Boilermakers have long been involved in the North American railroad industry. We built many of the steam locomotives that powered rail freight and passenger service in the 1800s and into the mid 1900s.
Today, Boilermakers union members working in the railroad industry repair and rebuild diesel locomotives and weld railroad tracks.
Boilermaker skill sets include blueprint reading, metal fabrication, electrical work, cutting and welding.
International representatives of the Boilermakers union work alongside leaders of other rail unions to negotiate fair contracts with national and regional rail carriers. These include freight carriers Union Pacific, CSX, Norfolk Southern, Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF), Kansas City Southern, Canadian National, Indiana Harbor Belt, New Jersey Transit and Springfield Terminal, and commuter carriers Amtrak, Keolis, Indiana Harbor Belt, New Jersey Transit and Springfield Terminal.
Watch this short video of our railroad work in Altoona, Pennsylvania.Find more Boilermaker Films