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Boilermakers: An in-demand Trade

Within today’s labour hire industry, boilermakers are becoming a more in-demand trade.  They fall into the larger category of workers, known broadly as structural steel and weld trading workers. Boilermakers are needed in a variety of manufacturing and engineering sectors including mining, construction and civil.

The steel and welding sector is vast, currently employing over 70,000 workers across Australia. It is predicted that the demand for these kinds of workers, including boilermakers will continue to rise. According to SEEK, job growth for boilermakers is expected to increase by 4.6% over the next 5 years, meaning more employment opportunities for candidates working in this profession. In the short-term, forecasts for 2019 predict for workers within the structural steel and weld trading sector will show strong demand. This trend however, is dependent upon the scale and scope of major infrastructure projects occurring in the future.

What skills employers/recruiters look for in boilermakers?

The range and scale of boilermakers can vary according to their experience. However, it most cases, they must go through the correct safety rules and regulations before they start operating equipment. Employers and recruiters look for experienced and qualified boilermakers, who can fulfil the position successfully and work to a high standard. SEEK has listed the following skills that employers are looking for in boilermaker applicant, including those being shortlisted.  These include:

Employers want:                                                             

  • Welding
  • Fabrication
  • Mig welding
  • Thoroughness
  • Forklift licence

Shortlisted Applicants have:

  • Elevating work platform licence
  • Forklift licence
  • First aid certification
  • Welding
  • Construction induction white card

Hiring a consistent and experienced professional boilermaker is therefore crucial, to get the job done properly and perfectly.

Why boilermakers are in-demand

There are many reasons why boilermakers have become an integral part of the manufacturing and engineering sectors. For example, the renewed sense of optimism within the Australian mining sector, combined with a number of skill shortages has led to an increase in demand across many Australian states. By working in the mining sector, boilermakers have industry expertise and knowledge of the actual operational requirements.

A secondary reason is that a boilermakers skills are transferrable and can be utilised for multiple purposes. Therefore, a single boilermaker can be used across a multitude of projects. However, it is important to operate them properly and smartly, in accordance with what is required within the project scope.

With a plethora of job opportunities for boilermakers available in today’s job market, finding the right position is not the difficult. If you have the corresponding skills and knowledge employers are looking for, give yourself a chance and apply for such opportunities. Advance your career profession with ARG Workforce.  

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