Shipfitter 1st Class

10 May 2024

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

Primary work location:  201 Wavy Street, Portsmouth, VA

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