Edison Chouest Offshore companies




Status: Now Accepting Applications

Company: North American Shipbuilding

800 Industrial Park Road

Larose, LA 70373


Contact by email only. Pre-approval is required for on-site interviews.


The shipfitter lays out and fabricates structural parts such as plates, bulkheads, and frames, and braces them in position during construction of vessel or ship for welding. The shipfitter lays out and cuts parts for assembly working from blueprints, templates, or oral instructions. Cutting is done primarily with a hand torch, but the shipfitter can also use a metal saw, metal shear, or plasma cutter. Parts for assembly can also come pre-cut.

Essential Job Functions

The shipfitter:

  1. Locates and marks reference lines, such as center and frame lines.
  2. Aligns parts in relation to each other, using jacks, come-a-longs, clamps, clips, wedges, and mauls.
  3. Marks locations for holes that are to be drilled.
  4. Installs packing, gaskets, liners, bearings, and other structural accessories, such as doors, hatches, brackets, shafts, wheels, rudders, coolers, anodes, and bumper systems.
  5. May tack weld clips or brackets in place prior to completion of work.
  6. Removes and realigns engines and transmissions in marine vessels.
  7. May use portable power tools such as grinders, chippers, drills, saws, sanders, etc.
  8. May roll, bend, flange, cut and shape plates, beams, and other heavy metal parts using shop machinery, such as plate rolls, metal shear, press brake, and drill press.
  9. Performs incidental tasks such as transporting tools, materials, and parts. Uses overhead cranes, drill holes, etc. May also operate company vehicles.

Working Conditions

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

Essential Job Requirements

At least 5+ years of shipyard experience is preferred.

Education and Vocation

  • Must be able to read and write alphabetically and numerically.
  • Must be able to pass company-specified layout, cutting, and burn test.
  • Must be able to provide verifiable references of past work history.

Physical Requirements

The shipfitter 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.

This position is classified as heavy work exerting 50 to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 25 to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or 10 to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects. Physical demand requirements exceed those for medium work.


  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Long-term disability
  • 401(k)
  • Company-paid short-term disability

EOE AA M/F/VET/Disability

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