NOC 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.

Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Main 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.

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.

All Titles

  • aluminum boat assembler
  • aluminum boat leak tester
  • assembler, boats
  • assembler, canoes
  • assembler, dinghies
  • assembler, motorboats
  • assembler, sailboats
  • assembly inspector, boats
  • assembly inspector, motorboats
  • assembly inspector, wooden boats
  • assembly laminator, boats
  • assembly repairer, boatsassembly repairman, boats, assembly repairwoman, boats, boat assembly repairman, boat assembly repairwoman, repairman, boat assembly, repairwoman, boat assembly
  • boat assembler
  • boat assembler, aluminum
  • boat assembler, fibreglass
  • boat assembly inspector
  • boat assembly laminator
  • boat assembly repairer
  • boat assembly repairer, fibreglassboat assembly repairman, fibreglass, boat assembly repairwoman, fibreglass, repairman, fibreglass boat assembly, repairwoman, fibreglass boat assembly
  • boat inspector
  • boat inspector and finisher, fibreglass
  • boat inspector, wood
  • boat motor installer
  • canoe assembler
  • canoe building inspector
  • canoe canvasser
  • canvas canoe waterproofer
  • caulker, wooden hulls – boat assembly
  • dinghy assembler
  • fibreglass boat assembler
  • fibreglass boat inspector and finisher
  • hull inspector
  • hull surveyor
  • inspector and finisher, fibreglass boats
  • inspector, boat assembly
  • inspector, boats
  • inspector, canoe building
  • inspector, hull
  • inspector, motorboat assembly
  • inspector, wooden boat assembly
  • inspector, wooden boats
  • installer, boat motors
  • installer, outboard motors
  • installer-fitter, outboard motors
  • laminator, boat assembly
  • leak tester, aluminum boats
  • loft rigger – boat assembly
  • motor installer, boats
  • motorboat assembler
  • motorboat assembly inspector
  • outboard motor installer
  • outboard motor installer-fitter
  • plywood boat veneer layer
  • repairer, boat assembly
  • repairer, fibreglass boat assembly
  • rivet tester – boat assembly
  • sailboat assembler
  • tester, rivets – boat assembly
  • veneer layer, plywood boat
  • waterproofer, canoe canvas
  • wooden boat assembly inspector
  • wooden boat inspector
  • wooden hull caulker – boat assembly


  • Builders of customized wooden boats and wooden 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)


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