Apprenticeship

Local Lodge No. 237 accepts Apprenticeship Applications on an ongoing basis.
Applications are distributed ONLY on the THIRD TUESDAY of EVERY MONTH from 9:00 AM to 12:00 NOON.
Applications MUST be picked up in person by visiting 297 Burnside Avenue, East Hartford, CT 06108, 860.528.9087.

Minimum Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be 18 years of age.
  • Have graduated from high school, or be able to provide an equivalency certificate.
  • Be willing to participate in alcohol and drug testing within 48 hours after signing the apprenticeship agreements.
  • Have reliable transportation to the related instructions and to travel long distances to job sites.
  • Be physically able to perform the usual tasks required in the Boilermaker Trade as determined by a verbal declaration.

About the Apprenticeship Program

The Boilermaker National Joint Apprenticeship Program was established to promote efficient and high quality Field Construction by skilled craftsmen in the Boilermaker trade.

The program provides an opportunity for a person to work through self-studies and on-the-job training, while participating in classroom instruction at local training centers throughout the United States.

Boilermaker work demands a high degree of technical skill and knowledge; a dedication to excellence; a willingness to study and complete on-the-job-training; and an ability to travel from job site to job site to maintain employment.

Apprentices will likely experience the following working conditions:

  • Weather Exposure – Extreme Heat, Cold
  • Demanding, Strenuous Work
  • Working at Great Heights
  • Traveling to Different Jobsites

Consider These Facts Carefully

  • Work performed by Boilermakers requires high technical skill and dedication to top performance.
  • Field construction work is by nature an outside job which means exposure to all types of weather conditions, including extreme heat and cold.
  • Boilers, dams, power generation plants, storage tanks, and pressure vessels are usually of mammoth size; therefore, a major portion of Boilermaker work is performed at great heights, often from 200 to 1000 feet above the ground.
  • Field construction and repair work is contract work; so, when the contract is completed, the job ends. You may have to travel the territory of the Local Lodge and live away from home for extended periods of time.
  • The size of the materials, tools, and equipment handled by Boilermakers requires excellent physical strength and stamina.
  • To become a journeyman Boilermaker you must complete a minimum 6,000-hour apprenticeship program of on-the-job training, typically taking four years.

For more apprenticeship information, please visit the websites of the Boilermakers Northeast Area Apprenticeship Committee or the Boilermakers National Apprenticeship Program.

Code-LogoPriority Selection for Welders

Applicants that have welding experience or training will have priority selection over those with no welding qualifications or training.

Applicants must provide WRITTEN PROOF (certifications, diplomas, official documents, etc.) of welding qualifications and or training if applicable. Applicants who obtain written welding certifications at any time after their Application has been submitted are instructed to immediately mail or fax such qualifications to the NE Area office.

Direct Entry through Helmets to Hardhats

The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers is one of 15 trades participating in Helmets to Hardhats – a program which helps veterans transition from military service to the civilian work force by connecting them with direct entry career opportunities in the construction trades.

Fore more information, please visit the NEAAC’s website.

Application Processing Procedure

On a quarterly basis only (January, April, July, October), all new Applications are reviewed and processed by the NE Area office.

Utilizing a random selection process supervised by an independent and impartial party, these new applicants will be combined into the Local Lodge’s existing Apprenticeship List. Applicants remain on the Random Selection Apprenticeship List for a period of two (2) years. After the two-year period, all Applicants who have not been offered employment must completely reapply to our Program.

Unionized workers earn about 27 percent more in wages, are nearly twice as likely to have an employer-paid pension and are more likely to be covered by an employer-sponsored health care insurance plan than nonunion workers.