Shipwrights are carpenters that build and repair boats and ships. These individuals will handle designs and blueprints. They also can be in charge of installing various safety equipment as well as necessary items on a ship like decks, masts and frames.

Duties and tasks

  • Building structures necessary for ships like propellers, rudders and cabins
  • Handling the assembly of boat shells and hulls
  • Making repairs when necessary
  • Preparing templates and scale plans
  • Supervising procedures necessary for a ship to launch
  • Viewing plans and blueprints

Skills required

  • Analysing requirements before designing
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Problem solving and troubleshooting skills
  • Thinking critically and using logic in order to find solutions to issues that arise
  • Viewing text and comprehending sentences and paragraphs

Working conditions

This job can be one of the more dangerous and noisy. The danger results from the fact that shipwrights often use electrical equipment in wet areas. There can be hazardous materials like asbestos, so proper safety equipment must be used at all times.

Related jobs and job titles

  • Boatbuilder and Repairer
  • Coxswain
  • Engineering Tradesperson - Fabrication
  • Marine Engineer
  • Marine Surveyor
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Naval Architect
  • Sailor
  • Ships Officer
  • Tradesperson