Boilermaker Examination

The examination is 3 hours long. It contains 51 questions and each question is worth 1 point. The required passing grade is 60%. The materials for your use during the examination are provided to you. They are: a pencil, a paper sheet, a calculator, a ruler, an eraser and annexes. No other material or reference document is allowed during the examination.

Skill content on which questions may be based

Section 1 – General skills (35%)

  • Safety measure
  • Interpreting plans and specifications
  • Welding procedures
  • Communicating with signals
  • Tools and equipment
  • Erecting scaffolds
  • Level readings
  • Installing anchors
  • Rigging and handling parts and components
  • Checking work quality
  • Construction site mobilization and demobilization

Section 2 – Manufacturing and installation (25%)

  • Manufacturing parts and assembling furnaces, ovens and incinerators:
    • Preparing parts
    • Preassembling components
    • Erecting supports and structures
    • Assembling walls
    • Installing tube supports and tubes
    • Assembling the chimney and junctions
    • Installing ducts and equipment
    • Installing penstocks, spiral casings, treatment systems:
    • Assembling components
    • Dismantling penstock reinforcements

Section 3 – Erection and repairs (20%)

  • Erecting fractionating towers, tanks and silos:
    • Assembling sections
    • Erecting a fractionating tower
    • Putting in place, assembling and welding floor, wall and roof plates
    • Squaring the fractionating tower
    • Building a door plate
    • Installing rafters, centre columns, the roof angle iron and roof plates
  • Repairing exchangers, elements and equipment:
    • Blocked ducts and nozzles
    • Taking measurements
    • Repairs
    • Removing the tube bundle and components
    • Cleaning and repairing the tube bundle
    • Installing the tube bundle
    • Tube and shell leak
    • Test

Section 4 – Assembly and demolition (20%)

  • Assembling boilers:
    • Putting in place columns, steel beams and other structural elements of the boiler
    • Demolishing and disassembling boilers, tanks, towers, elements and equipment:
    • Unblocking nozzles
    • Determining the weight of equipment and elements
    • Dismantling components
    • Handling disassembled elements and debris

Samples of questions for provincial qualification examination.

Suggested documentation

The suggested documents are an important tool to help you prepare for the examination. However, your best asset to write the exam successfully are the quality and diversity of the skills you have acquired during your apprenticeship.

  • IPT PUBLISHING AND TRAINING LTD. IPT’s Guide to Blueprint Interpretation, Grant E. Jacobs, Alberta, 2008, 379 p.
    Tel : 1 888 808-6763

    and Welding Handbook, Ronald G. Garby and Bruce J. Ashton,
    Alberta, 2008. 579 p.
    Tel.: 1 888 808-6763

    Hoisting and rigging: safety manual: revised
    January 2007, Etobicoke, CSAO, 1995, 168 p.