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Today's boat builders combine centuries-old traditional skills with some of the most cutting-edge technologies of the future. It's an industry that's full of opportunity and you can be a part of it. As a boat builder you can use your skills in fields like math, drafting, electronics, woodworking and chemistry to build a lucrative and rewarding career.

You can also be involved in the exciting field of composite technology. Approximately 90% of Maine boat builders utilize composite technologies in their work today. Not only that, the skills you learn in composite technology are in high demand around the world. Today, composites are being used in the aerospace industry, in designing race cars, for body armor in the military, in surfboards and skateboards and in the building of houses that can withstand hurricane force winds.

To learn more about how you can learn the skills to be part of today's boat building industry, contact one of the organizations below. There's a world of opportunity waiting for you.
  • There are many exciting careers awaiting young people in the Marine Trades and Composites industries that include high wages and generous benefits packages
  • These are growing industries in Maine ... diverse opportunities ... expanding technology
  • Maine has a variety of training and educational providers for these careers
Important Skills
We encourage you to help your children with their career exploration. Maine's marine and composite training centers are always available for tours. Some companies welcome tours too! It's never too early to explore career opportunities.
Important Skills for All Levels
Customer Service Skills
Working effectively with and answering the needs of customers.

Attention to Detail
Following instructions carefully and making sure to carry out all necessary procedures.

Knowledge of Boat Terminology
Learning the different parts of boats

Mechanically Inclined
Ability to problem solve and fix minor issues on boats under supervision.

Equipment Selection
Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

Active Listening
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, understanding points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Active Learning
Understanding the implications on new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Time Management
Managing one's own time and the time of others to get jobs done on schedule.

Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

Basic Math
Solving problems using simple calculations (usually high school level math)

Reading Comprehension
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Additional Skills for Levels 2 and above
Equipment Maintenance
Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

Critical Thinking
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Judgment and Decision-Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Teaching others how to do something.

Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

Quality Control Analysis
Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Technical Math
Solving problems using advanced calculations, technology, measurements and/or modeling

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Technology Design
Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
Additional Skills for Levels 3 and 4
Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
Management of Personnel Resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Additional Skills for Levels 5
Financial Management / Budgeting
Creating/analyzing financial reports; making decisions about company finances; forecasting and planning; creating and monitoring budgets
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