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.
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.
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.