National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2016 Version 1.3


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9531 - Boat assemblers and inspectors

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.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • aluminum boat assembler
    • boat assembler
    • boat inspector
    • canoe assembler
    • fibreglass boat assembler
    • motorboat assembler
    • sailboat assembler

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Builders of customized wooden boats and wood shipwrights (See 7271 Carpenters)
    • Canoe builders (See 5244 Artisans and craftspersons)
    • Helpers and labourers in boat assembly (See 9619 Other labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities)
    • Marine repair technicians (See 7384 Other trades and related occupations, n.e.c.)
    • Supervisors of boat assemblers and inspectors (See 9227 Supervisors, other products manufacturing and assembly)
    • Workers who fabricate, assemble and fit steel and other metal components to build ships (See 7235 Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters)
  • Main duties

    This group performs some or all of the following 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 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

    • 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.
  • Employment 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.
    • 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.
  • Additional information

    • Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.
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