Edison Chouest Offshore companies



Helper Tacker

Status: Now Accepting Applications

Company: Tampa Ship

1130 McCloskey Boulevard

Tampa, FL 33605


Office: (813) 248-9310

Fax: (813) 248-9806

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


The helper tacker welds short beads at points specified by fitter or fitter foreman along overlapping or adjoining edges to hold work piece in place for final welding.

Essential Job Functions

The helper tacker:

  1. Assists fitter or fitter-welder to position, align, and fit together plates, structural shapes, piping, and elements preparatory to assembly into fabricated products.
  2. Holds, positions, and reads tape measure to assist in layout.
  3. Uses hammers, wedges, pry bars, and come-a-longs to align parts, positioning and turning clamps.
  4. Grinds or chips rough edges, surplus welds, rust, or scale, using portable grinder or air chipper.
  5. Sets up welding leads from welding machine to the proximity of where work is to be performed.
  6. Selects proper electrode or electrode wire.
  7. Tack welds in flat, horizontal, vertical, diagonal, and overhead positions, manually guiding the electrode along the weld line as specified by the fitter. The helper tacker examines the weld for proper bead size and characteristics.
  8. May mark reference lines or locations that are to be cut or drilled.
  9. May use a cutting torch to cut materials or scrap.
  10. Cleans up area – picks up scrap, sweeps, and returns all unused materials and supplies.
  11. May be required to perform roustabout work when necessary.
  12. Assists fitter in installing packing, gaskets, liners, bearings, doors, hatches, brackets, shafts, wheels, rudders, coolers, anodes, and other structural accessories. The helper tacker may use hand or power tools.
  13. May operate overhead cranes and company vehicles.

Working Conditions

Scheduled workdays cover Monday through Friday with 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 six 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, and respiratory protection are to be worn accordingly.

Essential Job Requirements

The helper tacker 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 helper tacker 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 this job 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 are in excess of those for medium work.

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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