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Boat Builders and Shipwright

Boat Builders and Shipwrights use a variety of materials to assemble, fit-out and repair marine vessels such as personal leisure boats and large naval and commercial ships.

Duties and tasks

  • Adhere to strict occupational health and safety guidelines
  • Complete thorough testing before launching
  • Construct and attach wooden frames and structures and metal parts
  • Fit out and secure replacement parts
  • Identify and remove defects
  • Install frames, masts, decking, shafts, fittings and machines
  • Make a template of parts by marking reference points on layout and hull
  • Read and evaluate drawings and blueprints to determine specific job requirements
  • Use a range of hand and power tools to cut and form parts such as support structures
  • Use power sanders, paints, waxes and buffs to finish ship surfaces

Skills required

  • Able to Perform Manual Work
  • Good Manual Dexterity with the Ability to Use Tools and Machinery
  • Safety Awareness
  • Strong Attention to Detail and Accuracy
  • Technical Aptitude

Working conditions

Boat Builders and Shipwrights usually work regular Monday to Friday business hours, however, some overtime may be required on weekends and into the evenings during busy times. Boat Builders and Shipwrights may work indoors in factories and workshops or outdoors at marinas. They often work in noisy, dusty conditions and may be required to work in confined spaces and at heights.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Industry Group 

Boating Industry Association of NSW 

Super Yacht Australia 

Related jobs and job titles

  • Boat Repairer
  • Carpenter
  • Engineering Tradesperson - Fabrication
  • Marine Engineer
  • Tradesperson