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If you're technically minded, good with your hands and flexible about where you work, consider boatbuilding. You could be working on boats and ships anywhere in the world: carrying out repairs and maintenance, re-fits, conversions and building from scratch.

You'll need good practical skills, the ability to work in a team and an interest in learning traditional boatbuilding skills as well as modern engineering methods.



Ship and hovercraft officers command and navigate ships and other craft, co-ordinate the activities of officers and deck and engine room ratings, operate and maintain communications equipment on board ship and undertake minor repairs to engines, boilers and other mechanical and electrical equipment.

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Simon Combe

Workshop Technician - Boatbuilding

Simon is a Falmouth Marine School alumni and has worked with a range of boatyards in the construction of yachts and small craft. He supervises both the wood and composite workshops at Falmouth Marine School’s boatbuilding training centre in Ponsharden boatyard, helping learners on a day-today basis with developing their practical skills, techniques and project planning. He also acts as a consultant with the College’s Marine Innovation Service, assisting local businesses who wish to develop their processes and products in composite boat manufacturing (FRP).

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Meet Our Alumni

Nick Smith

Mylor Yacht Harbour

Falmouth Marine School has helped me immensely with my career. I was enrolled onto a course that I wanted to do and really suited me needs

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Light Marine Engineering Level 3

Yacht Fit Out & Composites Level 3

Marine Engineering Extended Diploma Level 3

Boatbuilding Apprenticeship Level 3

Marine Engineering Apprenticeship Level 3

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