Last updated 17 days ago
Location:Glasgow City


BAE Systems Naval Ships design, build, commission, repair and support a full range of complex naval ships from offshore patrol vessels through to aircraft carriers, giving customers the capability to carry out extensive naval operations. We also support them through the life of the vessels around the world.

We currently have multiple vacancies for permanent Shipwright positions at our site in Govan.

As a Shipwright you will be pivotal in preparing ships to go to sea, supporting in their movement and eventual float-off. You must be skilled in the docking and un-docking of ships on-site in our shipyards.

You will also need to know how to level and align large ship structures during build and will require to be skilled in the lifting and transportation of these structures in support of the build process. In addition to these large-scale activities you will also be expected to play an important role in the manufacturing, fitting, levelling and alignment of ships equipment, seats and other structures.

This role will provide you with a long-term career opportunity, excellent benefits, as well as working on the construction of 5 ships on the Clyde within a modern working environment.

Your main responsibilities as a Shipwright will involve:

Marking - off materials

Assembling of ships structures, shell, decks, bulkheads, frames, & Longitudinals

Erect, level and position units. (Use of lifting equipment. Use of levelling equipment and fairing aids)

Install Fabricated ship items - seats, ladders, false flooring & panels etc.

Outfitting Ships items, fitting of hatches, watertight doors, equipment seats & false flooring

Preparing ship for launch & ship sea trials & float off

Ship Docking (set up dock, sewing wedge, safe operation of dock gate and dock side winches

Plate preparation, using different methods (Oxy – fuel gas cutting & Hand Grinding), & drilling

Sea Trials (deck crew, anchor party)

Your skills and qualifications:


Experienced Shipwright with Trade papers is essential

Working knowledge of ship movement & docking processes

Skilled in the docking and un-docking of ships on-site in shipyards

Understanding of fabrication and installation drawings


Health and safety knowledge

Experience of coaching and passingon knowledge to apprentices

Understanding of quality standards

What we're looking for in you:

You will have good communication skills with the ability to work well as part of a team. You must be practical and showcase good problem-solving skills.

Location: Govan

Salary: £28,611

Benefits: Our employees receive an excellent benefits package which includes a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. We also offer a range of additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and many local and national employee discounts. Some employees may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

BAE Systems

At BAE Systems, our advanced defence technology protects people and national security, and keeps critical information and infrastructure secure. We search for new ways to provide our customers with a competitive edge across the air, maritime, land and cyber domains. We employ a skilled workforce of 85,800 people in more than 40 countries, and work closely with local partners to support economic development by transferring knowledge, skills and technology.

Our Naval Ships business

We design and manufacture a range of naval ships and state of the art combat systems and equipment, giving customers the capability to fulfil extensive naval operations. From offshore patrol vessels through to the latest City Class Type 26 frigates that we are building for the UK Royal Navy, and the Australian Hunter Class and Canadian Surface Combatant, we are a business that operates on a truly global platform and can offer a wide range of opportunities where you can play your part in these challenging and exciting projects.

Attracting and retaining the sharpest minds is essential for a globally competitive UK naval engineering business. Our aim is to recruit the very best talent and we welcome applications from a diverse range of people, from all backgrounds, with many different skills, experience and perspectives. We offer the flexibility you need to do what’s important to you, whether that’s job sharing, home working, or simply the ability to flex your start and stop times. Where practical, we’ll support a working pattern that suits your lifestyle and helps you reach your full potential.

We recognise that an inclusive and diverse workplace – where all employees feel respected, valued and able to achieve their full potential – is vitally important. Not only does it inspire creativity and collaboration, it’s good for business. We celebrate our differences and believe our diverse skills, abilities and perspectives strengthen our culture and our overall performance.

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified people.

Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and/or your place of birth may limit those roles that you can perform for the organisation.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we sometimes close our vacancies early. It is therefore advisable to apply as early as possible if you would like to be considered for a role with BAE Systems.