Prototype Carpenter

Fit and install bulkheads and cabinets in prototype fiberglass boats.
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Salary Range
$25,000 – $72,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Prototype Carpenters do?

Fits and installs bulkheads, sole, and cabinets in prototype fiberglass boats, and cuts pattern for production sailboats: Reads preliminary blueprints to determine bulkhead dimensions and position. Transfers dimensions to marine plywood, using tape measure, square, and marking devices. Cuts wood to specified dimensions, using portable electric saw. Lifts and carries wood and climbs scaffolds to position plywood in hull. Pushes and pulls to position bulkhead in accordance with specifications. Marks and trims bulkhead to remove excess material and ensure bulkhead matches hull contour. Attaches bulkhead to pawl with clamps to immobilize bulkhead. Applies liquid adhesive to back of trim fabric and surface to be covered, using brush. Lays fabric on adhesive-coated area and smooths material with hands to remove wrinkles. Slides and shoves prebuilt cabinets into specified position. Transfers measurements of fitted parts to plywood, using tape measure, square, and marking devices. Cuts wood, using portable electric saw, to make pattern for production sailboat.

Should I be a Prototype Carpenter?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Carpenter, Prototype

    How to become a Prototype Carpenter

    Prototype Carpenters generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Prototype Carpenter-related education!
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