Boat Assemblers and Inspectors

(NOC 9531)

in All Manufacturing and Utilities

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 Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

  • Estimate Weak growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 1275 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2016

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)

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

$12,096

Minimum

$32,456

Median

$81,071

Maximum

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

Hourly Pay

$12.00

Minimum

$18.75

Median

$30.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$6,056

Minimum

$30,111

Median

$70,518

Maximum

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 high 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.

By the numbers

Quick look

290

employed in 2016

95.4%

employed full-time

12.1%

self employed

15.4%
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84.6%
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45

median age

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

15,275

employed in 2016

86.6%

employed full-time

3.1%

self employed

27.6%
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72.4%
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44.7

median age

Where will I likely work?

49.2%

Southern

35.4%

Halifax

7.7%

Northern

4.6%

Cape Breton

4.6%

Annapolis Valley

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

67.8%

Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing

18.6%

Public Administration

6.8%

Retail Trade

3.4%

Textiles, Furniture and Other Manufacturing

3.4%

Food and Beverage Product Manufacturing

What is the age of Employment?

41.2%

55-64

17.6%

25-34

17.6%

45-54

11.8%

65+

11.8%

35-44

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

41.6%

45-54

28.6%

55-64

20.8%

35-44

5.2%

25-34

2.6%

15-24

Top levels of education

38.5%

Less than high school

$28,399 median annual income
21.5%

Trades certificate

$39,416 median annual income
20.0%

High school

$26,383 median annual income
16.9%

College certificate or diploma

$30,379 median annual income
3.1%

University certificate or diploma

N/A

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

38.1%

High school

$28,358 median annual income
22.9%

Less than high school

$21,011 median annual income
20.3%

College certificate or diploma

$36,968 median annual income
12.4%

Trades certificate

$37,356 median annual income
4.4%

Bachelor's degree

$36,852 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

PO Box 220

Halifax, NS B3J 2M4

(866) 679-6722

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Marine maintenance/fitter and ship repair technology/technician

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class includes 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.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus

5685 Leeds Street

Halifax, NS B3K 2T3

(902) 491-6722

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

226 Reeves Street

Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2

(902) 625-2380

Apprenticeship Training

Department of Labour and Advanced Education 2021 Brunswick Street, PO Box 578

Halifax, NS B3J 2S9

(800) 494-5651

Woodworking - General

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class includes 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.

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

UNIFOR
63 Otter Lake Court, 2nd Floor
Halifax, NS B3S 1M1
Tel: (902) 455-9327
Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association
57 Crane Lake Drive, Suite 1
Halifax, NS B3S 1B5
Tel: (902) 423-2378
Fax: (902) 423-2379

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Job postings

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