It’s an exciting time to forge a lifelong career in a trade where so much is on a grand scale. For example, Petro-Canada’s Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel – a ship-shaped production platform – is one of the largest ever built, containing 14 oil tanks that can store 960,000 barrels of oil from Newfoundland’s Terra Nova oil fields. Up to 40 per cent of current boilermakers are expected to retire in the next few years, increasing the demand for skilled workers to maintain, repair and retrofit existing facilities and to meet the needs of the current wave of industrial construction. At the same time, advancing technology, new materials and modern production techniques such as modular construction and computer-assisted design are also changing the boilermaker field rapidly. The skills you develop in your apprenticeship program will be much in demand.
You’ll also enjoy the travel, camaraderie and pride that come with creating something tangible from raw materials, while working at construction sites, at nuclear power plants, heavy water plants, refineries and chemical manufacturers. You can also work in boiler production plants as industrial facilities turn increasingly to smaller prefabricated boilers.