Shipyard Laborer

Perform tasks in shipyards.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$17,000 – $35,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Shipyard Laborers do?

Performs following tasks in shipyards: Loads vehicles, using handtruck or dolly. Washes trucks and other vehicles. Cleans ships, piers, drydocks, and other working areas, using broom and water hose. Opens shipping crates, using hammer and pinchbar. Sorts lumber, metals, and other scrap materials. Collects and burns trash. Mixes and pours cement on inner bottoms of ships and around joints on decks to prepare surfaces for tile or to make joints watertight. Removes paint and scale from ships’ metal surfaces, using hand or powered wire brushes. Conveys materials and tools to work site.

Should I be a Shipyard Laborer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Laborer, Shipyard

    How to become a Shipyard Laborer

    Most Shipyard Laborers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9haaaa&chl=no+college+%2888%25%29|certificate+%2811%25%29|associate%27s+%281%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,88,88
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