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Shipfitter’s Essential Roles and Responsibilities: Reports directly to the Assistant Foreman/Supervisor/Production Lead Understands and follows PPE Lays out material utilizing drawings and blueprints prior to performing cutting/fitting operations Maintains good housekeeping practices, turning off machines when not in use, disposing of waste properly, sweeping the area Ensures all tools listed on the “Required Tools List” are available for use within 30 days of employment Acknowledging that all requirements of the Quality Assurance Manual are followed when invoked by QA Workbook Identifies and notifies Supervisor of unsatisfactory conditions during the production Fabricates and installs fixtures, jigs, supports and targets to ensure proper alignment during welding processes as directed by the Supervisor/Lead Mechanic Basic computer skills Assumes responsibility for Contractor (CFM) and Government (GFM) furnished materials Ability to use lay-out tools such as tool scales, squares, combination squares, trammel Understands fitting of structural components using dogs, wedges, strong-backs, and etc. Strict adherence to safety, quality standards, good housekeeping habits, high level of critical thinking/reading Travel and overtime are required Work outside specific trade skill as required

Category: Shipfitter

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.
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.