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Job Description

Boat builders build and repair marine vessels from smaller pleasure or fishing crafts to larger commercial vessels, this could be in a factory, workshop, boat yard or marina, it is an extremely skilled job, often involving the traditional methods of wood carving and treatments.

Entry Requirements

You can get into this job through an apprenticeship in boat building or marine engineering.

To get onto these apprenticeships, you'll usually need 4 to 5 GCSEs, including maths and English, or equivalent qualifications.

You could also take a college course in boat building or marine crafts. Some colleges offer introductory courses so you can see if it’s the right choice for you.

Qualifications or experience in joinery, welding or plumbing can be useful.

Visit British Marine for details about boat building careers and training.

Career Path and Progression

With experience and qualifications, you could become a marine engineer.

You could also move into boat design, work as an assistant to a naval architect or specialise in maritime equipment sales and support.

You could use your skills to transfer to other branches of engineering or into construction.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Engineering maintenance technician
  • Carpenter
  • Welder
  • Marine engineer
  • Marine engineering technician

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • You will need to enjoy manual tasks,
  • Good technical abilities
  • An organised and methodical approach
  • The ability to multi task
  • Comfortable working at heights
  • A reasonable level of fitness
  • Good communication skills

Starting Salary

£16,000 to £35,000

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