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Date:  Nov 25, 2022

Bowmanville, ON, CA

Operating Sector:  Nuclear

Position Title:  Boilermaker Helper Program

Build Your Career at Aecon

Aecon is proud to build some of the most impactful infrastructure projects of this generation. From the roads and transit systems that connect our communities, to the communication networks that link us from coast-to-coast, and the water infrastructure that supplies our businesses and homes. Our integral work includes constructing the pipelines that join provinces with the energy that fuels the nation, and the airports and ports that connect us all. Aecon is there, safely and sustainably building the future.  


We lead the infrastructure industry with purpose, and our people are at the heart of everything we do. Our business success relies on strong execution and continuous improvement – driven by the diversity, expertise and teamwork of our employees. We are always searching the globe for exceptional candidates to join the Aecon family and be a part of our forward-thinking, innovative, best-in-class organization!  


Boilermaker Helper Program
Boilermakers - local 128, Aecon and Ontario Power Generation have partnered to develop a Boilermaker Helper Program to support work on the Darlington Refurbishment Project with Ontario Power Generation.


About The Program 
The helper program is being developed for individuals without Boilermaker qualifications who are interested performing short term, physically demanding work on a major nuclear project at the Darlington site. This is an opportunity to work directly on OPG’s site, in the vault, at a competitive rate while gaining real exposure to working in the field. This labour-intensive work will include exposure to permissibly high levels of radiation. All radiological workers receive extensive training and are only subject to exposures within federal guidelines and policies.


What is offered? 

  • Onsite training 
  • Experience working alongside trained journeypersons 
  • OPG site experience 
  • Being part of a team on a large-scale construction project 



  • 18 years of age or older 
  • Safety first attitude 
  • Adhere to OPG and Aecon’s safety standards, covid protocols and core values 
  • Excellent attendance and adherence to work a rotating shift schedule 
  • Ability to successfully pass training 
  • Valid driver’s license or access to transportation to work at Darlington 
  • Physical strength and stamina
  • Ability to work at heights 
  • Foster a collaborative and positive work atmosphere


Application Period 
Open now until March 31, 2022 - Apply by submitting your resume to 

Selection Committee Interview

April 1, 2022 – April 22, 2022  -  Approved candidates will be contacted for an interview with the selection committee. 


Nuclear Security Clearance 
April 1, 2022 – June 30, 2022 - Successful candidates will be required to complete a nuclear security clearance (including police background check). 


Temporary Work Placement 
Training begins: July 2022. Anticipated 4 month duration of work 

Selected candidates will be added to a list for dispatch to a temporary work opportunity with Aecon, who is performing critical work on the Darlington refurbishment project. Boilermaker helpers will be required to complete all paid orientations, training and evaluations deemed necessary by Aecon. When a helper is no longer required as per schedule, demand, or due to reaching their individual permissible radiological exposure limit, they will receive a layoff without the expectation of any additional employment. 


Benefits to being a Boilermaker Helper: 

  • No Boilermaker qualifications needed
  • Competitive rate of $32.81/hour
  • Health care spending account and pension account contributions
  • Nuclear security clearance
  • Experience working with trained Boilermakers safety training and skills training


Aecon has every intention of fostering diversity within and across our organization. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.


If you require accommodation during any step of the application process please click here.