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The location where your NAIT courses will be held.


The educational branch of NAIT that offers this program. Each school is uniquely equipped with facilities, equipment, and curriculum designed to benefit the needs of their students.


The type of certification (degree, diploma, certificate) you will earn after completing your program.

  • Degree - NAIT offers a number of business degrees and applied science and technology degrees accredited by Alberta Advanced Education.
    Applied degree programs offer a stronger emphasis on practical applications of the concepts learned in the classroom
  • Diplomas & Certificates - These credit programs take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.
  • Journeyman Certificate - Hands-on and expert-led apprenticeship and industry training for skilled trades and technology professionals.
  • Continuing Education/Non-Credit - NAIT offers a wide range of non-credit programs and courses for personal and professional development in a number of interesting and exciting fields. These options are great for people who may be working but are interested in studying as well.

Delivery Options

The flexible schedule options for this course including time of day and full/part-time.

  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Blended - A combination of online and in-class components.
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times


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.

Most apprenticeship programs are 3-4 periods in length, with an average of 8 weeks for each training period. In addition, there are specific allotments of on-the-job training hours associated with each period, so most apprentices complete 1 period per calendar year.

You want to be a boilermaker. You want to work on all types of boilers, tanks and pressure vessels, performing structural and plate work on air-, steam- and liquid-tight containers.

But you need to learn more, like how to repair, test or maintain pressure vessels, or how to erect and install boilers. Maybe you want to know how to fabricate heat exchangers or fired reactors, or want some experience working on scaffolds to repair existing boilers.

NAIT is the only institute in Alberta to provide


apprenticeship training, we’re here to teach you everything you need to know.

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

If you enjoy working with tools, heavy equipment and machinery, have a high attention to detail for precise work and like a job with plenty of variety, then you will enjoy working as a boilermaker.

Boilermakers work in fabrication shops or heavy industrial plants. By nature of the work, you are often inside confined spaces, requiring strict safe worksite practices.

Training at NAIT

The Boilermaker apprenticeship term is:

  • The Boilermaker apprenticeship term is:
  • 3 years (three 12-month periods)
  • minimum 1500 hours on-the-job training each year
  • 8 weeks of technical training each year

PPE Requirements

Please ensure you have the following personal protective equipment (PPE) when you arrive for the first day of classes. Find everything you need online at shop.nait.ca.

  • CSA-approved steel-toed boots (min. 6”)
  • clear safety glasses
  • gloves
  • hard hat
  • seasonal workwear

Enter the workforce with confidence

As a boilermaker, you will most commonly find work in metal fabricating and iron and steel construction, including shipbuilding and rail transport, as well as energy industries such as petroleum and coal, electric power and oil and gas. Boilermaker employment can fluctuate with seasonal and economic changes, especially for those working in construction.

Boilermakers are heavily involved in the construction of industrial plants, including pulp mills, mine mills, generating plants and oil and gas plants.

Once you have obtained enough on-the-job experience, some boilermakers may advance to become a supervisor or superintendent, quality control and assurance manager, site inspector or trainer.


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General program information

Email: Manufacturing@nait.ca


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Tuition & Fees

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How to Apply

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Scholarships & Awards

Funding for students in this program

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.

Once your training has been completed, you’ll be able to write provincial examinations set by the Government of Alberta and become a certified journeyperson.

Period 1

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.

Period 2

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.

Period 3

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.

Period One

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $375.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $135.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Period Two

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $190.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $135.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Period Three

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $190.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $135.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Complete an apprenticeship application & contract form

Effective November 1, 2014, you must fillout the application located on the MyTradesecrets website for Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board staff to determine if you are eligible for status as an indentured apprentice.

Dates & Deadlines

Once you are an indentured apprentice, you can review the availability and start and end dates of the program you are interested in. Log into your MyTradesecrets profile and do a search under the Class Registration section. Then you can determine the schedule that best fits your needs.

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Apply to Program

Apply to the program with step-by-step instructions on how to complete the application process. Please note, processing time may vary for applicants, so we recommend starting early.

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Scholarships & Awards

NAIT supports over 4,000 students with over $6 million in scholarships and bursaries each year. Many are available for students across a wide range of programs.

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Red Seal

The Interprovincial Red Seal Program was developed to provide journeypersons with the ability to work anywhere in Canada.

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Blue Seal

If you are a certified Blue Seal journeyperson in Alberta, you've proven that you meet Alberta's high industry standards and possess the skills to succeed in your trade.

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Explore your options

There are many different ways to experience a NAIT education, from full-time diploma programs and apprenticeships to part-time degrees. Let us help you choose what's right for you.

Apply for Apprenticeship and Industry Training

Begin the application process through MyTradesecrets.

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