaces of steel and metal parts.

  • Operate precision measuring equipment

    Measure the size of a processed part when checking and marking it to check if it is up to standard by use of two and three dimensional precision measuring equipment such as a caliper, a micrometer, and a measuring gauge.

  • Handle gas cylinders

    Grip gas cylinders in a safe manner and ensure they are compliant with safety and health regulations.

  • Apply precision metalworking techniques

    Comply with precision standards specific to an organisation or product in metalworking, involved in processes such as engraving, precise cutting, welding.

  • Operate soldering equipment

    Use soldering equipment to melt and join together pieces of metal or steel, such as a soldering gun, soldering torch, gas-powered iron, and others.

  • Read standard blueprints

    Read and comprehend standard blueprints, machine, and process drawings.

  • Operate oxy-fuel cutting torch

    Operate a cutting torch fueled by oxyacetylene gas safely to perform cutting processes on a workpiece.

Optional knowledge and skills

repair heating equipment operate drill press supply machine types of drill press oils manufacturing of steam generators spot metal imperfections ferrous metal processing perform product testing riveting machine types dispose of cutting waste material casting processes supply machine with appropriate tools cutting technologies monitor gauge monitor automated machines consult technical resources metal forming technologies keep records of work progress set up the controller of a machine types of metal manufacturing processes rivet types cast metal perform machine maintenance tend punch press