Boat assemblers and inspectors (NOC 9531)

About this job

Boat assemblers and inspectors work for boat and marine craft manufacturing companies and perform a variety of tasks.

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People in this occupation:

  • assemble wooden, fibreglass and metal boats, such as sailboats, motorboats, canoes and cabin cruisers
  • check assembled boats to ensure product quality
Common job titles
  • assembler, wooden boat
  • cavasser, canoe / waterproofer
  • composite technician - boat assembly
  • surveyor, hull
  • tester, boat rivets / leaks


Boat assemblers:

  • cut, shape and join timber pieces or assemble pre-cut timber pieces to make a wooden boat using hand and power tools
  • assemble parts and sections of fibreglass, metal or other material to form complete boat
  • seal decks and hulls using caulking gun
  • install trims, rudders, seats, engine mounts and other accessories using hand tools
  • may repair boats

Boat inspectors:

  • inspect assembled boats for defects and conformance to quality standards
  • mark defects to be repaired
  • make minor adjustments and repairs
  • record information on products inspected

Work environment

Key aspects of work in this occupation:

  • Assemblers and inspectors in this unit group usually work in a controlled indoor environment.
  • This work produces enough noise to cause loss of hearing.
  • Work is done with equipment, machinery or power/hand tools that could cause an injury.


  • operating metal machining tools to shape metal
  • using hand and power tools to fabricate wood products

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.