Shipbuilding Careers With Great Opportunities
Naval shipping is the cornerstone of today’s global marketplace, and this translates to a wealth of career opportunities for those in the shipbuilding industry.
The list below is just a smattering of the career possibilities within the modern shipbuilding industry.
Structural fabricators are responsible for creating the various parts that make up a naval vessel. They must be able to read technical drawings and create structures based on those drawings. This requires both technical knowledge and the knowledge of various metal fabrication techniques. Structural fabricators must complete an apprenticeship program.
In a typical shipyard, riggers do all the moving of massive structures, scaffolding, and other large, heavy objects. Riggers are responsible for operating the various kinds of cranes found in a shipyard, which requires certifications that must be renewed regularly.
Riggers must have strong communication skills. Often, they use hand gestures and symbols to communicate during noisy lifting and moving operations. Riggers must go through an apprenticeship program before being hired.
Despite the fact that shipbuilding has advanced considerably from the days of wood being used to build a ship's hull, carpenters are still an essential role. Shipyard carpenters build the critical structures necessary for dry-docking and ship launching; called dock blocks and keel blocks.
In some shipyards, carpenters create wooden templates for hulls, which are essential for bending metal into the necessary shape. Carpenters also may also create templates for the conical sections found in hull openings known as sea pipes.
Quality Control Inspector
Quality control inspectors in a shipyard perform non-destructive tests on various parts of a ship and inspect major structures after their installation. They must be able to refer to technical drawings when examining structures and fittings.
These professionals are some of the most experienced and educated in a shipyard.
As in other industries, shipbuilding supervisors oversee various processes and the workers who perform them. In a typical shipyard, each workshop level department has its own a supervisor. For instance, a hull supervisor would oversee the structural integrity of the ships being constructed. If a shipyard usually builds several ships at once, there may be several hull supervisor positions in that shipyard.
Similarly, there are supervisor positions rigging, carpentry, quality control and so on. Generally, experienced shipyard personnel are promoted into a respective supervisor position.
Usually not directly employed by a shipyard, marine surveyors are hired to certify the planning and construction of a ship. Surveyors must certify each stage of a ship’s construction. They must be able to reference technical drawings to make certain that the ship's construction is properly following its design. Surveyors are highly trained professionals and must keep abreast of the latest marine design and construction techniques.
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