Norfolk, VA

Job Details.
The Shipfitter must possess knowledge, skills, and abilities sufficient to assemble, modify, layout, fabricate, repair, and install plates, shapes, and/or pipe to be used to form a part of a structural assembly in connection with ship alteration and repair.

Shipfitters with 3 or more years of experience laying out, positioning, aligning, and fitting parts of structural metal products with the use of regular supervision while always adhering to industry safety standards.

Essential Functions:

  • Positions align, fit, and welds parts to form complete units or subunits, following blueprints and layout specifications, and using jigs, welding torches, and hand tools.
  • Verifies conformance of workpieces to specifications, using squares, rulers, and measuring tapes.
  • Tack-welds fitted parts together.
  • Lays out and examines metal stock or workpieces to be processed to ensure that specifications are met.
  • Aligns and fits parts according to specifications, using jacks, turnbuckles, wedges, drift pins, pry bars, and hammers.
  • Locates and marks work-piece bending and cutting lines, allowing for stock thickness, machine and welding shrinkage, and other component specifications.
  • Positions or tightens braces, jacks, clamps, ropes, bolt straps, or bolt parts in position for welding or riveting.
  • Studies engineering drawings and blueprints to determine materials requirements and task sequences.
  • Moves parts into position, manually or with hoists or cranes.
  • Sets up and operates fabricating machines, such as brakes, rolls, shears, flame cutters, grinders, and drill presses, to bend, cut, form, punch, drill, or otherwise form and assemble metal components.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
  • Measures, templates, cuts, and grinds components for foundations and other structural members.
  • Efficient use of material to prevent waste.
  • Advanced use of cutting equipment (Plasma Cutter and Oxy/Fuel Torch).
  • Advanced reading, and interpreting of blueprints (successful identification of material types, parts, references, applicable views/details).
  • Advanced use of temporary attachments.
  • Advanced understanding of weld joint design (full and partial penetration welds, chamfers, and bevels).
  • Advanced skill in the installation and removal of fasteners and rivets.
  • Correctly identifies base material types and thicknesses.
  • Advanced level tack welder in common shipboard positions (overhead, vertical, horizontal).
  • Intermediate tack welding in uncommon/ limited access positions (mirror, confined, heavy interferences)
  • Expert with an Advanced understanding of fitting operations (coping, straightening, carbon arcing).
  • Advanced knowledge of Erect and Set principles (identification/use of extra material, set to lines, etc.)
  • Advanced understanding of material fabrication.
  • Recognizes tooling needs (Which tool to use for which application).
  • Able to solve job issues without the need for Supervisory approval.
  • Ability to read fit-up/alignments measuring devices (rulers/tape, levels, bobs, squares, etc.)
  • Advanced use of power tools (grinders, reciprocating saws, drills, etc.)
  • Advanced use of hand tools (hammers, punches, clamps, etc.)
  • Correct setup of tools prior to use (running lines, drop tests, etc.)
  • Knowledge of power tool safety, (correctly identifying kick direction and pinch points).
  • Advanced use of positioning equipment (dogs/wedges, rams, saddles).
  • Advanced knowledge of shipbuilding standards (009-12, W1689).
  • Advanced knowledge of inspection standards (009-25, 009-06).
  • Adheres to fire safety principles (hot work tickets, positioning fire watches, 35’ rule, etc.)
  • Ability to instruct others to navigate onboard vessels to find work areas/backsides of work areas.
  • Advanced knowledge of industry safety standards/training.
  • Adheres to industry safety standards.
  • Requires occasional supervision to accomplish work.

Company Information

Tidewater Staffing Offers:

  • Weekly Pay
  • Full-Time Employment
  • Insurance Benefits
  • Referral Bonus Program
  • Temp-to-Hire Job Opportunities
  • Free Training Programs
  • Direct Deposit | Money Network Cards
Tidewater Staffing is an Equal Opportunity Employer*

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