Members of The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers
Any member of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers may call himself or herself a Boilermaker; and many do even though they do not actually work in boiler construction and repair.
Who We Represent
The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers is a diverse union representing over 100,000 workers throughout the United States and Canada in construction, repair, maintenance, manufacturing, professional emergency medical services and related industries. With its headquarters in Kansas City, Kansas, the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers unites 420 Local Lodges throughout North America, providing numerous services for Local Lodges and individual members and uniting all our members in our common endeavor: to improve the lives and lifestyles of our members.
What We Do – Field Construction
Today’s Field Construction Boilermaker is involved in more than just the construction and repair of boilers. Boilermakers are a vital part of construction project teams that erect and repair pressure vessels, air pollution equipment, blast furnaces, water treatment plants, storage and process tanks, stacks and liners. A Boilermaker could be involved in the installation of a giant super-heater section in a large utility boiler, the erection of a 750,000-gallon water storage tank, the placement of a nuclear power plant reactor dome or the construction of components on a hydroelectric power station.
Typical tasks performed by a Field Construction Boilermaker include:
- Loading and unloading materials
- Rigging materials for movement
- Directing crane operators
- Assembling/disassembling scaffolds and work platforms
- Changing crane booms
- Inspecting and caring for rigging accessories and equipment
- Burning and gouging
- Removing and replacing pressured and non-pressure components
- Interpreting blueprints
- Laying out components
- Erecting support steel beams, columns, high/low pressure components
- Using various welding equipment and processes
- Aligning and fitting components
Local Lodge No. 7 – Orchard Park, New York
Conveniently located outside Buffalo, Local Lodge No. 7 was established on April 21, 1881 as a Field Construction Lodge. Under the guidance of current Business Manager Dan DeCarlo, Local Lodge No. 7 boosts a membership of well-trained and highly-skilled individuals deployed to job sites throughout western New York state.
For more information regarding the structure of our union; our International Officers; the many divisions, conferences and departments into which the union is divided – along with some history – please visit the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers.