Boat Builders and Shipwrights
Boat Builders and Shipwrights construct, fit out and repair boats and ships.
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
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
The NSC produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. The latest data are for the five years from November 2021 to November 2026. Over this period, the number of workers in this occupation is likely to remain stable.
Source: National Skills Commission Employment Projections to 2026.
Notes: The number employed includes people who work in this occupation as their main job. People who work in more than one job are counted against the occupation they work the most hours in.
Employment projections figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Calculations based on these rounded figures may result in differences to the numbers that are displayed on this page. Employment projections data (including occupations) can be downloaded from the Employment Projections page.
Number of Workers
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and National Skills Commission Employment Projections to 2026.
Earnings and hours
Around 87% of people employed as Boat Builders and Shipwrights work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 21 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 44 hours per week in their main job. This is the same as the all jobs average.
Median full-time earnings are $1,685 per week, this is higher than weekly earnings for all jobs ($1,593).
Median hourly earnings are $40, this is similar to the all jobs median ($41 per hour).
Sources: Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average. Full-time median earnings and median hourly earnings: ABS, Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021. Compared to all jobs median.
Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)
|Earnings||Boat Builders and Shipwrights||All Jobs Average|
Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021, 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.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Boat Builders and Shipwrights||All Jobs Average|
Around 51% of Boat Builders and Shipwrights live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.
Queensland and Western Australia have a large share of employment relative to their population size.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Boat Builders and Shipwrights is 41 years. This is similar to the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 35 to 44 years.
Females make up 2% of the workforce. This is 46 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Boat Builders and Shipwrights||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||3.7||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
A certificate III in marine craft construction is usually needed to work as a Boat Builder or Shipwright. This course is often completed as part of an apprenticeship.
- My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
- AAPathways website to explore Maritime, Automotive Retail, Service and Repair and Metal and Engineering VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Boat Builders and Shipwrights||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||0.5||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||12.4||12.5|
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.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Boat Builders and Shipwrights who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Using maths to solve problems.
Reading work related information.
Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
63%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
61%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Talking to others.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
54%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
50%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Teaching people how to do something.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
41%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
90%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
73%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
61%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
60%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
57%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
52%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
47%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
44%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
41%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
40%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
34%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
34%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Listen to and understand what people say.
Read and understand written information.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Communicate by speaking.
Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
64%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
63%Working with numbers
Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Write in a way that people can understand.
Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.
See details that are far away.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
80%Drafting, laying out, and specifying parts
Detailing and describing how devices, parts or equipment are to be made, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
70%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
70%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
69%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
69%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
65%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
62%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
61%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
61%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
61%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
60%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
59%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
59%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
54%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
53%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
49%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
49%Estimating amounts, costs and resources
Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.
49%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
47%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Talk with people face-to-face.
Use electronic mail.
Talk on the telephone.
Work with people in a group or team.
91%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
86%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
85%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
82%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
79%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
Work to strict deadlines.
75%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
75%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
72%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
72%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
70%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.
68%Consequence of error
Work where mistakes have serious consequences.
68%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
67%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
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