Boilermakers Lodge 146

Course Descriptions

Apprentice Recruitment Information Seminar (ARIS)

This introductory seminar & assessment will provide a brief overview of the demands and responsibilities for anyone considering a Boilermaker or Welding career with Local 146. Please bring government issue picture ID (drivers license, passport etc.), high school transcripts, and resume if you have one.   Click here for more information

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BSV Better Supervision
Learning is designed so that both new and experienced supervisors will find the learning valuable. New supervisors will find a core foundation of skills that will propel them to success. Experienced supervisors will find new solutions to issues and develop present skills to a new level.

The three components consist of:

Component I
BSV Better SuperVision Classroom and E-Learning (three days classroom plus 16 hours e-learning)

E-Learning Portion: Prior to the completion of the classroom portion of the program participants will be expected to complete an e-learning program that has been developed by Constructions Sector Council and is approximately 16 hours in duration. Participants will need to have access to a computer that utilizes the PC windows format (not Mac) and also the internet. Participants will be provided access to the e-learning program one week prior to the commencement of the classroom portion. Participants will not be required to provide their own computers for the three days in the classroom.

Classroom Portion: In a classroom setting, participants will have the opportunity to practice and work with the information contained in the e-learning program with their peers in the industry. The three days of classroom learning focus on the following topics:

Day 1: Supervision and Leadership
1. Role of Supervisor
2. Communication – Listening Skills
3. Communication – Giving Direction and Feedback
4. Conflict Resolution

Day 2: Leading Groups and Team Building
1. Workplace Motivation
2. Conducting Presentations
3. Conducting Meetings
4. Workplace Coaching
5. Teams and Teamwork

Day 3: Planning, Quality and Productivity
1. Planning and Scheduling
2. Introduction to Workforce Planning
3. Quality Control
4. Productivity Improvement

Component II
Safety Supervisory Skills Classroom Training (1 module – 16 hours total).
In addition to the Classroom Training, candidates are asked to complete a recognized supervisory safety skills training program. The recommended program “Leadership for Safety Excellence” is offered through the Alberta Construction Safety Association as well as a number of building trade union halls in Alberta.

Component III
On-The Job Coaching of BSV skills.
Applying BSV skills in the workplace to achieve success, as well as optimal construction performance, are key program goals. The Development Tool is used to measure successful field application. Graduates will work with their site supervision in the completion of this tool to receive an additional “seal” on their certificates.

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Bundle Puller

This is a two day course that covers the following topics:

  • TEMA designations and heat exchanger components
  • Bundle puller components and functions
  • Crane set up and chart interpretation
  • Preparation and procedures for the pulling and pushing operations
  • Hands on training (30T Peinemann, 48-240 AES exchanger)

Prerequisites: Journeymen Boilermaker Certification

PPE requirements: Safety glasses, work boots, hard hat.

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CWB Testing

In Canada all welders working on structural and non-structural welding work must be certified by the Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB).  Lodge 146 welders can book an appointment to test for the SMAW CWB qualification at both the Edmonton Welding Centre and Calgary Learning Centre.   Welders who are registering for their CWB for the first time, must register for a four position SMAW Initial CWB test. CWB tickets are valid for 2 years. Tickets can be renewed by completing a two position check test. Welders can register for a check test no more than 60 days prior and 90 days after their ticket expires. It is important to note that once the ticket expires past the 90 days welders must redo the initial 4 position test.

Fee Schedule

Initial (First Time): FREE

Renewal: FREE

Failed Plate: $50 (per plate)

Initial (Redo): $150.00

No Show Fee: $150.00

Registration is open to Lodge 146 members only.

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Field Supervision Leadership Training 

The objective of the Field Supervisor Leadership Training Program is to provide training for first-line supervision in areas such as administrative responsibilities, people skills and the business aspects of construction. This two day course will enhance the performance of our field supervisors, enabling the union and our contractors to jointly provide a higher level of service to owner/clients. This course is a good follow up for those who have attended the Supervisor Orientation Course.

Course Outline Includes:
• Introduction
• Safety
• Behavior Preferences – DiSC personality profile
• Communication & Conflict Resolution
• Roles of an Effective Field Supervisor
• Assignment and Execution of Work
• Tube Works – Work Smart Workshop
• Respect in the Workplace
• Employment Issues and Responsibilities
• The Business Aspects of Construction
• Action Planning

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Initial Pressure Course

The Boilermaker Welding Centre is offering a Structured Initial Pressure Course. Please contact Kyla 780-451-5992 Ext. 278 for more information and to register.

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Job Steward Training Course
This two day course focuses on:

Understanding the role & responsibilities of the job steward and explaining the tools and resources that are available to assist them. Giving the steward experience to investigate and discuss a grievance.

Instructor: Richard MacIntosh  and Cory Channon (International)

Prerequisites: Member of Lodge 146 (journeyman members, 3rd year apprentice members.)

Cost: No charge but a $150.00 NO SHOW fee will be applied if cancellation notice is not received 24 hours prior to class commencement.

Registration: To register or put your name on the wait list please call 780-451-5992.

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Leadership for Safety Excellence (LSE)™

Classroom Course

This two-day course will assist managers and supervisors to integrate health and safety into their everyday planning and to create and promote safe and healthy work environments. Course material is geared toward management and supervisory positions.

This two-level program consists of a two-day course (Certificate of Completion) and documentation submission (Certificate of Proficiency).

Course topics include:

  • the role of the supervisor
  • safety responsibilities of managers, supervisors and workers
  • the scope and significance of hazard assessments
  • company culture
  • inspections, reporting and follow-up
  • incident investigations
  • training and orientations

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION – First Level of the Program

Participants must complete the two-day course and attain a minimum score of 80% on the final exam to receive a Certificate of Completion.

CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY – Second Level of the Program

To receive the LSE Certificate of Proficiency, participants must submit copies of the following documents to the ACSA with proof of direct involvement:

  • a hazard assessment and corrective action report
  • toolbox meeting
  • site inspection
  • site investigation (incident or near-incident)

A Certificate of Completion is required for the Health & Safety Administrator (HSA) Program. A Certificate of Proficiency is required for the National Construction Safety Officer (NCSO) Program.

Pre-requisites: none.*

This course is conducted by Alberta Construction Safety  Association.

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Leadership Orientation

This one day course is designed to address the immediate needs of our industry and assist in the development of our current and future supervisors. The course focus is on the Boilermaker Pride & Progress programand features two instructors reviewing the day to day activities typical of a foreman.

Topics in the course are: Successful Supervisor, Supervisor’s Role, Communication Styles, Industrial Construction Safety, Setting up for Success

Its intention is to familiarize new supervision/foreman to the realities of issues one will face when managing crews
Pre-Requisites: Lodge 146 members

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Master Rigger Course

This 4-day program will contain both classroom and practical hands on training in advanced rigging practices.

Participants receiving qualification will demonstrate their knowledge and proficiency in the rigging and lifting of loads using various hoisting equipment, mobile and overhead crane systems. Subjects will include:

  • Center of gravity, load control
  • Rigging selection, rigging methods
  • Sling tension, level & off-level pick points
  • Block loading, compound loading
  • Multi-part lines, block & winch systems
  • Load drifting, load turning
  • Jack & roll, horizontal rigging, incline planes

Pre-requisites: Boilermaker Journeyman Certification – Red Seal preferred

Please click here for application form.  Be sure to indicate which dates you are interested in.

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MHSA Overhead Crane Operator Level 1 Course

Day one: basic rigging

  • Determining load weight, center of gravity, lifting points
  • Rigging hardware, slings, hooks, below the hook lifting devices
  • Sling hitches, angles and sling tension

Day two: overhead crane

  • Overhead crane components, inspections, lift planning, and operating practices
  • Written and practical examinations

Prerequisites: Open to all boilermaker, welder, and apprentice 146 members (field and shop).

Required PPE: boots, hard hat, safety glasses, gloves

Students will receive an overhead crane ticket upon completion of written and practical exam.

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Torque and Tensioning

This one day course covers the following topics:

    • Bolting theory
    • Flange identification
    • Joint assembly and integrity
    • Hydraulic torquing procedures
    • Hydraulic tensioning procedures
    • Hands on training
    • Certificate issued upon successful completion of written exam

Required PPE: Safety glasses, gloves, boots (gloves and glasses can be supplied)
Clothing may be soiled due to use of thread lubricant

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WorkSmart is a comprehensive introduction to the boilermaker trade. It exposes students to industry environments, safety and workplace culture. The course combines theory and hands-on skills that will prepare students for gainful employment in the boilermaker trade.
Individuals not currently indentured (or are 1st or 2nd year) and who are interested in attaining work and beginning a career with Boilermakers Lodge 146 will want to attend the WorkSmart training. Pre-requisite to this training is the successful completion of the Apprentice Recruitment Information Seminar (ARIS) and pass the Boilermaker Drug & Alcohol test (at your cost).

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Rigging Workshop I: Advanced Rigging Selection-In Class Only


  • Journeyman Boilermaker


The objective is to give participants the ability to select rigging capable within its working load limit to lift a load. The information provided expands on the knowledge gained from the boilermaker apprenticeship as well as field experience. This is achieved through in class instruction and a series of exercises that progress through the process and increase in complexity.


The process involves steps required to calculate the anticipated forces exerted on rigging and consists of the following concepts:

Load weight distribution:

  • How the weight of a load is distributed between two or more pick points on the load or between two cranes based on a known center of gravity.

Sling tension:

  • How to calculate the force exerted on rigging considering load distribution and sling angles; equally loaded, unequally loaded, off level pick points, and two, three and four leg arrangements.

Rope efficiency:

  • How to determine the reduction in capacity of wire rope slings based on the D/d ratio.

Rigging selection:

  • How to determine the rigging required to lift a given load based on all preceding information and calculations.
  • Discussion of other considerations such as sling lengths based on headroom, load or structure clearances, pick points, hitch types, and load turning.

Class exercises consist of load distribution calculations for 2, 3, and 4 pick points. Exercises on sling tension for 2, 3, and 4 pick points and off level pick points. Exercises on rigging selection that increase in complexity from level and off level pick points to a spreader bar arrangement and a tandem lift.

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Rigging Workshop II: Crane Chart Interpretation-In Class Only


  • Journeyman boilermaker
  • Rigging Workshop I: Advanced Rigging Selection or  Master Rigger


The objective is to give participants the ability to interpret the information contained within crane charts in order to build a bridge in understanding between a rigger and crane operator and reinforce the concept of teamwork in lifting operations. The information provided expands on knowledge gained from field experience and builds on the previous workshop and Master Rigger program. This is achieved through in class instruction and a series of exercises that progress through the process and increase in complexity utilizing crane charts from RT, AT, and conventional cranes.


The process involves the steps required to calculate gross load weights and determine a crane’s ability to lift a given load and its limitations based on configuration and capacity. The course addresses the following concepts:

Net load calculation:

  • Load weight distribution between cranes (carry over from Workshop I and Master Rigger).
  • Rigging selection (carry over from Workshop I and Master Rigger).
  • How to calculate rigging weights such as slings and shackles.

Gross load calculations:

  • How to interpret and calculate chart deductions based on crane configuration.
  • How to reference line pull and reeving information in order to determine parts of line required and calculate hoist rope weight.

Capacity chart interpretation:

  • How to interpret and utilize a crane’s range diagram.
  • How to reference a capacity chart to determine a crane’s ability to hoist a load based on all preceding information and calculations.
  • Discussion about differences between differing crane types and manufacturers.

Class exercises consist of various scenarios increasing in complexity including a single crane lift, a two-crane vessel offload, and a two-crane load turning operation. All exercises incorporate concepts learned from both Workshops I and II.

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Rigging Workshop III: Lift Studies and Planning-in Class Only


  • Journeyman boilermaker
  • Rigging Workshop I: Advanced Rigging Selection or  Master Rigger
  • Rigging Workshop II: Crane Chart Interpretation


One objective is to give participants the ability to understand the contents of engineered lift studies and how to interpret that information. Another objective is to engage the participants in discussion concerning the execution of those lift plans in order to gain an understanding of some of the planning required for safe execution and the importance of the information provided in an engineered drawing.


The process involves the interpretation of information provided in a lift study as well as elements of planning for the execution of a hoisting operation. The course addresses the following concepts:

Instructional engineered drawing overview:

  • Reviewing information found on a lift study such as:
    • Drawing views (i.e., elevation, plan, and perspective views) and the information provided within those views.
    • Rigging lists and rigging detail outlining the rigging to be used and how it is to be assembled and connected.
    • Crane and load information section and the extensive information provided within this section.
    • General notes and procedure and the importance of this section regarding the safe execution of the lift.

Drawing interpretation exercises:

  • Participants review four different lift studies, progressing in complexity.
  • Discussion following each lift study regarding the information contained within those drawings focusing on key points of information, challenges the hoisting operation presents, and the planning and execution in terms of the rigging crew’s responsibilities.

Class exercises consist of two scenarios that incorporate learned concepts from the previous workshops. One scenario is a congested area tandem lift and the other is a congested area three crane lift. The participants are to provide the crane and load information, basic elevation view sketches as well as written procedures for each scenario.

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