"If the workers take a notion, they can stop all speeding trains, every ship on the ocean they can tie with mighty chains. Every wheel in the creation, every mine, every mill, fleets and armies of the nations will at their command stand still."
- Joe Hill
We are adjusting to concerns pertaining to COVID-19. Evening and weekend shop training hours have been suspended until further notice.
Point of note: Apprentices will not be required to turn-in monthly reports in person during this enhanced time of health diligence and social distancing. Instead, monthly reports (and any questions regarding the subject matter) should be emailed to
In today’s world, it is essential to have someone who looks after your rights as a worker. By joining our union, you gain the support of leading professionals in the industry. We believe labor laws are important, and we stand up for workers’ rights. At Boilermakers Local 549, we are committed to the towns and cities of our area. Our team is dedicated to finding local people to take part in our apprenticeship program. By supporting our fellow citizens, we strengthen our entire local community.
Our Training & Apprenticeship Program
Discover how fulfilling it is to learn a new hands-on skill. Boilermakers Local 549 offers outstanding training that is aimed at increasing craftsmanship. All of our training is offered in-house and is accessible for newcomers to the industry. If there is a training course that interests you that we don’t offer, we’ll happily point you in the right direction -- we are dedicated to helping in any way we can. Check out the wide range of skills that you can learn from our welding and boilermaker apprenticeships:
Heavy-Duty Equipment Operations
Earn While You Learn
Throughout the course of our apprenticeship, we cover the classroom, shop, and on-the-job training. It is important for us to offer an affordable option for our members, as well as a reliable way to earn a living wage in your area. We understand that a four-year college degree is expensive, which is why we provide a valuable alternative. During our on-the-job training, you’ll increase your skills without sacrificing your bank account.
More Than Just a Job
At Boilermakers Local 549, we believe that tradespeople make the world go round. Regardless of your interests, being involved in a trade allows you to meaningfully contribute to your community. Employment in the trades is more than just a job; it’s a career. Create a life for yourself by pursuing your passion for a trade.
Boilermaker Apprenticeship Sign-Ups
Apprenticeship applications are given out every day of the business week. To receive an application, you must present photo identification. A birth certificate and high school diploma will be needed during the process but are not mandatory when picking up the application. The contact person for applications is Randy Thomas. He can be contacted at (925) 427-0826, or send an email to:
Veterans have given up part of their lives to protect our country. For this reason, we are passionate about supporting our Veterans reintegrate into our communities. We’re proud to participate in the Helmets to Hardhats program, which helps Veterans transition into the building trades industry. We contribute by teaching Veterans soft skills that help them advance in their fields.
Apprenticeship Training Cycle (Spring of 2020):
Training Postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.
This is a mandatory class for whoever is scheduled to attend. Lunch is not provided.
Common Arc Testing - No scheduled dates to report.
*NOTE: The week prior to the Common Arc Testing will prove challenging for any last-minute practice! Don't wait until the last minute! Welder's shall be responsible for their personal items and tools, i.e., sturdy work boots, long-sleeved shirt, gloves, safety glasses, welding lenses, welding hood, files, chipping hammer, & etc.
While access to some of these items is available here at the hall, it is suggested that you do not make the assumption that access is a given. Come prepared.
Supplemental Rigging Training classes are scheduled for the following dates:
No scheduled dates to report.
If interested, or if you have any questions, call and have your name added to the list. Classes start promptly at 8 a.m. Don't Be Late! Lunch is provided.
Code Training - Classes postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.
August 12th & 13th, 2020
October 7th & 8th, 2020
This is a 1-day class; each date mentioned is a class in itself. Classes start promptly at 8 a.m. Lunch will be provided.
Field Leadership - Classes postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.
August 26-27, 2020
October 21-22, 2020
This is a 2-day class. Lunch will be served. The class will be started at 8 a.m. sharp.
Refinery Safety Orientation (RSO):
No classes are currently scheduled.
Classes start promptly at 7 a.m. Don't Be Late! If interested in or in need of this class, please contact the hall and have yourself added to the list. A minimum of 12 members is needed to host a class. Lunch is provided.