Shipfitter 1st Class

Job Description

BAE Systems is hiring Shipfitters 1st class mechanics to support the Norfolk Ship Repair facility.

Position Summary

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.

• Burning
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

• Blueprint
o Read, understand, and interpret advanced blueprints to preform task required

• Sketching
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

• Other
o Possess fabrication skills
o Set up and perform shipfitting tasks
o Knowledgeable regarding mold loft offsets and how to use

Required Skills and Education

Education Minimum: High school Diploma/GED
Minimum Relevant Experience: 5 to 8 yrs.

Practical Theory Requirements

A first class mechanic must demonstrate an advanced understanding of naval vessel compartments, number systems and related vessel terminology for the CG, DDG, and LHD ships.

Other Requirements
• Must be able to read, write and comprehend simple instructions
• Must be able to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions in written, oral or diagram form
• Must be able to calculate and understand units of measure, including fractions and decimals
• Must know how to measure using a scale and tape measure
• Must be able to wear standard PPE and use basic ship fitting tool list

This job description does not include all activities, duties or responsibilities required for this position. The key duties, responsibilities and requirements identified in this description are subject to modification by the Company (in consultation with the Union, as appropriate) at any time.

Preferred Skills and Education

Education Preferred: High School Diploma/GED
Minimum Relevant Experience: 8 to 12 yrs.

Licenses/Certifications Preferred But Not Required:
• Weld Certification
• Ultrasonic Impact Testing Treatment (UIT Treatment) - certification
• Carbon steel certification
• Passing grade on breaking test
• Certification in shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), also known as manual metal arc welding (MMA or MMAW), flux shielded arc welding or informally as stick welding (manual arc welding process that uses a consumable electrode covered with a flux to lay the weld)
• Certification in flux-cored arc welding (FCAW or FCA) (a semi-automatic or automatic arc welding process)
.• Tack Welding via the welding school
o Preferred tack welding certification
o Preferred SMAW and FCAW or FCA certifications

About BAE Systems Platforms & Services

BAE Systems is a premier global defense and security company with approximately 90,000 employees delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support and services. Platforms & Services designs, develops, produces, supports, maintains, modernizes and upgrades armored combat vehicles, wheeled vehicles, naval guns, surface ship combatants, commercial vessels, missile launchers, artillery systems, military ordnance, and protective wear and armor. Equal Opportunity Employer: Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Gender Expression


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