A person who designs, builds and repairs ships, or other vessels.

Construct, fit out, commission and repair all types of vessels from small pleasure craft through to a range of competitive, commercial and naval vessels.
Day to day tasks include preparing preliminary sketches of structural parts and sections, producing templates and patterns from full-size detail drawings, fitting out internal and external components, positioning sections accurately, preparing slipways and constructing cradles used to support ships, supervising launching and slipping procedures, carrying out repairs.


Shipbuilding technicians build, convert, repair and service ships and offshore platforms.
They are involved in all the mechanical and electrical aspects of work being done to ships or equipment intended to be installed. This includes main engines, electrical generators and a variety of mechanical equipment used in modern ships.

Technicians are responsible for the accuracy of all the work carried out on board. In the case of new ships they must ensure that everything works efficiently before handing a vessel over to its new owners. This may involve travelling at sea on commissioning trials.

Shipbuilding technicians normally work a 40-hour week with extra payment for overtime or shift working. Performance related bonus payments may be involved to ensure that deadlines are met.
The working environment varies. They may work in a comfortable office either inland or at the port. Alternatively work may be outside or at sea installing equipment in all weathers and conditions.

As a shipbuilding technician you would need to be:
• a good team worker
• able to find practical solutions to problems
• computer literate and have some knowledge of Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Manufacturing (CAM)
• conversant with plans and drawings
• able to communicate clearly and precisely
• interested in science and technology
• willing to travel.

Shipbuilding Technicians are employed in:
• civilian or naval shipyards, dock yards, Private and Govt. shipyards in India
• boatyards or marinas; constructing, servicing or repairing smaller vessels
• in a shore-based marine engineering companies, providing a service to shipbuilders
• The Merchant Navy or the Ministry of Defence (Navy).
• On Shore & Off Shore industries in India & Abroad
• Public and Private Port & Harbour, and Petrochemical Industries.

Shipbuilding offers a career both at home and overseas to people with a wide range of interests and abilities.

Opportunities exist at sea where training is provided by the Navy, Coast Guard and the Merchant Navy.
Employees in the shipbuilding industry not only build ships but also outfit them and repair them. In fact, most skilled craft workers in the industry are specialists in their particular trade.



1.   Welder

2.   Fitter

3.   Pipe Fitter

4.   Electrician


Duration - The program is of two years of four semesters.

1. Objective

The   program is   designed to   educate   and   train   the students in ship building technology with a view to perform shop floor work at ship building or ship repair industries.


2.  Programme Structure

The program will have four semesters. The program is   designed   as   a combination of Lecture, Practical’s at workshops and attachment at a shipyard.


3.  Eligibility Criteria

The basic qualification for the admission of the course is

     A.  Plus Two with 50% of the marks when all subjects put together and 

     B.  50% of marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematic separately are essential for admission


4.  Intake Strength        : 60 seats an academic year

Government Quota          : 50% as per Kerala Govt. norms        : 30 seats

Management Quota         : 35% as per the merit                         : 23 seat

NRI / Outside Quota*     : 15% as per the Eligibility norms of

                                          the course.                                       : 07 seats


*denotes    : To be filled by the college management directly

  • The admission in Government seats & 35% of Management seats will be conducted by the Director of Technical Education.
  • There will be two stages of counseling process for admission. 
  • After the two counseling the available seats if any in Government quota, is filled by the management observing the merit.

 5. Attendance

The  students  are  required  to  have  80%  attendance  in  each semester (both Theory & Practical individually) as requirement to appear for the respective semester  exams.  However the shortage in attendance between 70% and 80% can be condoned by the Principal with valid reasons and below 70% by the Director, Directorate of Technical Education as per the exiting norms.



Basic Job Description:

Welding of ship’s structure, Machinery foundation etc using knowledge of welding techniques, metallurgy, and engineering requirements. Includes experimental welders who analyze engineering drawings and specifications to plan welding operations where procedural information is unavailable.

  • Applying safe working practice while performing duties
  • weld marine structures , ships and  structural components in all positions
  • adjust heat and wire speed settings to assure wire penetration and weld quality to base material
  • tack , heat bend, grind parts required configurations
  • Detect faulty operation of equipment and notify supervisors
  • Monitor the fitting and welding process to  avoid overheating, warping, distortion or expansion of material

Employment Opportunities:

Welders are highly in demand in India and abroad; in fact they are recorded as highest deployed workers in construction industry. It is presumed that in a ship 80% of the total work is welding.  They may be employed both local and overseas. 


 A  Ship’s Fitter is also known as Marine Fitter is involved in:

  • using tools, machines, equipment and engineering techniques to maintain and repair marine plant and equipment to operational standards 
  • identifying a defect or worn mechanical components or equipment
  • repairing/replacing worn or faulty components or equipment, and modifications
  • repairing or manufacturing parts using general application of workshop machines including lathes, milling and drilling machines
  • utilizing thermal heating, cutting and welding equipment. 

As an engineering tradesperson fitter you must be able to:

  • apply quality systems
  • perform computations
  • maintain and overhaul mechanical equipment
  • perform fault finding diagnostics
  • use power tools and hand held operations
  • shut down and isolate machines and equipment
  • perform milling and lathe operations
  • maintain and update components such as boiler tubes
  • perform precision mechanical measurements
  • plan a complete activity.



A wide range of Maritime Piping Systems and related products where a Piping Technician to work:

Ships have a maze of pipes that carry gas, steam water and other vapours in order to run.  The trades people that connect, assemble and maintain these pipe systems are called marine Pipe Fitters.  Pipe Fitters are involved in the installation and maintenance of Fire Fighting, Bilge, Hydraulic Steering, sanitary, potable water, Hot water heating, fuel, and exhaust piping system on Ships. 

Ship’s pipefitters or Marine Pipefitter fit into the group of "pipe trades," which deals with the installation, maintenance and repair of piping systems.

  • Read and interpret drawings and specifications to determine layout requirements
  • Cut openings for pipe using hand or power tools or machines
  • Select type and size of pipe required
  • Overhaul or replace pumps and valves
  • Install piping systems according to blueprints and Coast Guard regulations
  • Repair piping systems through replacement of defective pipes or joints through soldering, silbrazing, sweating, or welding
  • Test system for leaks using testing equipment
  • Clean and maintain pipe units and fittings
  • Follow strict test procedures in the accomplishment of systems testing
  • Report problems with testing procedures to engineering group
  • pipefitters work either aboard ships or on ships at dockyard



Ship’s Electrician installs, maintains, and repairs electrical systems and equipments on board boats and ships. In addition to working on ships in port, electricians can also handle ships while they’re in dry dock and out at sea if a ship requires emergency repairs. Some potential employers can include the military, government agencies, shipbuilders, and maintenance firms that provide support services for boats and ships.


Knowledge’s, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of marine electrical systems and required maintenance and repair needs.
  • Knowledge of the principles, techniques, and practices involved in the installation, maintenance, repair and alteration of marine electrical and electro-mechanical systems, power management system etc.
  • Skill in the detection, diagnoses, maintenance and repair of marine electrical systems, Marine Electrical Propulsion etc.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing complex marine electrical systems problems.