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Working As A Ship Fitter

  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • $38,150

    Average Salary

What Does A Ship Fitter Do At National Oilwell Varco

* Pulls, pushes, or pry steel components into approximate position while member is supported by hoisting device.
* Forces components in to final position, using crowbars, jacks and hand tools.
* Verifies vertical and horizontal alignment of components using cutting torch.
* Cuts steel components to make alterations using cutting torch.
* May repair products by dismantling, straightening, reshaping, and reassembling parts using cutting torch and tools.
* Lay out, fabricate, assemble and install piping and piping systems.
* Plan and coordinate daily work with limited supervision.
* Perform other work related task as required as assigned.
* Comply with all NOV Company and HSE procedures and policies
* Facility Specific Responsibilities:
* Perform fabrication assembly per print.
* Communicate weld size and location on a fabricated product.
* Insure all jobs meet NOV Quality

What Does A Ship Fitter Do At Schuff International

* Receives instructions, prints, sketches and work orders.
* Reads and interprets blueprints and plans the fitting operation.
* Directs and assists in handling and spreading of material, assembling material into required relationships according to detail drawings; handling and placing detail material in assembly, placing bolts, drift pins and other fastening deceives in proper locations.
* Lays out work lines or fits up jigs for positioning material when required; checks, squares, and scribes all detail connections.
* Responsible for work conforming to drawings and notes thereon.
* Cleans up material by grinding or chipping.
* Burns and tack welds for assembly purposes.
* Burns, copes and bevels and straightens material.
* Does minor layout.
* Spot paints for identification marks.
* Maintain clean and organized work area.
* Other duties may be assigned

What Does A Ship Fitter Do At Tradesmen International, Inc.

* Selecting type and size of pipe and related materials according to job specifications, knowledge of system operation, and study of building plans / working drawings
* Planning sequence of installation to avoid obstructions and cutting pipe
* Threading and ending pipe by hand or with pipe bending machine
* Assembling and joining piping by means of threaded, chalked, wiped, soldered, brazed fused, or cemented joints
* Securing pipes to structure with clamps, brackets, and hangers, using hand tools
* Testing piping systems for leaks by increasing pressure in pipes and observing gauges

What Does A Ship Fitter Do At Ralph Lauren

* People
* Must be familiar with all alterations prices and relay pricing to sales professional during the fitting process
* Customer
* Ensure customers are provided with a pleasant and thorough fitting when alterations are necessary partnering with sales professionals.
* Maintain a flexible schedule should a customer need to come in outside of business hours for a fitting
* Product
* Ensure all merchandise altered in shop is held to Ralph Lauren standards.
* Responsible for accurate markings on the garment to ensure garment is altered properly
* Business Objectives
* Ensure markings are clear and concise for execution.
* Partner with Alterations Manager before altering a garment that does not display the proper receipts and alterations fees collected.
* Ensure that all productivity standards are being met in accordance with company

What Does A Ship Fitter Do At CMI Roadbuilding Inc.

Work as an individual or as part of a team in the mechanical assembly of new plant and equipmentCombination of strong technical and practical skills, as well as good eye-hand coordinationMust effectively and safely use hand toolsThe ability to read and understand engineering diagrams and technical manualstroubleshooting skills are essential to diagnose faults in machines and equipmentInvolves lifting heavy equipmentWork on a range of mechanical and hydraulic machinery and equipmentPerform schedule preventive maintenance checks on plant and machineryQualifications include the following:High school diploma/GED requiredYears of work experience in a similar warehouse of shop environment preferredGood written and oral communication skillsMathematics skillsDetail oriented, demonstrated high level of accuracy and to work safelyTechnical aptitudeAptitude for mechanics and electronicsEnjoy problem solvingAnalytical thinkingAble to do precise and detailed workSkills in using heavy power toolsAn Equal Opportunity Employer / Affirmative ActionEmployer

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How To Become A Ship Fitter

A high school diploma or equivalent combined with technical and on-the-job training is typically required to become a welder, cutter, solderer, or brazer.

Education & Training

A high school diploma or equivalent combined with technical and on-the-job training is typically required to become a welder, cutter, solderer, or brazer. High school technical education courses and postsecondary institutions, such as vocational–technical institutes, community colleges, and private welding, soldering, and brazing schools offer formal technical training. In addition, the U.S. Armed Forces operate welding and soldering schools.

Courses in blueprint reading, shop mathematics, mechanical drawing, physics, chemistry, and metallurgy are helpful.

An understanding of electricity also is helpful, and knowledge of computers is gaining importance as welding, soldering, and brazing machine operators become more responsible for programming robots and other computer-controlled machines.

Although numerous employers are willing to hire inexperienced entry-level workers and train them on the job, many prefer to hire workers who have been through training or credentialing programs. Even entry-level workers with formal technical training still receive several months of on-the-job training.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Courses leading to certification are offered at many welding schools. For example, the American Welding Society offers the Certified Welder and Certified Welding Fabricator designations.

Some welding positions require general certification in welding or certification in specific skills, such as Certified Welding Inspector or Certified Robotic Arc Welding.

The Institute for Printed Circuits offers certification and training in soldering. In industries such as aerospace and defense, which need highly skilled workers, many employers require these certifications. Certification can show mastery of lead-free soldering techniques, which are important to many employers.

Some employers pay the cost of training and testing for employees.

Important Qualities

Detail oriented. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers perform precision work, often with straight edges and minimal flaws. The ability to see details and characteristics of the joint and detect changes in molten metal flows requires good eyesight and attention to detail.

Manual dexterity. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers must have a steady hand to hold a torch in one place. Workers must also have good hand-eye coordination.

Physical stamina. The ability to endure long periods of standing or repetitious movements is important for welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers.

Physical strength. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers must be in good physical condition. They often must lift heavy pieces of metal and move welding or cutting equipment, and sometimes bend, stoop, or reach while working.

Spatial-orientation skills. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers must be able to read, understand, and interpret two- and three-dimensional diagrams in order to fit metal products correctly.

Technical skills. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers must be able to operate manual or semiautomatic welding equipment to fuse metal segments.

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Russian

  • Italian

  • Carrier

  • Bulgarian

  • Filipino

  • Hungarian

  • Ukrainian

  • German

  • Shona

  • Japanese

  • French

  • Fijian

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  • Dakota

  • Polish

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Top Ship Fitter Skills

  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Layout Specifications
  3. Hand Tools
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Heated, formed and dressed metal parts with hand tools, torch and arc welding equipment.
  • Job Duties: Installing bulk heads, building hulls on navy ships, burning penetrations in bulk heads and decks etc.
  • Turn valves to direct flow of coolant against cutting wheels and work pieces during grinding.
  • Utilized various hand tools, plasma cutters, welding techniques and pneumatic devices.
  • Performed MIG welding on mild steel and stainless steel including plate, pipe and screen.

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