BAE Systems is hiring Shipfitters 1st class to support the Norfolk Ship Repair facility.
A ship fitter contributes to all structural phases of a ship’s hull construction which may include fitting, fabricating, assembly and alignment of a ship’s structure.
Key Responsibilities & Functional Knowledge
This list is representative of the key areas of responsibility and functional knowledge required of a first class ship fitter in the Plate shop. A first class mechanic must demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the skills, functional knowledge and abilities required to perform tasks in these and related areas of responsibility.
Advanced knowledge means that the mechanic understands how to perform tasks in these categories (including, but not limited to, the specific tasks identified below) and is able to complete them independently and teach others how to complete the tasks. This also means that the mechanic has the necessary level of knowledge of the equipment, protective gear, and machinery required to complete these tasks. A first class mechanic also is expected to strategize independently and problem-solve as appropriate.
o Knowledgeable regarding cutting plate jobs
o Knowledgeable regarding burning
o Knowledgeable regarding using hook up torch/light torch
• Make up Plating
o Align and fit plates
o Ensure strong backing for the plate
o Draw sketches
o Ensure the edges and surfaces were prepared properly
o Use wedge and dog to secure the alignment
o Knowledgeable regarding the following types of plating material: steel, copper nickel, aluminum, stainless steel
o Read, understand, and interpret advanced blueprints to preform task required
o Review sketches or drawings and be able to perform layouts.
• Lay Out Access Cuts and Inserts
o Read and interpret sketches to complete a layout
o Perform layout (inserts/TAOs and rip-outs)
o Create temporary access cuts to take something out of a ship or facilitate another trade to get into another compartment or a tank
o Assess finished access cutting and beveling to ensure that the layout is being executed properly
• Tank Inspecting
o Inspect a tank and document its current status
o Write a CFR to document inspections
• Assist with Testing (Tank/Rutter/Bilge Keel/Air Test Kegs/Air Test High Hats)
o Knowledgeable regarding tank testing
o Knowledgeable regarding the ISO procedures and policy on testing based on the ship type
o Blank the tank and install the blanks in accordance with the ISO procedure
o Identify test location
o Set up a test rig
• Foundation and Structural Alignment
o Install a prefabricated foundation
o Accurately pinpoint the installation location by reading sketches and drawings
o Level foundation based on requirements
o Know framing square and leveling tools
o Set the foundation either perpendicular or parallel to the baseline
o Align structures with critical dimensions
o Perform critical alignment on foundations
• Portable Plasma Arc
o Understand the process of cutting ferrous and nonferrous metals
o Rip out and installation
o Knowledgeable regarding the plasma arc machine and its uses through on the job training/reading manuals
• Mechanized Cutting Machine
o Know difference between plasma and gas operated machines
o Possess fabrication skills
o Set up and perform shipfitting tasks
o Knowledgeable regarding mold loft offsets and how to use
NOTE: The following description is a GENERAL Overview of this career and not a description of a particular job posting.
Shipfitters will layout and fabricate metal structural parts such as plates, bulkheads, and frames within the hull of a vessel for riveting or welding. Shipfitters use such tools as shears, punches, drill presses, bending rolls, bending slabs, furnaces, saws, and metal presses up to 750 tons. Also, Shipfitters will need to be proficient in the use of Oxygen Acetylene cutting procedures, and have the ability to tack weld. Typical layout work will consist of preparing plates for shearing, planning and bench planning, angles for punching and shearing, making collars, brackets for installation, furnaced plate, airports and manholes. Typical installation tasks will be deck ladders, fittings for riggings, mooring equipment ventilating equipment, oil-tight hatches, dry cargo hatches and braces, king posts and masts, engine room floor plates, engine room grating, shell castings, stern frames, anchor handling, and stem casting. Fabrication assignments may consists of plumbing a transverse bulkhead, lifting a shell frame from a vessel, construction of and/or duplicating structural parts. The Shipfitter is familiar with such equipment as hydraulic jacks and pumps, steamboat ratchets, strongbacks, yokes, dogs and wedges, pneumatic tools and chalk lines.
National Median wages (2010): $16.60 hourly, $34,530 annually
VSRA Median Wage Report: $19.07 hourly
VSRA Shipfitter Entry-level/Helper: $13.73 hourly
Most shipfitter careers require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, and/or an associate's degree. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, and/or experience is required for these occupations, particularly in the use of career-related tools and work in a marine setting.