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NOC Code: NOC Code: 9531 Occupation: Boat assemblers and inspectors
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
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. 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.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3
Writing Writing 1 2 3
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1 2
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2 3
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2 3
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2 3
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2 3
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2


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Reading
  • Read notes from suppliers and customers concerning changes to orders, out of stock items or substitutions. (1)
  • Read Engineer Change Orders which provide special instructions for custom order boats. (2)
  • Read specification sheets for products. (2)
  • Read boating and sport magazines and brochures to be aware of industry trends. (2)
  • Read equipment installation manuals for information on installing heaters or motors. (3)
  • Read Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for hazard information on resins and waxes. (3)
  • Read Department of Transport (DOT) regulations governing the building and certification of new boats. (3)
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Writing
  • Write corrections onto templates to bring them up to date with drawings. (1)
  • Write notes during boat construction so that information on dimensions will be available on subsequent projects. (1)
  • Write comments on work orders to indicate how repairs have been carried out. (1)
  • Write memos or letters to suppliers or customers to give details about boat construction or prices for repairs. (2)
  • Write cutting instructions to accompany design blueprints. (2)
  • Write brief production reports to track progress on each step of construction. (2)
  • Write brief descriptions of new products for advertising handouts. (3)
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Document Use
  • Complete a quality assurance check list for every boat inspected. (1)
  • Fill in time cards itemizing time spent on each job. (1)
  • Read lists of boat parts to check that all have been included in the assembly. (1)
  • Read signs and labels about safe operation of cutting machines, welding tanks and rods. (1)
  • Read identification code numbers on aluminum templates for boat assembly. (1)
  • Read charts which indicate the code numbers for different gauges of aluminum plate. (2)
  • Read work orders and production schedules. (2)
  • Recognize common angles in directions for positioning the rudder. (2)
  • Refer to catalogues from industrial supply houses to locate parts. (2)
  • Read boat blueprints to plan the location of plumbing lines. (3)
  • Obtain information from graphs about welding temperatures and pressures. (3)
  • Interpret scale drawings of equipment to be mounted and read assembly drawings for putting the pieces of the boat together. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use word processing. For example, write advertising copy for a product that has been built. (2)
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Oral Communication
  • Shout to forklift operators positioning a load of aluminum plates. (1)
  • Talk to suppliers to check the availability of parts and to arrange deliveries. (1)
  • Communicate with customers to explain boat qualities and discuss repair needs. (2)
  • Communicate with welders or apprentices who are spot welding or soldering parts to clarify what needs to be done. (2)
  • Interact with the manager to receive instructions and guidance about assembling a particular boat. (2)
  • Discuss task sequences with co-workers who are part of a boat assembly team. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Measure template dimensions of parts to ensure they match the drawings. (1)
  • Read gauges on argon tanks to ensure readings are within specified ranges. (1)
  • Weigh an amount of polybond material and calculate the amount of catalyst to add at 4 percent by weight. (2)
  • Measure the curvature of the boat hull taking into account the slope of the sides and the ribs in the flooring. (3)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate how much catalyst to add to a catalyst/resin mix, according to the temperature of the day. This affects the density and curing time of the mixture. (1)
  • Estimate the amount of fibreglass required for a boat hull. (2)
  • Estimate the amount of material and labour required to build a boat. (3)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Boat assemblers and inspectors receive general instructions from a manager but prioritize their own work tasks in conjunction with other assemblers. Planning is generally short range, looking only a day or so ahead. Since construction of several boats may be in progress at once and since assemblers and inspectors may be working on several teams at the same time, they need to organize their time carefully in order to keep all jobs on course. In addition, they may be called upon to put aside their own schedule and help co-workers if particularly thorny production problems arise. The rhythm of work is affected by the number of custom orders and the number of changes requested by customers. (3)
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Decision Making
  • Decide if the seam on a kayak is smooth enough to send it along to the next assembly stage. Errors in judgment result in inconvenience to workers further along in the assembly process. (1)
  • Make decisions about the bow angle and gas tank size for customized boats. (2)
  • Decide what minor imperfections can be left on a boat without compromising good quality control. (2)
  • Decide on the priority of various tasks when working on several boats at the same time with a work team of several assemblers. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • Some pieces have been cut too big or holes have been drilled in the wrong spot. Use previous experience and experimentation to carry out repairs. (1)
  • There are leaks in the boat that have been caused by faulty seams and seals. Either take it apart to sand it down and reseal or patch with filler paste. (2)
  • The boat being built is of a particularly difficult design and it is difficult to keep on schedule. Readjust the schedule slightly each day over the next week to regain the lost time. (2)
  • Efforts to custom fit a boat have led to some parts fitting too closely together or interfering with one another. Look at the design and determine to what extent there is flexibility in installation. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Call a supplier to ask for information about how to bolt a piece on a motor or where to position a power steering shaft. (1)
  • Consult the manager and other assemblers on the work team to clarify instructions for assembling boats of a new design. (2)
  • Search a variety of manuals to locate standard sizes for consoles. (2)
  • Refer to parts catalogues to locate supplies. (2)
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