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1st Class Shipfitter

Suffolk, VA
  • Over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description

Mills Marine and Ship Repair, LLC is hiring for experienced First Class Fitters for Full-Time Employment

Job Description

      • Complete lay outs using drawings and/or templates and/or by picking up and developing the geometry required from lofting floor
      • Physical assembly in prefabrication and erection on the building site of individual structural elements or prefabricated panels and three-dimensional sub-assemblies
      • Sequencing of assembly and fitting
      • Proficiency in use of tools and equipment such as: come-alongs, hydraulic jacks, wedges, dogs, speed wrenches, spiders, planes, saws, chain falls, bandsaws, turn buckles, grinders, sheers, press brakes, plate rollers, bending machines, operation of forklift to perform functions inherent to the job
      • Some minor rigging ability not normally requiring the use of overhead cranes
      • Print reading ability
      • Tack welding with stick and semi-automatic welding equipment
      • Advanced level experience with the use of cutting torches and heat torches in plate heat- straightening and shrinkage
      • Ability to provide instructions to other Fitters
      • Some working knowledge with stainless steel and aluminum
      • Advanced knowledge and full qualification with the following:
        • Brackets, Angle stiffeners, Alignment, Collars, Liners, Doublers (slot weld), Forming & Flame Shrinking, Distortion Prevention/Correction, Templating & Targeting, Lay-out & Scribing, Non-tight member inserts, Bulkhead & deck inserts, Edge preparations (butt, corner, tee lap, and edge joints; single & double: square, bevel, “V”, “J”, “U”, and flare),Shell plating inserts & renewal, Shell plating (multi-strake renewals), Tack welding (steel- SMAW & FCAW), Tack welding (aluminum- GMAW), Fracture excavation techniques
        • Water & oil stops, Joint considerations- transition and stress, Final cutting & beveling (hand torch), rat holes, scallops & compensation, shop and field fabrication for steel and aluminum
        • Burning testing, local air testing, commercial and government air testing, tank hydrostatic testing, Safe handling, use and storage of gasses, Safe work practices and PPE, Safe tank opening practices, Lock Out/Tag Out, Confined space practices, Respirator fit, Safety harness, Oil spill response, Safe welding practices (29 CFR) Hot work, Firewatch


Based On Experience


  • Burn, cut pipe, bend pipe
  • Tack weld with Carbon, Stainless Steel, Copper nickel, and Aluminum
  • Install simple systems without the use of blueprints and drawings
  • Understand functions of all systems and components
  • Understand corrosion prevention and grounding
  • Determine and apply joint and system tolerances
  • Ability to obtain a DBIDS is a PLUS
  • Have a Working knowledge with the following codes, regulations, and specifications:
    1. NAVSEA standard items, Coast Guard Standard Specifications, AWS guide for steel hull welding, AWS guide for aluminum welding
  • Have a general knowledge with:
    1. NavSea TechPub 22D- weld joint design
    2. NavSea MilStd 1689- fabrication- structural,
  • Technical training preferred
  • Knowledge of and ability to use hand tools and instruments associated with the trade
  • Must be able to work effectively with others
  • Comprehend blueprints, sketches, and templates
  • Enter and move through manholes to reach and work in internally confined spaces
  • Must be a steady, reliable worker
  • Must be able to follow simple instructions


In addition to competitive pay, we provide a benefits package that is among the best in the industry. Our comprehensive benefits encourage our employees and their families to build a lifelong relationship with Mills. Benefits are subject to employment eligibility.


  • Full-time employment
  • Paid accrued vacation time
  • Health, dental, vision insurance
  • Company paid life and accidental insurance
  • Offer additional voluntary life/disability group insurance
  • Legal Resource benefit

Mills Marine is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Prohibits Discrimination and Harassment of Any Kind: Mills Marine is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment.



Suffolk, VA
23434 USA



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