Skills Assembly Inspector, Boats near Grand Falls-Windsor (NL)

Find out what skills you typically need to work as an assembly inspector, boats in Canada. These skills are applicable to all Boat assemblers and inspectors (NOC 9531).


People working in this occupation usually apply the following skill set.

  • Cut, shape and join timber pieces or assemble pre-cut timber pieces to make wooden boats
  • Assemble prefabricated parts and sections of fibreglass, metal or other materials to form boats
  • Caulk decks and hulls
  • Install trims, rudders, seats, engine mounts and other accessories
  • Repair boats
  • Inspect assembled boats for defects and conformance to quality standards
  • Mark defects to be repaired
  • Make minor adjustments and repairs

Skills and knowledge

The following skills and knowledge are usually required in this occupation.

Essential skills

See how the 9 essential skills apply to this occupation. This section will be updated soon.

  • Read notes from suppliers and customers concerning changes to orders, out of stock items or substitutions. (1)
  • May read Engineer Change Orders which provide special instructions for custom order boats. (2)
  • Read specification sheets for products. (2)
  • May 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 Department of Transport (DOT) regulations governing the building and certification of new boats. (3)
  • Read Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for hazard information on resins and waxes. (3)
Document use
  • 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 lists of boat parts to check that all have been included in the assembly. (1)
  • Fill in time cards itemizing time spent on each job. (1)
  • Complete a quality assurance check list for every boat inspected. (1)
  • Read work orders and production schedules. (2)
  • Refer to catalogues from industrial supply houses to locate parts. (2)
  • Read charts which indicate the code numbers for different gauges of aluminum plate. (2)
  • Recognize common angles in directions for positioning the rudder. (2)
  • Obtain information from graphs about welding temperatures and pressures. (3)
  • Read boat blueprints to plan the location of plumbing lines. (3)
  • Interpret scale drawings of equipment to be mounted and read assembly drawings for putting the pieces of the boat together. (3)
  • Write comments on work orders to indicate how repairs have been carried out. (1)
  • Write notes to themselves during boat construction so that information on dimensions will be available on subsequent projects. (1)
  • May write corrections onto templates to bring them up to date with drawings. (1)
  • Write brief production reports to track progress on each step of construction. (2)
  • Write memos or letters to suppliers or customers to give details about boat construction or prices for repairs. (2)
  • May write cutting instructions to accompany design blueprints. (2)
  • May write brief descriptions of new products for advertising handouts. (3)
NumeracyMeasurement and Calculation Math
  • 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% 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)
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)
  • May estimate the amount of material and labour required to build a boat. (3)
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)
  • Discuss task sequences with co-workers who are part of a boat assembly team. (2)
  • Interact with the manager to receive instructions and guidance about assembling a particular boat. (2)
  • Communicate with customers to explain boat qualities and discuss repair needs. (2)
  • May communicate with welders or apprentices who are spot welding or soldering parts to clarify what needs to be done. (2)
ThinkingProblem Solving
  • May find that some pieces have been cut too big or that holes have been drilled in the wrong spot. They use previous experience and experimentation to carry out repairs. (1)
  • May discover leaks in the boat caused by faulty seams and seals. They either take it apart to sand it down and reseal or patch with filler paste. (2)
  • May run behind schedule in building a boat to a particularly difficult design. They readjust their schedule slightly each day over the next week to regain the lost time. (2)
  • May find that efforts to custom fit a boat have led to some parts fitting too closely together or interfering with one another. They look at the design and determine to what extent there is flexibility in installation. (3)
Decision Making
  • May 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)
Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking information was not collected for this profile.

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)

Significant Use of Memory

  • Remember the stage of each task in progress when working on several projects at the same time.
  • Remember unique design features of specific customized boats.
  • Remember differences in assembly procedures for a wide variety of different models.
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)
  • Refer to parts catalogues to locate supplies. (2)
  • 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)
Digital technology
  • They may write advertising copy for some product they build. (2)
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Working with Others

Boat assemblers and inspectors generally work with a partner or are members of a three or four person work team. The team may be assembling four or five boats at once. At times, assemblers may work independently on jobs which can be done by one person, such as sanding seams or doing small repairs. Assemblers working on very small boats such as canoes may work alone.

Continuous Learning

Boat assemblers and inspectors learn both from on-the-job training and specific courses. They learn on the job through interaction with the manager and with co-workers. They may take welding and steel fabrication courses.

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