BOAT BUILDERS/REPAIRERS make, repair, or modify boats according to blueprints. Boat builders lay out a full-scale outline of the boat on the mold-loft floor, following blueprints and a table of offsets. They establish dimensional reference points on the layout and make templates of parts. Boat builders then draw dimensional lines on lumber, or other materials, following the templates.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $39,500 average per year ($19.00 per hour)
- A large occupation (620,400 workers in 2010)
- Expected to grow moderately (1.3% per year)
A four-year apprenticeship is the best way to become a BOAT BUILDER/REPAIRER. Apprentices generally must be at least 18 years old. High school or vocational school courses in mathematics, mechanical drawing, and carpentry are helpful. Some boat builders learn their skills by working with experienced boat builders for several years. Others learn their skills by attending a trade school. No licensing or certification is required for boat builders/repairers.