Most of us are glad to put 2020 behind us. But that doesn’t mean everything has gone back to exactly the way we were used to in 2021. Shipyards are evolving as much as any other industry, and many of those changes were already on track before the pandemic affected the economy. So, what skills are employers looking for in shipyard candidates this year? Here are 4 skills you should bring to the table.
There are a lot of moving parts, quite literally, in any shipyard environment. One big role that will be in demand for 2021 is operations. This leadership position is about the organization, accountability, and goal setting. Operations are something you can work your way up to from any position within a shipyard if you’re able to demonstrate competence and show an aptitude for decision making and problem-solving.
Critical skills moving forward in the shipbuilding industry will involve technology. The more background you have in tech skills, the more in demand you will be for marine employers. Specifically, many shipyards are adding tech solutions such as artificial intelligence, virtual or augmented reality, and blockchain. Gaining experience in these areas will give you a leg up on your competition when looking for a job.
Of course, several aspects of shipbuilding can’t be done by computers, so shipyards are still reliant on skilled individuals for fabrication. Fabrication is a transferable skill that can come from almost any other industrial or manufacturing environment, and it will make you an attractive candidate for the marine industry. Your fabrication skills should go hand in hand with blueprint reading and math aptitude.
Welders are always in high demand in shipyards. There are several types of welding, including MIG, TIG, and Arc. If you can bring experience to the table with welding and know your way around the tools of the trade, you’ll be in a good position to find a marine job. These roles’ other requirement is a comfort level with working in tightly confined spaces and high heat environments.