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Apprenticeship Year 10 Preferred

Also known as Boatbuilder.

Shipwrights construct, fit out, commission and repair all types of vessels from small pleasure craft through to a range of competitive, commercial and naval vessels.

These vessels are built from a range of materials including metal, wood, aluminium, fibreglass, plastic, composites or ferro cement (reinforced cement or concrete).

Shipwrights work on the waterfront in shipyards, in the repair sections of ports or in small boat yards and marinas.

They may also work for boat manufacturers in workshops away from the waterfront.


    Shipwrights may perform the following tasks:

  • prepare preliminary sketches of structural parts and sections of vessels
  • produce templates and patterns from full-size detail drawings
  • fit out internal and external components of vessels
  • position sections accurately prior to permanent fastening
  • prepare slipways and construct cradles used to support ships during construction, transportation, launching and slipping
  • supervise launching and slipping procedures
  • carry out repairs


  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • aptitude for technical activities
  • able to work at heights on scaffolding
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • good problem-solving skills
  • organised, methodical approach to work

Interest Area

Manual/Practical Technical/Engineering


Apprenticeship Year 10 Preferred

To become a shipwright you usually have to complete an apprenticeship in Marine Craft Construction.

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.


Shipwrights are employed in construction firms, the Australian Defence Force, companies building leisure craft, as surveyors, and in firms engaged in building and operating marinas. Opportunities for self-employment may also exist.

Some of these businesses may operate on a mobile basis.

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