Marine Pipefitter Apprentice

Lauren Watts

My favourite part of the job:

Seeing the finished product – a brand new ship – sailing away is definitely the best part of my job, knowing that deep inside it the pipes that I made, installed and tested are busy keeping the ship’s systems alive. 

Most challenging thing I’ve ever done:

Preparing a new ship for sea trials has been my biggest challenge. It was hard work, with tight deadlines for my team to get it finished. Apprentice working on a pipe

My Typical Day

I’m half way through my four-year apprenticeship to become a marine pipefitter. I spend my days fabricating, installing and testing pipe systems on new offshore patrol vessels.

Each day gives me different opportunities to learn the skills I need. Every morning, I’m given a new task to do at our team meeting. Lauren It’s all part of my rounded education during my apprenticeship with Babcock, including earning the qualifications I need to move to the next level.

My role gives me the challenge of installing complex pipe systems, the reward of learning new skills, and the satisfaction of knowing I’m building a career in a fast-paced engineering environment.

I’ve also worked on steel structures for the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers. And as part of a community project I’ve helped build water tanks for a heritage steam railway.