Shipwright

Summary

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).

Duties & Tasks

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.

Working Conditions

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.

Personal Requirements

  • 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.

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