Boat Building Course.


Boat Building Courses: (Courses in Melbourne, Victoria & Northern Territory & QUEENSLAND)

We run Aluminium Welding and Boat Building courses at least 8 times per year. The courses are run at our premesis, and are scheduled as weekly intensive courses. For the past 19+ years, the courses have been held in Melbourne, Australia, and we have had people attend from around Australia and overseas including America, France, Brazil, Columbia, New Zealand, Canada, Alaska, Korea, etc.. The course is popular and are often booked out many months in advance. From 2022, we are also holding courses at our Queensland premesis, close to Hervey Bay, also in Berrimah in Darwin

The courses are designed to teach the latest techniques in Pulse MIG welding of aluminium using the worlds most advanced welding equipment. The course covers aluminium welding, and the boat building techniques required to build a boat.
In 2005, we started teaching the courses at the local Tafe college, but since 2007, we have run all our courses at our main boatbuilding facility in Melbourne. In the course, we cover welder types, MIG, pulse MIG, and MIG welders fitted with different types of guns, normal, snake, (long push type guns), and push pull guns. We have many different brands of welders that students can use, these include Cebora, Fimer, Fronius, CEA, Unimig and Others. We use both single phase welders, (240V), and also 3 phase welders, (415V) in the course. The course also covers the setting up a welder for aluminium, the items you have to change to run aluminium in a convential MIG welder that has previously been setup for steel. We cover items such as teflon liners, "U" groove rollers, MIG gun types, wire types, brands and other important information required for users who may consider building a plate alloy boat.

At the course you will learn basic MIG welding techniques with aluminium, using these different welders. The course covers all aspects of the welding and weld and edge finishing, typical on a Plate Alloy boat. After students get the basics of the welding, we cut a boat kit, and together with the students, we build a boat. We capture the pictorial build sequence and the students are given a copy of the USB, in addition to a manual of the build of the vessel and other information regarding welding and boatbuilding.

If you would like information on the course, or would like to discuss an on-site course, call John on (03) 9555 6399.
The course dates are posted below. Note: There is a maximum of 8-10 students in each class.
These courses are very popular, and if you are interested, please
email us and book in to one of the courses listed.

Course content, (typical):

  • Induction to Safe Workplace / OH&S & Mig Welder types
  • Welding, fillet, butt and corner to corner welds using different welders & techniques
  • Trim boat parts & start boat assembly
  • Boat kit assembly tips and tricks
  • Sanding and finishing aluminium
  • Continue / Finish Boat Kit assembly

2024 Welding and Boatbuilding Course Dates - Availability Updated on 18/10/2023

Courses are held in Northern Territory, Queensland, and Victoria

Dates for TIG Course are listed in QUEENSLAND, (October 2024). Book now to avoid missing out.

2024 Course dates are listed below, (All 2023 Course dates are full).


#78- Feb, 2024
N.T Intensive Week
5th - 16th February


#82 - July 2024
QLD Intensive Week
22nd - 26th July


#79 - March, 2024
VIC Intensive Week
18th-22nd March


#83 - August 2024
N.T Intensive Week
19th - 23rd August


#80 - May, 2024
QLD Intensive Week
6th -10th May


#84 - October 2024
QLD Intensive Week
TIG Level 1

14th - 18th October

#81 - June 2024
QLD Intensive Week
17th - 21st June


#85 - October 2024
QLD Intensive Week
TIG Level 2

21st - 25th October

We have been running these courses for 19+ years - We currently schedule 8+ courses per year

We also donate time to teach these valuable skills in Indigenous Communities, and Schools in Remote Eastern Arnhemland.

Some photos of boats built with students at our courses

Below: Course Boat purchased by Cindie, our first female attendee, She did the fit out, is on the water and is a proud boatowner. Cindie even took us fishing!

"CLICK" on the pictures below to read Cindies' Boat Building story as published in a boating club magazine

(c) Plate Alloy Australia - 1994 - 2023

Last Modified: 09-2023