Shipfitter 1st Class

15 June 2024


Repairs, modifies, installs, and dismantles various shipboard hulls, bulkheads, or decks. Designs and fabricates complex fixtures and jigs.

Essential Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Reports directly to the Assistant Foreman/Supervisor
  • Reads and understands PPE Policy
  • Ensures that all Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE) are worn and that all damaged PPE is discarded
  • Reads and interprets blueprints to plan setup and operation of shop equipment prior to commencing the operations
  • Lays out material prior to performing cutting/fitting operations to prevent possible errors
  • Fabricates parts to close tolerances ensuring finish requirements of the drawings are achieved
  • 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 two 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
  • Follows detailed repair procedures and instructions (e.g., QA packages steps, RECs, CWPs, FWPs, TGIs etc.) required completing the production operations
  • Notifies Foreman of unsatisfactory condition(s) identified during the production operation (i.e., repair, modification, etc.)
  • Reads and understands complex terminology, blueprints, drawings, and schematics to plan installation, modification, or repair prior to commencing the process
  • Fabricates and installs fixtures, jigs, supports and targets to ensure proper alignment during welding processes
  • Determines fit-up requirements for a wide range of structural components in accordance with required technical drawings, manuals, and instructions
  • Installs complex deck, hull, and bulkhead systems IAW required technical drawings, manuals, and instructions
  • Designs, fabricates, and installs complex fixtures, jigs and targets to ensure proper alignment during welding/ brazing procedures
  • Determines size and material requirements for system modification or installation
  • Ensures control and assumes responsibility for contractor and Government furnished materials
  • 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 is required
  • Will provide mentoring to junior craftsman


  • High School/GED with Apprenticeship Diploma and additional vocational courses or technical school graduate; and/or military and/or civilian experience with Shipfitting practices in a repair department or shipyard
  • Knowledge and practical skills tests required
  • 8+ years of experience as a shipfitter
  • Understands and performs the setup, alignment, and operation of various portable tools and hand tools used in the trade including plasma cutting machines and oxy/fuel torches
  • Ability to read a ruler/tape measure
  • Ability to use lay-out tools such as tool scales, squares, combination squares, trammel points
  • Ability to properly prepare structural components for post assembly welding by performing end preparations such as beveling, grinding, etc.
  • Must be able to understand and perform the set-up, alignment, and operation of various portable tools and hand tools used in the trade including plasma cutting machines and oxy/fuel torches
  • Has more 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
  • Understands fitting of structural components using dogs, wedges, strong-backs, etc.
  • Must be able to fit structural components to close tolerance requirements to prevent increased welding to bridge gaps
  • Ability to fabricate and install components as directed by Technical Work documents
  • Ability to fabricate molds/templates for structural forming including plate rolling with multiple offsets
  • Must have Welding qualifications (GTAW/SMAW)
  • Must have the ability to gain access to military bases and various government facilities
  • Ability to read, write, speak, and comprehend English

Primary work location is 99 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA.

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