Key information

  1. Reference: ST0059
  2. Date updated: 29/02/2024
  3. Level: 3
  4. Route: Engineering and manufacturing
  5. Regulated occupation: No
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Occupation summary

Boatbuilders build boats such as yachts, workboats and superyachts and/or refit and repair existing boats. Boats may be made of composites, metals or wood so a boatbuilder can work with and understand the capabilities of a variety of materials. They can read and interpret engineering and technical drawings to produce moulds, jigs, plugs and templates to create complex shapes using a variety of measuring equipment, machines and hand tools. They manufacture and assemble components that form the structure of a boat as well as the interior and exterior fit out. They will be expected to work both individually and as part of a team. They understand and comply with organisational and statutory safety including sustainability requirements and can work with minimum supervision. They are responsible for the quality and accuracy of their work and are good communicators and problem solvers. Boatbuilders typically work with associated trades such as Marine Engineers and have a strong understanding of the marine industry. Upon successful completion of their apprenticeship, the individual will be multi-skilled and thus capable of adapting to changing demands as boats become more complex, and new materials and methods are introduced.

Typical job titles include:

marine engineers



K1: The purpose of a range of equipment, tools and materials Back to Duty

K2: The characteristics and reaction of materials to their environment e.g. temperature, humidity, pressure Back to Duty

K3: Safe and efficient methods of use, maintenance, movement, protection and storage of materials Back to Duty

K4: Work hazards and safe working methods Back to Duty

K5: Broad knowledge of other marine trades to understand their needs Back to Duty

K6: How to produce and interpret engineering drawings and understand boatbuilding terminology Back to Duty

K7: The international marine industry and the company’s place within it Back to Duty

K8: The company’s products and services Back to Duty

K9: The role of formal and informal communication Back to Duty

K10: The uses of information technology in the workplace Back to Duty

K11: Principles of costing, pricing and budgeting Back to Duty

K12: The company’s process for design, planning and set up Back to Duty

K13: How to obtain the required specifications using selected procedures Back to Duty

K14: The conventions underpinning technical documentation the roles and safe and efficient uses of machinery Back to Duty

K15: The uses of templates Back to Duty

K16: Vessel design and construction, complex shapes and the applications of geometry Back to Duty

K17: The bill of materials methodology and reporting of discrepancies Back to Duty

K18: Feedback on drawing and specification errors of modifications required Back to Duty

K19: The appropriate uses of measuring aids and equipment Back to Duty

K20: The basic principles of contingency planning and of problem solving Back to Duty

K21: The options and constraints during assembly Back to Duty

K22: Working with complex shapes and curves Back to Duty

K23: The scope of materials for shaping and manipulation Back to Duty

K24: The options for holding and clamping components prior to assembly Back to Duty

K25: The properties, uses and limitations of materials for connecting, fixing and assembling components Back to Duty

K26: De-storing a vessel for repair, safeguarding and protecting all removed items. Back to Duty

K27: Methods of disassembling boats for repair Back to Duty

K28: Fault finding techniques Back to Duty

K29: A range of new and traditional techniques for boatbuilding Back to Duty

K30: The options for connecting similar and dissimilar materials Back to Duty

K31: Types and uses of deck hardware and the forces applied Back to Duty

K32: The options for fixing components in place Back to Duty

K33: Understanding service and maintenance requirements Back to Duty

K34: The options for connecting similar and dissimilar materials Back to Duty

K35: Types and uses of deck hardware and the forces applied Back to Duty

K36: The options for fixing components in place Back to Duty

K37: Understanding service and maintenance requirements Back to Duty

K38: Manufacturers’ specifications and requirements Back to Duty

K39: Guidance for the care and maintenance of materials Back to Duty

K40: The relevant documentation Back to Duty

K41: Boat handling skills Back to Duty

K42: Understand the requirements for basin and sea trials Back to Duty

K43: Principles of practice for working on or near water Back to Duty


S1: Prepare the work area Back to Duty

S2: Maintain safe, clean and efficient work methods and environments Back to Duty

S3: Identify and minimise hazards and risks in the workplace Back to Duty

S4: Select, use, maintain and store equipment, tools and materials Back to Duty

S5: Follow and maintain work procedures, method statements and production records Back to Duty

S6: Make the most efficient and effective use of resources, time and materials Back to Duty

S7: Prepare for meetings and discussions Back to Duty

S8: Use appropriate listening, questioning, recording and presentation techniques Back to Duty

S9: Use appropriate marine terminology Back to Duty

S10: Use estimating techniques to support discussions Back to Duty

S11: Review and verify designs and plans Back to Duty

S12: Finalise time and cost of the work to be done Back to Duty

S13: Identify and source equipment, machinery, tools and materials Back to Duty

S14: Make, produce and use jigs and templates as required Back to Duty

S15: Set up tools and machinery Back to Duty

S16: Manufacture or repair components to the required specification Back to Duty

S17: Move components using the appropriate safe methods Back to Duty

S18: Check components for robustness, fit and tolerances Back to Duty

S19: Analyse problems with machinery, equipment, Back to Duty

S20: tools and material, proposing/implementing solutions where appropriate Back to Duty

S21: Move, shape and manipulate components to achieve best fit Back to Duty

S22: Select and use appropriate methods for holding materials and components in place during assembly, and for the connecting, fixing and assembly of materials and components Back to Duty

S23: Safeguard materials and components during assembly Back to Duty

S24: Select suitable methods of repair that are effective and maintain original construction Back to Duty

S25: Select suitable methods for fault finding and analysis Back to Duty

S26: Make repairs whilst safeguarding the integrity of components and the surrounding area Back to Duty

S27: Identify, mark, store and organise dismantled parts for reassembly Back to Duty

S28: Determine the order and work methods Back to Duty

S29: Install and fix components using the most appropriate method and material Back to Duty

S30: Ensure that joins are suitably made and treated Back to Duty

S31: Position and fit items Back to Duty

S32: Finalise fit out for deck hardware Back to Duty

S33: Check joins are sealed and fit for purpose Back to Duty

S34: Prepare surfaces, treat suitably and ensure are free from defects and protected Back to Duty

S35: Soften or suitably finish edges Back to Duty

S36: Assess quality of work Back to Duty

S37: Assess fixtures and fittings for quality and stability Back to Duty

S38: Contribute to the commissioning of the boat as required Back to Duty

S39: Assemble required documentation Back to Duty

S40: Brief recipients verbally with necessary documentation Back to Duty


B1: Appropriate safety behaviours individually and towards others Back to Duty

B2: A commitment to quality and continuous improvement Back to Duty

B3: Commercial awareness and business acumen Back to Duty

B4: A focus on the requirements of the customer Back to Duty

B5: An ability to work effectively individually and as part of a team Back to Duty

B6: An ability to communicate with all levels of the organisation Back to Duty

B7: A strong work ethic including motivated, committed, meticulous, reliable, proactive and adaptable behaviours Back to Duty

B8: A recognition and appreciation of equality and diversity in the workplace Back to Duty

T Level in engineering, manufacturing, processing and control​

Qualification type: T Level

Qualification level: 3

Awarding organisation: City & Guilds

Approval date: 04/11/2021

Available from: 01/09/2022

Occupational specialism: Composites Manufacturing Technologies

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Aligned occupational standards

ST0094 Composites technician

ST0059 Boatbuilder

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