Edison Chouest Offshore companies




Status: Now Accepting Applications

Company: North American Shipbuilding

800 Industrial Park Road

Larose, LA 70373



The shipfitter lays out and fabricates structural parts such as plates, bulkheads, and frames, bracing them in position during construction of a 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 may 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 shears, press brakes, and drill presses.
  9. Performs incidental tasks such as transporting tools, materials, and parts. The shipfitter may use overhead cranes, drill holes, etc. and may also operate company vehicles.

Working Conditions

Scheduled workdays cover Monday through Friday. Weekends and holidays as required. Works in all kinds of weather. May be 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 6 feet, working over water, and 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

The shipfitter must

  • Be able to read and write alphabetically and numerically.
  • Be able to pass company-specified layout, cutting, and burn test.
  • 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.

Required Tool List

  1. 25′ Tape Measure
  2. (1) #2 Phillips-head Screwdriver
  3. (1) #2 Flathead Screwdriver
  4. Set of Tip Cleaners
  5. Toolbox
  6. 12″ Crescent Wrench
  7. Chalk Line
  8. 16-oz Plum Blob
  9. 2′ Level
  10. 8-1b Maul Hammer
  11. 100′ Tape
  12. 2′ Square
  13. Combination Square
  14. ΒΌ″ Center Punch
  15. Bevel Square
  16. Flashlight
  17. Ball-peen Hammer
  18. Striker
  19. Radius Marker
  20. Cutting Goggles
  21. Long-Sleeve Shirt
  22. Steel-Toe Boots
  23. 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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