Shipwrights construct, fit out and repair ships.

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

You usually need An apprenticeship in marine craft construction to work as a Shipwright.

Tasks

  • Studies plans and specifications, and prepares templates and scale plans for fabrication and cutting of hull sections.
  • Marks reference points and lines on dry docks and slipways.
  • Checks position and functioning of slipway apparatus.
  • Assembles shells of boats and erecting hull sections of ship.
  • Erects and prepares launching platforms, conducting pre-launch tests and supervising launching procedures.
  • Installs masts, frames, decking, fittings, machines, shafts and safety equipment.
  • Builds and installs structures such as cabins, machine mountings, propeller supports and rudders.
  • Determines 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.

More about Boat Builders and Shipwrights

All Boat Builders and Shipwrights

  • $1,602 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Shipwrights

  • 810 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 88% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 41 years Average age
  • 1% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Shipwrights (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 850 in 2011 to 810 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Shipwrights work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales, Western Australia and South Australia have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Transport, Postal and Warehousing; and Construction.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (88%, 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: 1% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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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)
Manufacturing80.0
Transport, Postal and Warehousing5.1
Construction5.0
Public Administration and Safety1.8
Other Industries8.1

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateShipwrightsAll Jobs Average
NSW40.731.6
VIC8.625.6
QLD14.020.0
SA12.47.0
WA19.610.8
TAS3.82.0
NT0.91.0
ACT0.01.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketShipwrightsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-193.6-5.05.0
20-2411.0-9.39.3
25-3421.6-22.922.9
35-4423.6-22.022.0
45-5422.1-21.621.6
55-599.1-9.09.0
60-646.4-6.06.0
65 and Over2.6-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, 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 QualificationShipwrightsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree3.6-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma4.2-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV73.8-21.121.1
Year 1211.0-18.118.1
Year 113.2-4.84.8
Year 10 and below4.2-12.512.5

You usually need An apprenticeship in marine craft construction to work as a Shipwright.

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  3. Design

    60% Skill level

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

  4. Mathematics

    58% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Education and Training

    52% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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  1. Face-to-Face Discussions

    97% Important

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  2. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

    95% Important

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  3. Work With Work Group or Team

    91% Important

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  4. Spend Time Standing

    91% Important

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  5. Frequency of Decision Making

    90% Important

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