Boat Builder Jobs In Australia

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Skills You Will Need:

BOAT BUILDERS AND SHIPWRIGHTS construct, fit out and repair boats and ships.

Indicative Skill Level:

You will need to have qualifications including at least two years of on-the-job training and three years experience.

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications but will not count as experience. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:

      • 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


Constructs, fits out and repairs ships. Registration or licensing is required.Loftsman/woman (Marine)

This is a very small occupation employing 4700 workers. Over the past 5 years, the number of jobs has fallen.
Moderate growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create up to 5,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Boat Builders and Shipwrights work in most parts of Australia.
  • They mainly work in: Manufacturing; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Education and Training.
  • Almost all work full-time. Full-time workers, on average, work 41.8 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • The workforce is fairly young. The average age is 35 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Around 2 in 10 workers are young (aged 15 to 25 years).
  • More than 9 in 10 workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.
Boat Builder Jobs In Australia

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