Edison Chouest Offshore companies




Status: Now Accepting Applications

Company: North American Shipbuilding

800 Industrial Park Road

Larose, LA 70373



The pipefitter lays out, fabricates, installs, maintains, and repairs piping systems on ships and vessels or other work that is to be done in shipyard facility, or that is related to shipyard operations.

Essential Job Functions

The pipefitter

  1. Plans layout of piping for fuel delivery, oil lines, and hydraulic, pneumatic, cooling, heating, water, fire systems, following blueprints, templates, or oral instructions from supervisor.
  2. Measures and cuts pipe to specified length. Cuts access holes in bulkheads, walls, shell plates, structural members, and decks for installation.
  3. Makes cuts primarily with a hand torch, but may also use shop machines to cut and thread pipe and fittings.
  4. Bends pipe or tubing to achieve specified shape for conformity to piping plan using a pipe bender or by placing it in a jig and heating it to obtain the proper dimensions.
  5. Bolts or tack welds hanger brackets to support system.
  6. Connects pipe to fixtures by using screw-type fittings, soldering, tack welding, or by bolting flanges using hand wrenches or power tools.
  7. Aligns parts such as flanges, valves, and piping in relation to each other using jacks, come-a-longs, clamps, clips, wedges, and mauls.
  8. Marks and drills locations for holes.
  9. May be assisted by tacker to tack weld clips, hangers, brackets, or pipe into place prior to final welding.
  10. May use portable power tools such as grinders, chippers, drills, sanders, etc.
  11. Will bevel pipe using a hand torch or pipe-beveling machine.
  12. May test installed systems to ensure that systems meet specifications using hydrostatic or air-supplied testing techniques.
  13. Must be able to perform basic shipfitting duties if needed.
  14. May repair, pack, or adjust valves.
  15. May perform other tasks, including transporting tools, materials, supplies, and parts. The pipefitter may also use overhead cranes and operate company vehicles.

Working Conditions

Scheduled workdays cover Monday through Friday. Weekends and holidays as required. Works in all kinds of weather. Subject to both inside and outside environmental conditions. May be required to perform work at a remote location other than at shipyard facility. Subject to ultraviolet light, electrical hazards, vibration, noise, and a variety of other physical conditions, such as the proximity to moving mechanical parts, working at heights greater than six feet, and working over water. May be required to work alone and in confined spaces. Subject to very dramatic temperature changes. Also present are fumes, smoke, dust, gases, chemicals, and hydrocarbons. Protective clothing, hearing and eye protection, hard hats, safety shoes or boots, and respiratory protection are all to be worn accordingly.

Essential Job Requirements

The pipefitter must

  • Be able to read and write alphabetically and numerically.
  • Be able to pass company-specified performance or standards test.
  • Have attended vocational school, technical school, or high school or have completed commercial, shop, technical, or on-the-job training.
  • Be able to provide verifiable references of past work history.

Physical Requirements

The pipefitter position requires repetitive sequences that require balancing, climbing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, finger manipulation, grasping, feeling, seeing, hearing, speaking and an acute sense of smell.

The U.S. Dept. of Labor classifies the physical requirements that are associated with this job as being that of medium work – exerting 20 to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 10 to 25 pounds of force frequently, and/or greater than negligible up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects. Physical demand requirements are in excess of those for light work.

Required Tool List

  1. (2) 18″ Pipe Wrenches
  2. (1) 14″ Pipe Wrench
  3. (2) 15/16″ Open-End Wrenches
  4. Set of Tip Cleaners
  5. Toolbox
  6. Chalk Line
  7. Flashlight
  8. 9/16″ Wrench (Box Open End)
  9. ½″ Wrench (Box Open End)
  10. (1) #3 Phillips-head Screwdriver
  11. (1) #3 Flathead Screwdriver
  12. 12″ Crescent Wrench
  13. Torpedo Level
  14. 25′ Tape Measure
  15. Ball-peen Hammer
  16. ¼″ Center Punch
  17. Wrap Around
  18. 2′ Square
  19. Strikes
  20. (1) 1/8″ Wrench (Box Open End)
  21. Cutting Goggles
  22. Long-Sleeve Shirt
  23. Steel-Toe Boots
  24. Work Gloves

The Edison Chouest Offshore family of companies is committed to ensuring all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other characteristic protected by law with regard to any employment practices. We are dedicated to ensuring all employees are treated with the utmost level of respect as we believe this is the strongest foundation to build upon to foster an environment where employees feel comfortable handling their assignments, sharing their ideas, and pointing out opportunities for improvement.

ECO offers competitive pay and a comprehensive benefits package including a 401(k) match.

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