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Boat Assemblers and Inspectors

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NOC:9531
Occupation:Boat Assemblers and Inspectors
Category:Manufacturing and Utilities

About the job

Nature of work:

Boat assemblers assemble wooden, fibreglass and metal boats, such as sailboats, motorboats, canoes and cabin cruisers. Boat inspectors check assembled boats to ensure proper product quality. They are employed by boat and marine craft manufacturing companies.

Job duties:
Boat assemblers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Cut, shape and join timber pieces or assemble pre-cut timber pieces to make a wooden boat using hand and power tools.
  • Assemble prefabricated parts and sections of fibreglass, metal or other material to form complete boat.
  • Caulk decks and hulls using caulking gun.
  • Install trims, rudders, seats, engine mounts and other accessories using hand tools.
  • May repair boats.
Boat inspectors perform some or all of the following duties:
  • 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.
Sample job titles:
  • boat assembler
  • boat assembly inspector
  • boat assembly repairer
  • boat inspector
  • boat motor installer
  • outboard motor installer-fitter
Skills:

These jobs require mechanical aptitude and physical fitness. Good spatial perception, form perception, and hand-eye coordination are important. You must be accurate and attentive to detail.

Job requirements:
  • 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.
Other considerations:

Experience as a helper or labourer in the same company may be required for boat assemblers while experience as a boat assembler may be required for boat inspectors. Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Undetermined

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Boat Assemblers and Inspectors most commonly work full-time hours. Also, a fair portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

The median employment income for 54% of Boat Assemblers and Inspectors who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $46,254. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Boat Assemblers and Inspectors290xxx
Minimum:  N/A
Median:  N/A
Maximum:  N/A
Minimum: $12,096
Median: $32,456
Maximum: $81,071
Occupations in Manufacturing and Utilities15,275Weak growth1,275Moderate
Minimum: $12.00
Median: $18.75
Maximum: $30.00
Minimum: $6,056
Median: $30,111
Maximum: $70,518
Boat Assemblers and InspectorsCompared to: Occupations in Manufacturing and Utilities
Percent employed full-time95%87%
Percent self-employed49%3%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentBoat Assemblers and InspectorsCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern49%$26,28712%$30,581
Northern8%x16%$33,660
Cape Breton5%x13%$32,974
Halifax35%x47%$41,209
Annapolis Valley5%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeBoat Assemblers and InspectorsCompared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities
% Employed% Employed
15-24N/A3%
25-3418%5%
35-4412%21%
45-5418%42%
55-6441%29%
65+12%3%
Median Age4545
GenderBoat Assemblers and InspectorsCompared to: Occupations in Manufacturing and Utilities
% Employed% Employed
Female15%28%
Male85%72%
EducationBoat Assemblers and InspectorsCompared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school38.5%$28,39922.9%$21,011
High school20.0%$26,38338.1%$28,358
Trades certificate21.5%$39,41612.4%$37,356
College certificate or diploma16.9%$30,37920.3%$36,968
University certificate or diploma3.1%x1.1%$35,915
Bachelor's degreeN/A$30,6984.4%$36,852
University advanced certificate or diplomaN/Ax0.3%$55,581
Master's degreeN/Ax0.5%x
DoctorateN/AxN/A$25,380
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryN/Ax0.1%N/A
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

Sources

Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
UNIFOR
63 Otter Lake Court, 2nd Floor
Halifax, NS B3S 1M1
Tel: (902) 455-9327
halifax@unifor.org
Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association
57 Crane Lake Drive, Suite 1
Halifax, NS B3S 1B5
Tel: (902) 423-2378
Fax: (902) 423-2379
info@nsboats.ca

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Adult high school/secondary diploma programs
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the high school level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that defines the prescribed requirements, specified by the appropriate jurisdiction, for the completion of and graduation from a secondary school program of academic subject matter offered for adult learners outside of the regular secondary school program. This does not include adult compensatory education programs resulting in completion of a high school equivalency certificate or diploma.
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Universite Sainte-Anne
Siège Social: 1695, Route 1
Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0
(902) 769-2114
Blanche.Theriault@usainteanne.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus
50 Elliott Road
Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0
(902) 825-3491
avc.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus
PO Box 550, 1 Main Street
Springhill, NS B0M 1X0
(902) 597-3737
cumberland.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus
21 Woodlawn Road
Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7
(902) 491-4900
akerley.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus
372 Pleasant Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2
(902) 742-3501
burridge.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus
236 Belcher Street
Kentville, NS B4N 0A6
(902) 678-7341
kingstec.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus
75 High Street
Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8
(902) 543-4608
lunenburg.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus
5685 Leeds Street
Halifax, NS B3K 2T3
(902) 491-6722
it.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries
PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue
Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0
(902) 752-2002
pictou.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus
PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road
Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0
(902) 875-8640
shelburne.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute
226 Reeves Street
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2
(902) 625-2380
strait.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
marconi.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus
36 Arthur Street
Truro, NS B2N 1X5
(902) 893-5385
truro.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:Marine maintenance/fitter and ship repair technology/technician
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair outboard and inboard engines; test, maintain, and repair steering devices and electrical systems; repair metal, wood, and fibreglass hulls and vessel components; fabricate and maintain sails; and repair and balance propellers and drive shafts.
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Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus
5685 Leeds Street
Halifax, NS B3K 2T3
(902) 491-6722
it.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute
226 Reeves Street
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2
(902) 625-2380
strait.info@nscc.ca
Apprenticeship Training
Department of Labour and Advanced Education 2021 Brunswick Street, PO Box 578
Halifax, NS B3J 2S9
(800) 494-5651
Program Name:Woodworking - General
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that generally prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to lay out and shape stock; assemble wooden articles or subassemblies; mark, bind, saw, carve, and sand wooden products; repair wooden articles, and use a variety of hand and power tools.
There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.
Additional resources:

There are no additional resources for this occupation.