April 03, 2020


A Shipbuilder will need to construct sections of the ship, superstructures and components in metal using cutting, joining, forming and shaping techniques. They will also work in wood and composites/fibreglass at times. Shipbuilders might also be called upon to do repairs, item fabrication, the removal, overhaul and testing of equipment and fittings.

Entry requirements/training:

As a Shipbuilder you must be able to work at heights, as well as comfortable working in confined and awkward spaces. You are often required to work under severe conditions, and you need to be robust, confident in your ability and have a sound awareness of safety requirements at every stage of the job. Being a team player is also very important.

Career advancement:

Even after you have completed your trade test certificate, you will still need a minimum of three years’ experience on the job in the marine environment to be considered an experienced Shipbuilder. You will learn every day as work conditions will change depending on the vessel you are working on and whether the ship/submarine/floating structure is in a dry dock or in the water.

Associated job opportunities:

Shipbuilders have strong metal working and systems skills, and these could be used effectively in the Oil and Gas sector.