Boilermakers Lodge 146

Boilermakers Lodge 146

a) How long have you been in business? How long have the Boilermakers been in Alberta?
The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers where amalgamated in 1880. Boilermakers Lodge 146 chartered in Alberta June 1948 – 71 years ago.

b) How many locations do you have in Calgary and nationally/internationally? What locations are hiring locally in Calgary and area?
Boilermakers have two Lodge 146 Halls in Alberta, one of our training facilities is in Calgary and the other State of the Art facility in Edmonton. Throughout Canada, the Boilermakers have 8 Locals from the East to the West with several facilities in each Province. Internationally we have 43 Locals.

c) How many people does your organization employ? How many locally?
Lodge 146 in Alberta has roughly 5000 members, many of which are retiring. We are looking to hire many Apprentices that are eager to become Skilled in their Welding or Boilermaker Trade with the Boilermakers Lodge 146.

d) What type of positions do you offer?  (ex. Full time, part time, seasonal, contract etc.)
We offer seasonal contract work for our skilled trades force. The Boilermakers go to work during the Spring and Fall shut downs and periodically through the rest of the year for maintenance jobs in the Oil and Gas sector, Power Plants (Nuclear or coal) and refineries.

e) What are the benefits of working for your company? Staff discounts, incentive programs, scholarships etc.
The Boilermakers offer exceptional training in Welding, Rigging and Fitting so our members can be the best in the trade. We offer safe work environments, good wage and working conditions Strong National Pension Plan and an Excellent Health and welfare plan. We have a multitude of discounts ranging from Marks Work Warehouse to car insurance.

f) Describe opportunities for advancement.
The Boilermakers hire and train new Apprentices and work with them as they achieve their Journeyman credential. We continue to work with our members and provide many education courses such as: Weld test upgrading, CWB, and B Pressure courses. We also offer Industry business courses such as Job Steward classes, Field Supervisor Leadership classes, First Aid, as well as trades skills upgrading which includes Master Rigger, Bundlepuller, Torque & Tensioning and others as industry needs arise. These courses enable our members to become a Job Steward or a Foreman on one of our many industrial projects.

g) List any corporate responsibility initiatives that your organization is currently involved in. 
The Boilermakers support and are involved with several amazing organizations such as:
Welding Summer Camps- We sponsor summer Welding Camps around the City of Calgary
Climate Change Solutions-Boilermakers track and analyze global developments in technology, industry and government policy that impact climate change mitigation.
Helmets to Hardhats- Supporting Military and Veterans to work in the Skilled trades
Kick Ass Careers- Inspiring and educating youth about the opportunities in the trades as well as integrating women in to the construction Work Force
Welding Rodeo- Boilermakers host the Annual Welding Rodeo put on the Shop Teachers from Local High Schools around Calgary
Boilermakers donate to Charities throughout Alberta – From Food drives to donating gifts for families during the Holiday Season

h) How would someone find out about opportunities at your company? How can a candidate apply?
Interested individuals can register with our Calgary office at 403-253-6976 to book a seat for our Apprentice Recruitment Information Seminar that is held monthly at our Training Hall. This is where we will inform our audience who the Boilermakers are, what kind of work we do, what it takes to be an Apprentice with us and how to have a successful and prosperous career within our organization.

i) Describe your hiring and interview process.
Our hiring process is unique. The first step for an interested individual would be to book with our office to attend our Apprentice Recruitment Information Seminar, this is where they will fill out an application and hand in their resume. After the seminar we provide an essential skills assessment that is recognized by AIT. Study guides are available for purchase at our Hall for $45.00.

Upon successful completion of the Essential Skill Assessment we invite successful candidates to attend our 2-week WorkSmart program.  WorkSmart is a trade’s introductory course where we teach the basics of welding, rigging, and fitting. Theory portion of the program is in the morning and in the afternoon we apply the theory to the practical portion of the course in our state-of-the-art training center.

After successful completion of WorkSmart we assist new Apprentices with their Apprenticeship and they can start applying for work through the Boilermaker Union.
j) What do you look for in an employee?
The Boilermakers are looking for hard working, reliable, responsible individuals that are interested in a lifelong career in the trades. A good attitude and a willingness to learn are essential in this industry. We are looking for applicants who want to participate in building both Alberta’s and Canada’s economy.

k) What type of education/training/equipment do you require?
Minimum education is Grade 12 or equivalent. We train our employees, so no prior experience needed. The only equipment required is 6” CSA approved steel-toe leather work boots with a ½” heel and coveralls.

l) What is the minimum age required to work for your company? Are there different age requirements for different positions?
The minimum age to work with the Boilermakers is 18 but can begin the process as early as 17. There are great opportunities to move up to different positions in our organization regardless of age.

m) Provide a wage range for entry level positions.
First year Welder or Boilermaker Apprentices make $26.16/hour up to $29.16/hour.

n) What are the hours of the business and general shift times? Are there a minimum number of hours someone needs to work per week? Is there flexibility regarding school schedules?
The Boilermakers work during the Spring and Fall shutdowns/maintenance in camp environments. The majority of the work with Lodge 146 is in Northern Alberta with some opportunities occasionally being offered in Southern Alberta. Some jobs are fly-in fly-out depending on the contract. The work consists of 8-12 hour shifts. The schedules range from 4 to 7 shifts a week for up to 21 days at a time. In general, our members work for 1-3 months straight followed with time off between jobs.

o) Is a uniform provided or do employees have to pay for it?
Coveralls, hard hats, gloves and personal protective equipment is provided to our members by our contractors. The only equipment that you need to provide is your 6” CSA approved steel-toe leather work boots with a ½” heel.