How to become a Shipwright

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).

Personal requirements of a Shipwright

  • 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

Education & Training for a Shipwright

To become a shipwright you usually have to complete an apprenticeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

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