how to become a boatbuilder

Discussion in 'Education' started by tahoetom, Apr 29, 2010.

  1. tahoetom
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    tahoetom New Member

    hello everyone, iv been visiting this site for a while and decided to become a member as i have a great interest in boat building. I wanted to know how all of you became metal boat fabricators and welders, did you get training, apprenticeships, or just experience working. I want to make a living building metal boats what path should i take im thinking about going to a community college for welding, iv only found a few boat building programs in the usa(where i am) but most seem to focus on would. Any advice and guidance would be greatly appreciated

    thankyou

    tom
     
  2. TeddyDiver
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    TeddyDiver Gollywobbler

    That's a good start.. :)
     
  3. erikv
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    erikv Junior Member

    Many community or technical colleges will offer some sort of career placement or guidance, even if only informally. A friend who went through a local welding program here (Lake Washington Technical College) found work right out of school through one of his instructors.

    You'd probably be best served in the advice department by going down and talking to someone at your local school.
     
  4. Submarine Tom

    Submarine Tom Previous Member

    ...or welding shop, preferably one of the better ones, especially if they're

    making boats! You might even get a part time job there while you're at school..
     
  5. peter radclyffe
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    peter radclyffe Senior Member

    buy a welding textbook, buy a small welder,
     
  6. Stumble
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    Stumble Senior Member

    I know of a couple of companies that are hiring right now for boat builder trades (Welders, stainless steal fitters, outfitters, ect...). They all will pay for schooling once you are employed if the schooling is even remotly associated with your job, or potential jobs with the company.

    See:

    Trinity Yachts
    Avondale
    Bollinger Shipyards, Inc.
     
  7. tahoetom
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    tahoetom New Member

    thankyou for all the info
     
  8. conceptia
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    conceptia Naval Architect

    how is the westlawn??
     
  9. apex1

    apex1 Guest

    Good choice for boatdesigners, but not for a builder.
     

  10. conceptia
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    conceptia Naval Architect

    thanks for correcting me.
     
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