Career outlook for boat builder
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would do repairs and maintenance on boats and ships to keep them safe and seaworthy. You’d work on re-fitting and converting vessels. You could also be involved in building new boats and ships.
You could be involved in anything from building hulls for sea-going vessels to restoring the fixtures and fittings on traditional canal narrowboats. You’d learn traditional boatbuilding skills as well as modern engineering methods.
You would use all sorts of skills such as:
You’d also use more traditional maritime craft skills like rigging and sail making. You would work with materials ranging from wood and steel plate, to glass- or fibre-reinforced plastics.
If you work on smaller marine craft, you would:
- Mark out construction materials using engineering design templates
- Weld, cut and shape parts or sections
- Assemble boat sections and pipework
- Install engines
- ‘Fit out' the vessel with furnishings, navigation and communications equipment, heating and lighting and, if required, rigging
In a dockyard or shipyard, you would be more likely to work on larger ships, tankers, and oil and gas platforms for offshore sites.
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