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Boat or ship builder or repairer

Boat and ship builders and repairers construct, install and repair wooden structures and fittings, and shape, position, rivet and seal metal plates and girders to form the metal structures and frameworks for marine craft.

Tasks

  • Maintains and repairs woodwork and fittings.
  • Aligns and fixes prepared wood pieces by screwing, nailing, gluing and dowelling to form decking, small wooden marine craft and their interiors and fittings.
  • Selects and measures appropriate wood and cuts, shapes and drills to specification using saws, planes, chisels and other power or hand tools.
  • Rivets together metal plates and girders, seals seams, smoothes welds, fixes metal doors, collars, portholes, tank and hatch covers.
  • Uses machine tools to bend, curve, punch, drill and straighten metal plate as required and positions and aligns metal platework or frame for welding and bolting.
  • Uses rules, scribes and punches to mark out metal plate with guidelines and reference points and cuts plates using appropriate tools.
  • Examines drawings and specifications to determine job requirements.

Typical Education Level

Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 16% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data

£25,214

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for boat or ship builder or repairer is £25,214

140 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 140. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.

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Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for boat or ship builder or repairer roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £25,214 per year. That is about £2,101 per month or £12.93 per hour. New workers generally start on £16,268, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £44,610

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 140 people are employed in the region.

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