Wake up for a job you love.
Do you dream of escaping your repetitive desk job to fix up a sailboat? Want your workplace to be the waterfront? Imagine a fun, varied and challenging career working with privately owned boats and yachts.
BC’s recreational marine industry offers jobs with great wages, flexible hours, steady work, advancement opportunities and stimulating work environment.
Opportunities in the Marine Industry
Career options include:
Marine mechanics install, maintain and repair mechanical systems on vessels. Mechanical systems may include engine sets, steering systems, hydraulic and marine water systems, water systems, hydraulics, davits, winches and more.
Marine electrician Marine Electronics Technician
Marine electricians install and repair a large range of products, including navigation systems, communication systems, thrusters, autopilots, entertainment systems, power systems, Status Instruments and both DC and AC electrical systems and components. This is a 'hands on' position and may involve up-mast work.
Marine finishers are responsible for preparing substrate and applying finishing coats (paint and/or varnish) to vessels. Finish may be applied by hand and brush or sprayed.
Marine upholsterers specialize in marine upholstery and interiors. A marine upholsterer understands the special considerations of crafting products that will be minimally affected by corrosion, moisture and pounding vibration. The work with exterior cushions, canvas covers and enclosures such as plastic windows.
Boat carpenters, or joiners, are woodworkers that build boats from the keel and/or install interior wood work. Shipwrights use traditional skills to restore classic wooden yachts and converted commercial boats.
Composite technicians are specialists that understand the use and application of fiber reinforced laminates. Technicians are responsible for overseeing the construction of parts and the operation of fabrication processes and are called upon to repair laminates.
Outboard engine technician
An outboard engine technician performs maintenance and repair of all outboard motor systems. These systems include ignition, electrical, oil injection, fuel injection, carburetion, hydraulic, engine mechanical and drive train. May also be called up to perform the functions of a rigger, power.
Sailboat riggers install, adjust and modify sailboat standing and running rigging, assemble and dress masts and spars, and rig to lift tenders & dinghies aboard with davits.
Sales representatives sell boats, along with boating goods, parts, supplies and services to retail, wholesale, commercial, industrial and professional clients. They are employed by boat manufacturers, boating schools, retail companies and more. Sales representatives promote sales to existing clients, solicit potential clients and provide clients with a presentation on the benefits and uses of the product. They quote prices, credit terms, warranties and delivery dates, and prepare sales contracts. They also consult with clients after sale to resolve problems and provide ongoing support. They may supervise the activities of other sales representatives.
Boat builders, build, repair and refit new and used boats. These craftspeople are made up of a range of skilled professionals, including carpenters, metal workers and more. BC has a long tradition of yacht building with world wide reputation for quality workmanship
Marine tourism/ charter operators / sports fishing
There are various types of jobs in marine tourism including working at fishing lodges and hosting sport fishing trips, boat tours and sea kayaking ventures.
Charter operators are employed by marine companies that provide sightseeing tours or water taxi services. In addition to operating the pleasure craft, they may be responsible for educating clients on local surroundings, checking for pollutants around ports and maintaining boats and on-board equipment, such as engines, winches, derricks, fire extinguishers and life preservers.
Marina and yacht club staff
There are a number of jobs at a marina or yacht club, including gas station attendants, store attendants, clubhouse management and staff, and dock staff, to monitor boat traffic and assist owners with vessel maintenance.
Yard labourers assist boatyard staff with general yard work, moving boats, sanding and painting boat bottoms, general boat repair and maintenance and other required yard work.
Who's Right for the Marine Industry