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.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

moderate growth

Employment by state:

ACT 0%

NSW 35.3%

NT 0%

QLD 28.4%

SA 1.2%

TAS 2.6%

VIC 25.5%

WA 6.9%

Hours worked:



below average

Gender split:

Male 100%

Female 0%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 100%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 0%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 0%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 44.7%

Above 35 years: 55.3%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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