Journeyman Welder - swing shift at Foss Maritime in Seattle, Washington

Posted in Other 6 days ago.

Job Description:


Seattle Shipyard Welder Employees are responsible for the metal fabrication and repair of steel, aluminum and other metals aboard vessels.


  • Provides a variety of skilled welding (stick welding, wire feed welding, Tig welding, carbon arc gouging) of steel and aluminum plate, shapes and pipe in the repair of/or construction of vessels and associated equipment. Responsibilities include initial set up, material preparation, welding, testing of welds upon completion and assisting fitters as required.
  • Requires set-up and use of cutting devices for aluminum plates and shapes typically including Circular Saws, Band Saws, Chop Saws, Jig Saws, Plasma cutter and cutting wheels on grinders.
  • Lays-out and fabricates steel and aluminum structural parts, such as plates, bulkheads, and frames, and braces them in position within hull of ship for welding.
  • Lays out position of parts within hull form, working from blueprints or templates and using hand tools.
  • Locates and marks reference lines, such as center, buttock and frame lines.
  • Aligns parts in relation to each other, using jacks, come-a-longs, turnbuckles, clips, wedges and mauls.
  • Marks locations of holes to be drilled and installs temporary fasteners to hold part in place for welding.
  • Installs packing, gaskets, liners, and structural accessories and members, such as doors, hatches, brackets and clips.
  • Rigs chain falls and come-a-longs.
  • May be required to travel to jobsites away from Shipyard and utilize company vehicle.
  • Able to read and comprehend drawings, blueprints & plan sheets
  • Maintain organization and housekeeping in work area and shop
  • Fork-lift operation
  • Enter and move through manholes to reach and work in internally confined spaces.
  • Transverse gangways and scaffolding at varying heights
  • Adhere to all company safety, environmental, quality assurance and security programs
  • Adhere to company policies
  • Other duties as assigned


This position generally requires 2 years strong welding experience, preferably within the maritime industry (aluminum experience preferred). Ship Fitters are required to be able to operate gas/oxygen cutting torches, plasma torch, shop machinery and must have knowledge of blueprint ready. Welders need to pass FCAW test and WABO card is helpful in gaining employment. Must be a union member in good standing, or join union upon hiring in. A physical and pre-employment drug screening are also pre-requisite of employment. Fork-lift certification required.

Working Conditions

Work is performed in a Shipyard and there may be extreme temperatures and conditions. At time you will work in areas that have less adequate ventilation. There will be heavy lifting and climbing to work in high places and confined spaces. The work can often be dirty and difficult.. May be required to work more than a normal workweek, including weekends. Travel may also be required. Regular and predictable attendance is a requirement.

Physical/Mental Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk & sit; use hands or fingers; handle or feel; talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms, climb and balance, stoop, squat, kneel, twist and crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 60 pounds and frequently lift up to 25 pounds. Employee is required to operate trucks, forklifts & man-lifts. May be required to work more than a normal workweek, including weekends. Travel may also be required.

Foss Maritime Company is an Equal Opportunity - Affirmative Action Employer and a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. We are committed to a diverse workforce and taking affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans. Foss is a drug-free employer and a participant of the E-Verify Employment Verification Program.