Boat and ship builders and repairers


Average Annual Pay

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Average Weekly Hours

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Unemployment Rate

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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.


Entrants typically possess GCSEs/S grades. Training is usually via apprenticeship including practical experience and technical training. Apprenticeships in relevant aspects of engineering and construction are available at NVQ/SVQ Level 3.

Typical tasks

  • examines drawings and specifications to determine job requirements;
  • uses rules, scribes and punches to mark out metal plate with guidelines and reference points and cuts plates using appropriate tools;
  • 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;
  • rivets together metal plates and girders, seals seams, smoothes welds, fixes metal doors, collars, portholes, tank and hatch covers;
  • selects and measures appropriate wood and cuts, shapes and drills to specification using saws, planes, chisels and other power or hand tools;
  • aligns and fixes prepared wood pieces by screwing, nailing, gluing and dowelling to form decking, small wooden marine craft and their interiors and fittings;
  • maintains and repairs woodwork and fittings.

Common job titles

Engineer, nos (shipbuilding)
Machinist, metal, shipyard
Fitter, marine
Plater, ship's
Maker, boat
Cutter and caulker (shipbuilding)
Worker, blowlamp (shipbuilding)
Engineer, barge
Engineer-mechanic (shipping)
Erector, beam (shipbuilding)
Builder and repairer, boat
Laminator (boat building and repairing)
Repairer, ship
Turner, frame (shipbuilding)
Engineer, first (fishing)
Maker, thimble (shipbuilding)
Loftsman (shipbuilding)
Fitter (shipbuilding)
Builder, ship
Machinist (shipbuilding)
Holder-up (shipbuilding)
Builder, boat
Joiner, ship's
Fitter, ship
Packer (shipbuilding)
Repairer, boat
Fitter, deck
Repairer, barge
Builder, barge
Builder, yacht
Engineer, chief
Fitter (boatbuilding)
Driller (shipbuilding)
Worker, steel (shipbuilding)
Repairer and builder, boat
Plater, ship
Maker, mast (shipbuilding)
Technician, boat
Engineer, trawler
Framer (shipbuilding)
Steelworker (shipbuilding)
Driller, shipwright's
Engineer, nos (boatbuilding)
Engineer, marine