A Shipfitter earns an average wage of $20.30 per hour.
Job Description for Shipfitter
Shipfitters are responsible for working in shipyards on the construction of large ships and ship parts. They must be able to read blueprints and diagrams in order to fabricate metal parts, such as hulls, bulkheads, and frames, and they also mark reference lines on parts and lay out positions for future welding and riveting of parts.Read More...
Shipfitters must be able to align parts in relation to each other using jacks, turnbuckles, wedges, mauls, and clips. The marking of hole locations for later drilling is also necessary, and shipfitters are expected to install temporary fasteners to hold parts in place before holes are drilled. They must have an in-depth understanding of doors, hatches, brackets, and clips and be able to install them onto ships, and the molding of nonstandard parts for fabrication is also necessary.
A high school diploma or equivalent is often a minimum requirement for this position, and three to five years of experience in a ship yard are also required. Aspiring shipfitters must be proficient in the fabrication of parts, as well as welding and riveting, and moderate physical ability is necessary to lift at least fifty pounds. Shipfitters typically work during regular weekly business hours, and little to no travel is necessary for the position.
- Set up and use torches and hand/power tools to fabricate metal structural parts.
- Modify, repair, and re-install damaged metal parts.
- Interpret blueprints to lay out parts, mark them, align, and assemble.
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