A boat builder undertakes repairs to a boats hull using fibreglass

Boat Builder and Shipwright

Boat Builders and Shipwrights construct, fit out and repair boats and ships.

Overview

Boat Builders and Shipwrights construct, fit out and repair boats and ships.

Day-to-day

  • studying plans and specifications, and preparing templates and scale plans for fabrication and cutting of hull sections
  • marking reference points and lines on dry docks and slipways
  • checking position and functioning of slipway apparatus
  • assembling shells of boats and erecting hull sections of ship
  • erecting and preparing launching platforms, conducting pre-launch tests and supervising launching procedures
  • installing masts, frames, decking, fittings, machines, shafts and safety equipment
  • building and installing structures such as cabins, machine mountings, propeller supports and rudders
  • determining repair requirements and procedures
  • may make hull moulds and fabricate and repair vessels using materials such as aluminium, wood, glass, reinforced plastics, carbon fibre, Kevlar, fibreglass and concrete.

Considerations

  • physically demanding
  • working outdoors.

Occupation snapshot
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$1,602 / week
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Stable
Apprenticeships may be available

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