Immigrate to Canada as a Boilermaker

Can I immigrate to Canada as a Boilermaker?

If you’re looking to immigrate to Canada as a Boilermaker you’re in luck! Boilermakers are in demand right across Canada and you may be able to secure a Canadian Permanent Residency Visa either with or without a job offer.

No doubt you will have read online that having a job offer to move to Canada is a prerequisite to accessing the Express Entry process but as a boilermaker, you also have other options to secure your Canada Visa from the start.

For starters, Boilermakers are eligible to apply to immigrate to Canada under the Canadian Government’s Immigration program due to the demand for Boilermakers in Canada being so great they have included the occupation on the targeted occupations list, known as the NOC list (National Occupation Code List).

The code for Boilermakers on the NOC is 7234

This is great news for qualified Boilermakers the world over hoping to live and work in Canada.

Express Entry for Canada is not a visa class at all, it is simply the method (or database) that Canadian Immigration uses to select the right candidates for a permanent residency visa and in that case, as a boilermaker looking to immigrate to Canada we’ll be looking at the Federal Skilled Trades visa and Provincial Nominee program.

Boilermakers from all over the world are eligible to make an Express Entry for Boilermaker Canada Residency providing they have the right skills, experience and qualifications in their home country.

Boilermakers looking to move to Canada to work under this NOC category 72348, might be employed under work titles including:

boiler fitter

boiler installer

boiler repairer

boiler repairman/woman

boiler shop mechanic


boilermaker apprentice


construction boilermaker

erection and repair boilermaker

industrial boilermaker

industrial construction boilermaker

industrial heat exchanger boilermaker

journeyman/woman boilermaker

maintenance boilermaker

marine boilermaker

pressure vessel boilermaker

pressure vessel fabricator

All these roles held by Boilermakers are eligible to apply under this specific NOC category of 7234

Tasks for those looking to Immigrate to Canada as a Boilermaker

In general, boilermakers moving to Canada will be able to demonstrate knowledge or experience of the following:

Read blueprints or specifications to plan sequence of operation

Lay out plate, sheet steel or other heavy metal and mark bending and cutting lines on workpiece using protractors, compasses and drawing instruments or templates

Set up and operate heavy-metal working machines such as brakes, rolls, shears, flame cutters and drill presses to cut, shape and form metal into parts or sections

Fit and weld metal parts or sections together to fabricate boilers, vessels, tanks, heat exchangers, piping and other heavy-metal products

Erect and install boilers and other heavy-metal products according to specifications using hand and power tools

Repair and perform maintenance work on boilers and other heavy-metal products

Direct activities of hoist or crane operators and other workers during fabrication, assembly, installation or repair of structures

Test finished structures using a variety of methods.

Boilermakers may specialize in rigging and hoisting, preparation and layout, or welding aspects of the trade.

Whilst the above is meant as a general guide do take our free online visa assessment for further information and be sure to list out your skills and qualifications in detail.

Emigrate Canada has a dedicated Boilermakers Canada desk that only represents qualified boilermakers immigrate to Canada. They understand your profession and can talk your language when it comes to explaining your immigration pathway and the route to securing a Canada Visa for you (and your family).

Boilermaking Qualification Requirements to Immigrate to Canada

In the UK for example, we’ll be looking for NVQ Level III

From South Africa, you will be expected to hold your Red Seal

We’re happy to represent Boilermaker clients from all over the World so regardless of your country of qualification feel free to contact us today for a full breakdown of your Canadian Immigration chances.

How to Immigrate to Canada as a Boilermaker

The first stage in your Canadian immigration process is to calculate your Canada Immigration points for Express Entry using the Canadian Comprehensive Ranking System.

CRS Points are awarded for (amongst other things)



English ability

French ability

Your partner’s skills

Work experience

As well as providing you with important CRS points these factors also count towards your overall Immigration Points score which must equal or exceed a total of 67

Take our free online visa assessment for an up to date report on whether you have enough points to immigrate to Canada as a boilermaker from both an Express Entry and Immigration points perspective.

Once you receive an ITA (Invitation to apply) from Canadian Immigration as a result of your Express Entry application you’ll only have 60 days in which to lodge a formal application so under no circumstances should you lodge an Express Entry application ‘claiming’ to have certain points without first having all of your points verified through different testing, education equivalence certificates and skilled trades assessments.

Once you are invited to apply for your Canada Visa you cannot go back and have these things verified retrospectively, they must be done before you claim any points for them and given that your express entry profile is only valid for one year it makes sense to present the best possible case right from the start.

The process of getting your Boilermaking skills, experience and qualifications verified is called Skills Assessment and it serves two purposes.

Canada Boilermaker Skills Assessment purpose one: With a positive skills assessment you’ll be able to claim the requisite points on both the Express Entry CRS and eventual Federal Skilled Trades application.

Canada Boilermaker Skills Assessment purpose two: Your positive skills assessment will also double as your Red Seal qualification so having your Boilermaking skills assessed means that you’ll be qualified to work as a boilermaker in Canada from day one.

How to get registered to Immigrate to Canada as a Boilermaker

As part of your immigration process, your dedicated Boilermakers Canada account manager will arrange for your Red Seal equivalency process so there’s no need to worry about how to move to Canada; we’ll have you covered from the moment you get the ball rolling.

Can I immigrate to Canada as a Boilermaker without a job offer?

The answer is a resounding yes, providing you have a reasonable total CRS score on your Express Entry application and can meet the 67 immigration point threshold for your Canada Federal Skilled Trades Visa.

Technically there is no minimum CRS score required to submit a Boilermakers Canada Express Entry profile.

Of course, securing a job offer (documented in the right way for immigration purposes i.e. LMT) will give you an instant CRS boost of 600 points so it makes sense to start this process as soon as is practical.

Boilermaker Jobs in Canada

Occupations on the Canada NOC list can be classed as being ‘in demand’ and the Boilermakers code 7234 has been firmly established on the list for many years with lots of opportunities right across the country.

As a qualified new and highly skilled Permanent resident of Canada, you may work full time from day one, either as a direct employee, contractor or in a self-employed capacity. Boilermaker jobs in Canada are often better paid than in the UK, Europe and Asia and Canadian employment law respects the work-life balance. Additionally, Boilermakers in Canada are highly unionised which whilst sounds like a dirty word in many parts of the world is actually instrumental in championing better pay and conditions right across the County.

This is The Canadian Boilermakers Union

as well as the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Canadian Chapter

Emigrate Canada are the Boilermakers Canada Visa specialists with a dedicated Skilled Trades desk ideally placed to take care of not just your immigration paperwork, but also to get you registered to work from day one.

Start your journey to Immigrate to Canada as a Boilermaker today.

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Dr. Montague John (PhD), is one of the World’s leading Canadian Immigration experts. Affectionately known as “Monty” he established more than 25 years ago and it has grown to be one of the most reliable sources of Canada Immigration information.

In 2022 Dr. Montague John (PhD) published his book, “How to Immigrate to Canada” as, which featured as Bestseller in its Category for several weeks. Montague co-ordinates all the qualified contributors at and serves as Editor-in-Chief.