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

    Either extensive experience or an apprenticeship in marine craft construction is needed to work as a Boat Builder or Shipwright.

    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

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    • $1,602 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 4,900 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 87% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 44 hours Average full-time
    • 41 years Average age
    • 2% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Boat Builders and Shipwrights (in their main job) grew strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
    from 4,900 in 2018 to 4,900 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 3,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 600 a year).

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Boat Builders and Shipwrights work in many parts of Australia. Queensland and Western Australia have a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Transport, Postal and Warehousing; and Construction.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,602 per week (similar to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (87%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 41 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 2% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    20085500
    20095500
    20104300
    20115700
    20124400
    20134500
    20145100
    20154900
    20164800
    20174700
    20184900
    20234900

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsBoat Builders and ShipwrightsAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings16021460

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Manufacturing79.8
    Transport, Postal and Warehousing4.4
    Construction3.4
    Retail Trade3.0
    Other Industries9.4

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, 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
    NSW23.431.6
    VIC14.125.6
    QLD34.120.0
    SA7.37.0
    WA15.610.8
    TAS4.62.0
    NT0.81.0
    ACT0.11.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketBoat Builders and ShipwrightsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-194.3-5.05.0
    20-249.3-9.39.3
    25-3422.0-22.922.9
    35-4423.2-22.022.0
    45-5421.9-21.621.6
    55-599.5-9.09.0
    60-646.0-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.7-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationBoat Builders and ShipwrightsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.5-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree3.3-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.1-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV62.0-21.121.1
    Year 1212.1-18.118.1
    Year 114.6-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below12.4-12.512.5

    Either extensive experience or an apprenticeship in marine craft construction is needed to work as a Boat Builder or Shipwright.

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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.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Engineering and Technology

      90% Skill level

      The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

    2. Design

      83% Skill level

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

    3. Mathematics

      81% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    4. Physics

      78% Skill level

      The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

    5. Computers and Electronics

      73% Skill level

      Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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    Demands

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    1. Face-to-Face Discussions

      96% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    2. Electronic Mail

      95% Important

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    3. Telephone

      94% Important

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

    4. Work With Work Group or Team

      92% Important

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    5. Being Exact or Accurate

      91% Important

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