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Ship Fitter 1st Class

Company: East Coast Repair And Fabrication, LLC
Location: Newport News
Posted on: March 8, 2023

Job Description:

Newport News, VA 23607


A shipfitter with approximately 4 or more years of experience laying out, positioning, aligning, and fitting parts of structural metal products with the use of regular supervision and while always adhering to industry safety standards.


  • Positions, aligns, fits, 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 work-pieces to specifications, using squares, rulers, and measuring tapes
  • Tack-welds fitted parts together
  • Lays out and examines metal stock or work-pieces 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, or 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


  • Measures, templates, cuts, 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, 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 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 to 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 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 set up 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 firewatches, 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


    • High school diploma or GED and 4 or more years of related experience and/or training or equivalent combination of education and experience
    • Ability to gain access to military installations
    • Must be able to pass drug test and background check


    • Ability to lift 50 pounds regularly and seek help with weights over 50 pounds
    • Ability to sit and/or stand for long periods of time

      While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs/vertical ladders; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

      This is a physically demanding position and may accommodate some physical disabilities. Physical dexterity may be required when performing walk thru and inspection of job sites. In the performance of the walk thru you will be required to transverse steep stairwells, vertical ladders and bending or stooping thru tight spaces. There may be occasional lifting of materials weighing not more than 50 pounds.


      This position works on the jobsite. There is exposure to hostile environments, loud noises, hazardous chemicals/fumes and airborne particles, smoke, extreme temperatures moving mechanical parts: high, precarious places.

      During work-site visits will be required to wear appropriate PPE including, but not limited to:

      • Hard hat
      • Ear plugs or attenuator
      • Safety shoes
      • Dust mask or respirator
      • Gloves

        Job Type: Full-time


        • 401(k)
        • Dental insurance
        • Employee assistance program
        • Health insurance
        • Life insurance
        • Paid time off
        • Vision insurance


          • Monday to Friday
          • Weekend availability


            • Ship Repair & Marine: 4 years (Preferred)
            • Ship Fitting: 4 years (Preferred)
            • Blueprint Reading: 4 years (Preferred)
            • Tack Welding: 4 years (Preferred)

              Work Location: One location

Keywords: East Coast Repair And Fabrication, LLC, Newport News , Ship Fitter 1st Class, Other , Newport News, Virginia

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