Engineering Fabrication (Boiler Maker/Welder)

Location: Victoria and Tasmania
Duration: 4 years
Qualification: Certificate III in Engineering Fabrication trade

Engineering is in most parts of our lives, from the phone we use, the car we drive, the tram and the train we travel on, to the house we live in, all of which wouldn’t be without engineers, in particular Boiler Makers.

As a boiler maker apprentice you will learn how to shape and fabricate metal. You will learn to weld, cut, shape, assemble and fit metal for a variety of things including bridges and buildings, mining equipment and large pipe works.

You can specialise in a specific area including:

  • Sheet metal
  • Ventilation and air-conditioning ducting
  • Plate and structural sections
  • Pressure Vessels
  • Forging of custom parts and welding
To become a boiler maker (fabricator) you have to complete an Australian Apprenticeship, being the Certificate III in Engineering Fabrication Trade, which comprises of on-the-job and off-the-job education, training and workplace experience.
Entry requirement may vary however employers require Year 10, Year 11 or Year 12.

Qualifying as a boiler maker/fabricator involves:

  • Four years commitment
  • Attending paid work with a ‘host employer’ for the duration of the apprenticeship
  • Attend off-the-job training at the NECA Education and Careers purpose built training facility or another RTO
  • Successfully complete all requirements.

Ideal personal requirements to be a boiler maker/fabricator include:

  • Enjoy mathematical and technical activities
  • Strong numerical skills
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Good hand skills
  • Strong problem solving skills.
  • You earn while you learn
  • Annual Leave
  • Personal Leave
  • Nationally recognised qualification
  • Dedicated Industry Careers Consultant, who will guide you every step of the way, from the day they interview you, through to completion. Whether this is one, two or four years from now, your Industry Careers Consultant will always be there for you to discuss training needs, workplace performance or to have a general chat about work or life, or both (link to field officer page)
  • A head start to your career!