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

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • 5,300 workers Employment Size
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 94.4% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 40.7 hours Average full-time
  • 38 years Average age
  • 3.6% female Gender Share

The number of Boat Builders and Shipwrights grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow moderately over the next 5 years:
from 5,300 in 2017 to 5,500 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 3,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created (a large number for an occupation of this size).

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
  • Location: Boat Builders and Shipwrights work in many regions of Australia. Many work in Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Transport, Postal and Warehousing; and Other Services.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (94.4%, much higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%) showing part-time work may be hard to find.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40.7 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 38 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 3.6% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
20076300
20085500
20095500
20104300
20115700
20124400
20134500
20145100
20154600
20164300
20175300
20225500

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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)
Manufacturing74.7
Transport, Postal and Warehousing13.0
Other Services4.8
Public Administration and Safety4.5
Other Industries3.0

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 2017, 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
NSW18.931.6
VIC9.926.2
QLD30.619.7
SA13.16.7
WA20.910.8
TAS5.02.0
NT1.61.1
ACT0.01.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
15-190.0-5.25.2
20-2413.5-9.99.9
25-3430.9-23.623.6
35-4419.1-21.721.7
45-5416.7-20.820.8
55-5914.1-8.88.8
60-640.8-6.06.0
65 and Over4.8-4.04.0

Education Level

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.

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

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  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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