Boat assemblers and inspectors (NOC 9531)

About this job

Assemblers and inspectors in this unit group work for boat and marine craft manufacturing companies and perform a variety of tasks.

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Source: WorkBC’s Career Trek

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
  • assembler, wooden boat
  • cavasser, canoe / waterproofer
  • composite technician - boat assembly
  • surveyor, hull
  • tester, boat rivets / leaks

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$39,626

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

Provincial hourly rate

  • High
  • Median
  • Low

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Duties

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.

Examples:

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

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • Some secondary school education may be required.
  • Completion of college or other courses in boat building may be required.
  • On-the-job training is provided.
  • Experience as a helper or labourer in the same company may be required for boat assemblers.
  • Experience as a boat assembler may be required for boat inspectors.

Skills

  • Manual Dexterity
  • Detail-Oriented
  • Methodical
  • Object-Oriented
  • Finger Dexterity
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Academic/Basic Upgrading

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Select a region to view regional outlook
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
230
Average annual employment growth:
2.5%
Expected number of job openings:
130
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
260
Average annual employment growth:
2.2%
Expected number of job openings:
110
Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
260
Average annual employment growth:
0.6%
Expected number of job openings:
80

N/A - Data not available

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

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.