Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.
The Boilermaker apprenticeship term is 3 years (three 12-month periods), including a minimum of 1,500 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of technical training each year.
Once training has been completed, the apprentice writes provincial examinations set by the Government of Alberta and becomes certified as a journeyperson.
The first period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in general safety, rigging, introduction to drawings and layout, welding and cutting, and trade knowledge.
The second period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are provided further training in rigging, drawings and layout and trade knowledge, as well as fitting and fabrication.
The third period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are provided advanced training in rigging, drawings and quality controls, trade knowledge, fitting and fabrication.