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

A Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience, is usually needed. The majority of workers have a Certificate III/IV. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification. Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks

  • 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

Job Titles

  • Boat Builder and Repairer
  • Shipwright
  • Boat Builder and Repairer

    Builds, repairs and modifies boats. Registration or licensing may be required.

    Specialisations: Composite Boat Builder, Rigger (Boat), Sparmaker, Wooden Boat Builder, Yacht Builder

  • Shipwright

    Constructs, fits out and repairs ships. Registration or licensing is required.

    Specialisations: Loftsman/woman (Marine), Ship's Carpenter

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    Unavailable
  • Future Growth

    moderate
  • Skill Level

    Certificate III or IV
  • Employment Size

    4,700
  • Unemployment

    below average
  • Male Share

    100.0%
  • Female Share

    0.0%
  • Full-Time Share

    94.8%

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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.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
20054800
20066000
20075400
20086600
20093400
20105900
20115300
20124000
20134800
20144800
20154700
20205000

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

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Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryBoat Builders and ShipwrightsAll Jobs Average
Full-time94.868.4
Part-time5.231.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)41.840.0

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Manufacturing81.4
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services5.3
Education and Training5.2
Retail Trade4.2
Other Industries3.9

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateBoat Builders and ShipwrightsAll Jobs Average
NSW22.731.8
VIC22.525.5
QLD27.319.8
SA10.16.8
WA14.911.2
TAS2.22.0
NT0.21.1
ACT0.01.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketBoat Builders and ShipwrightsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-1911.3-5.45.4
20-2411.4-9.99.9
25-3428.6-23.423.4
35-4413.3-21.721.7
45-5413.0-21.121.1
55-5919.7-8.78.7
60-640.0-5.95.9
65 and Over2.6-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryBoat Builders and ShipwrightsCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males100.0Males53.6
Females0.0Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

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A Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience, is usually needed. The majority of workers have a Certificate III/IV. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification. Registration or licensing may be required.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Boat Builders and Shipwrights who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Engineering and Technology

    92% Important

    Use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  2. Mathematics

    91% Important

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  3. Design

    90% Important

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  4. Physics

    84% Important

    Physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.

  5. English Language

    79% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Getting Information

    91% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  2. Checking Compliance with Standards

    90% Important

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  3. Interacting With Computers

    89% Important

    Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  4. Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment

    89% Important

    Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

  5. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    84% Important

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

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