Shipfitter 1st Class

04 July 2023

REQ #: 12411

Essential Roles and Responsibilities for Shipfitter 1st Class:

  • Repairs, modifies, installs, and dismantles various shipboard hulls, bulkheads, or decks. Designs and fabricates fixtures and jigs
  • Reports directly to the Assistant Foreman/Supervisor/Production Lead
  • Understands and follows PPE Policy
  • 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, etc.
  • Ensures all tools listed on the “Required Tools List” are available for use within 2 weeks of employment
  • Ensures that all requirements of the Quality Assurance Manual are followed when invoked by QA Workbook, Work Package (WP), Work Instructions (WI) and/or other guidance given by management
  • Identifies and notifies Supervisor of unsatisfactory conditions during the production operation
  • Reads and understands complex terminology, blueprints, drawings, and schematics to plan installation
  • Fabricates and installs fixtures, jigs, supports, and targets to close tolerances ensuring finish requirements of the drawings are are achieved
  • Determines fit-up requirements for a wide range of structural components in accordance with applicable technical drawings, manuals, and instructions
  • Determines size and material requirements
  • Ensures control and assumes responsibility for Contractor (CFM) and Government (GFM) furnished materials
  • Ability to use lay-out tools such as tool scales, squares, combination squares, trammel points
  • Understands fitting of structural components using dogs, wedges, strong-backs, etc.
  • Strict adherence to safety, quality standards, good housekeeping habits, high level of critical thinking/reading
  • Possesses basic computer skills
  • Travel and overtime are required
  • Will provide mentoring to junior craftsman
  • Work outside specific trade skill as required


  • Work Experience: Minimum 5+ years of Shipfitter experience, or graduation from accredited Apprenticeship Program or Journeyman Certificate accepted in lieu of work experience
  • Understands and performs the setup, and operation of various portable tools and hand tools used in the trade including plasma cutting machines and oxy/fuel
  • Has advanced knowledge of the following: shipboard plate (hull, deck, bulkhead) systems (repair/installation practices, procedures, alignments, and material requirements), blueprint reading and interpretation, MILSPEC requirements
  • Must be able to fit structural components to tolerance requirements
  • Must have Tack and Fillet Weld qualifications (FCAW/SMAW)
  • Must have the ability to gain access to military bases and various government facilities

Fairlead Integrated, LLC. and its subsidiaries are proud to be Equal Employ Opportunity and Affirmative Action employers (Minority / Female / Disability / Veterans).