Profession shipwright

Shipwrights build and repair small type of water vessels from pleasure craft to naval vessels. They prepare preliminary sketches and create templates. They use hand and power tools to construct smaller boat themselves or supervise a team of shipbuilders. They also construct cradles and slipways for the ship’s construction, transportation, launching and slipping. Depending on the vessels, they might work with different materials such as metal, wood, fibreglass, aluminium etc.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Design drawings

    Understand design drawings detailing the design of products, tools, and engineering systems.

  • Engineering principles

    The engineering elements like functionality, replicability, and costs in relation to the design and how they are applied in the completion of engineering projects.

  • Mechanics

    Theoretical and practical applications of the science studying the action of displacements and forces on physical bodies to the development of machinery and mechanical devices.

  • Mechanics of vessels

    The mechanics involved in boats and ships. Understand the technicalities and participate in discussions over related topics in order to solve problems related to the mechanics.

  • Engineering processes

    The systematic approach to the development and maintenance of engineering systems.

Skills

  • Adjust engineering designs

    Adjust designs of products or parts of products so that they meet requirements.

  • Read engineering drawings

    Read the technical drawings of a product made by the engineer in order to suggest improvements, make models of the product or operate it.

  • Fasten components

    Fasten components together according to blueprints and technical plans in order to create subassemblies or finished products.

  • Apply health and safety standards

    Adhere to standards of hygiene and safety established by respective authorities.

  • Read standard blueprints

    Read and comprehend standard blueprints, machine, and process drawings.

  • Prepare pieces for joining

    Prepare metal or other material workpieces for joining processes by cleaning the workpieces, checking their measurements with the technical plan and marking on the pieces where they'll be joined.

  • Use power tools

    Operate power driven pumps. Use hand tools or power tools. Use vehicle repair tools or safety equipment.

  • Ensure vessel compliance with regulations

    Inspect vessels, vessel components, and equipment; ensure compliance with standards and specifications.

  • Align components

    Align and lay out components in order to put them together correctly according to blueprints and technical plans.

  • Liaise with engineers

    Collaborate with engineers to ensure common understanding and discuss product design, development and improvement.

Optional knowledge and skills

fibreglass laminating use welding equipment metal forming technologies types of maritime vessels set up automotive robot operate drilling equipment program a cnc controller apply preliminary treatment to workpieces use cad software cutting technologies operate handheld riveting equipment cut metal products sanding techniques manipulate wood operate precision measuring equipment cae software types of wood material mechanics cad software sand wood tend riveting machine rivet types physical parts of the vessel types of metal lead a team use painting equipment defense system industrial paint operate lifting equipment construct moulds