Local Lodge No. 7 accepts Apprenticeship applications on an ongoing basis. Applications are distributed ONLY on the FIRST THURSDAY of EVERY MONTH from 12:00 NOON to 4:00 PM.
Applications MUST be picked up in person (they cannot be mailed or emailed) by visiting 5745 Big Tree Road (Route 20A), Orchard, Park, NY 14127, 716.667.0861.
Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:
- Be 18 years of age.
- Must have graduated from high school, or be able to provide an equivalency certificate – upon registration.
- Be willing to participate in alcohol and drug testing within 48 hours after signing the apprenticeship agreements.
- Have reliable transportation to the related instructions and to travel long distances to job sites.
- Be physically able to perform the usual tasks required in the Boilermaker Trade as determined by a verbal declaration.
Applicants that have welding experience or training will have priority selection over those with no welding qualifications or training. Applicants must provide WRITTEN PROOF (certifications, diplomas, official documents, etc.) of welding qualifications and or training if applicable. Applicants who obtain written welding certifications at any time after their Application has been submitted are instructed to immediately mail or fax such qualifications to the NE Area office.
On a quarterly basis only (January, April, July, October), all new Applications are reviewed and processed by the NE Area office. Utilizing a random selection process supervised by an independent and impartial party, these new applicants will be combined into the Local Lodge’s existing Apprenticeship List. Applicants remain on the Random Selection Apprenticeship List for a period of two (2) years. After the two-year period, all Applicants who have not been offered employment must completely reapply to our Program.
About the Apprenticeship Program
The Boilermaker National Joint Apprenticeship Program was established to promote efficient and high quality Field Construction by skilled craftsmen in the Boilermaker trade. The program provides an opportunity for a person to work through self-studies and on-the-job training, while participating in classroom instruction at Local Training Centers throughout the United States.
Boilermaker work demands a high degree of technical skill and knowledge; a dedication to excellence; a willingness to study and complete on-the-job-training; and an ability to travel from job site to job site to maintain employment.
Consider These Facts Carefully:
- Work performed by Boilermakers requires high technical skill and dedication to top performance.
- Field construction work is by nature an outside job which means exposure to all types of weather conditions, including extreme heat and cold.
- Boilers, dams, power generation plants, storage tanks, and pressure vessels are usually of mammoth size; therefore, a major portion of Boilermaker work is performed at great heights, often from 200 to 1000 feet above the ground.
- Field construction and repair work is contract work; so, when the contract is completed, the job ends. You may have to travel the territory of the Local Lodge and live away from home for extended periods of time.
- The size of the materials, tools, and equipment handled by Boilermakers requires excellent physical strength and stamina.
- To become a journeyman Boilermaker you must complete a minimum 6,000-hour apprenticeship program of on-the-job training, typically taking four years. During that time, Apprentices must satisfactorily complete online self-study lessons, submit on-the-job training modules and attend classroom instruction (minimum of 144 hours a year).
Apprentices will likely experience the following working conditions:
- Weather Exposure – Extreme Heat, Cold
- Demanding, Strenuous Work
- Working at Great Heights
- Traveling to Different Jobsites
For more information on the Boilermakers Apprenticeship program, please visit the websites of the Boilermakers Northeast Area Apprenticeship Committee at or the Boilermakers National Apprenticeship Program.
For Apprentices already enrolled in our program, please log in to the BNAP’s online Learning Management System, by visitong bnap.sftlearn.com. When attempting to access the online cirriculum, do NOT type www into the browser.