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What Is a Boilermaker?

This question comes up often, and elicits numerous different answers. The fact is that the word has more than one definition. For example, a "boilermaker" might be

The first two are the ones we will discuss here.

Members of Our Union
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. Many also refer to themselves by some other trade our union represents through its many divisions. So you may hear our members refer to themselves as blacksmiths, forgers, ship builders, cement workers, stove workers, metal polishers, or numerous other job descriptions.

Who We Represent
The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers is a diverse union representing workers throughout the United States and Canada in industrial construction, repair, and maintenance; manufacturing; shipbuilding and marine repair; railroads; mining and quarrying; cement kilns; and related industries. With its headquarters in Kansas City, Kansas, the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers unites over 250 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.

More Information
This section of our web site offers a great deal of information regarding the structure of our union, our International officers, and the many divisions, conferences, and departments into which the union is divided, along with some history. Take a look around and you'll quickly discover that this is a diverse union with members from a wide variety of backgrounds performing all different kinds of work. But we're all Boilermakers.

Latest News

  • Chuck Westphal was a retired member of Local 169, a representative in the Fight Back program and former president of the Michigan Tri-County Building Trades.

    Boilermaker and former State Building Trades President Chuck Westphal passes

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  • Two retired L-60 members receive a handmade quilt from the non-profit Quilts of Valor to thank them for their service during the Vietnam War. L. to r.: Rod Johnson, L-60’s John Williams and Jack Cooper, and Terry Johnson.

    Two L-60 veterans awarded Quilts of Valor for military service

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  • Local 627’s Shane “Kalai” Ferreira, who works for BAE Systems in Hawaii, offers reasons why a strong Jones Act is essential to the nation. L to r: BM-ST Jacob Evenson; Jesse Isleman, legislative aide of Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI); Wesley Dale and Ferreira.

    Delegates advocate for local and national issues during LEAP

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  • Warren Fairley, IVP-Southeast, talks about the power in numbers when owners, contractors and Boilermakers collaborate.

    Southeast Area Tripartite homes in on ‘industrial evolution’

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  •  IR Cory Channon, far right, explains the Boilermakers’ role in CCUS. Left, Ahmad O. Al Khowaiter, Chief Technology Officer, Saudi Aramco; center, Artur Runge-Metzger, Director of Climate Strategy, Governance and Emissions from Non-trading Sectors, DG Climate Action of the European Commission.

    Union makes case for CCUS at Scotland conference

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