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Welding Superintendent

Victoria, BC
Full Time
3 days ago
The Welding Superintendent is responsible for management of all welding trade work at Victoria Shipyards (VSL). The position is responsible for budget, schedule, quality and safety performance of welding activities. Responsibilities include ensuring projects are appropriately manned and supervised to meet schedule and customer requirements, and all work is carried out in accordance with shipyard safety, quality, and environmental standards. The Welding Superintendent is responsible to hire, train and provide qualified welding trade workers requested by the various project and program managers. The Welding Superintendent implements welding work procedures/processes and works in conjunction with the VSL Welding Engineer to develop welding procedures and analyzes and recommends tools, equipment, jigs, and fixtures for implementation. The position provides leadership and direction for continuous process improvement in the Welding Department, and fosters an attitude of co-operation with other VSL departments.
  • Works closely with the VSL Welding Engineer to ensure welding procedures and processes meet customer requirements and are efficient and effective.
  • Manages cost, schedule, quality and safety for all Welding Department operations by monitoring budgets, providing skilled and efficient resources, ensuring workmanship meets quality standards and ensuring compliance with VSL safety procedures.
  • Manages the hiring, training and deployment of qualified welders.
  • Allocates manpower to projects in accordance project schedules and priorities, and ensures workers have the requisite skill for assigned tasks.
  • Monitors work progress with the Welding Supervisors to assess job status.
  • Provides guidance, direction and corrective action where required to ensure Company and customer expectations are met.
  • Leads process improvement and safety initiatives for the Welding Department.
  • Ensures that a strong safety culture is instilled within the Welding Department.
  • Provides input in new projects by actively participating in build & repair strategy development, project schedules and cost estimates.
  • Analyzes tools, equipment, jigs and fixtures for application to VSL operations and provides recommendations to the Steel Manager.
  • Specifies and assists Purchasing Department in procuring consumable materials for fabrication and welding processes.
  • Maintains departmental records including certifications and training records.
  • Conducts regular maintenance and safety inspections of equipment, facilities and work sites ensuring deficiencies are quickly rectified.
  • Maintains and develops ISO procedures for welding operations.
  • Ensures departmental Earned Value Management System (EVMS) reporting is timely and accurate, and supervisors are appropriately trained in system requirements.
  • Ensures compliance with applicable collective agreements and WCB regulations.
  • Improves departmental skill and productivity by liaising with supervisor in assessing skill and work habits of individual employees. Initiates training as required.
  • Maintains positive relationships with customers by communicating scope of work, progress, material and workmanship.
  • Works with disability and rehabilitation consultants in assisting injured employees return to work by selecting appropriate accommodations.

Education and Experience
  • Trade certification in Welding.
  • 8 - 10 years supervisory experience in Marine Structural welding.
  • Experience managing a large multi-discipline project driven workforce.
  • Practical Welding Experience.
  • Experience working within a unionized environment. Boilermakers Union considered an asset.
Skills and Knowledge and Required Competencies
  • Detailed knowledge of welding procedures and fitting techniques.
  • Ability to read and interpret complex technical specifications and drawings.
  • Knowledge of shipbuilding terminology, methods and procedures.
  • Demonstrated competency in development and qualification of weld procedures.
  • Excellent technical, analytical, problem solving, communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to conduct business in a professional and ethical manner.
  • Strong verbal and written skills.
  • Competent in use of Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Knowledge of certification process under the CSA Standards W47.1/W47.2M.
  • Knowledge of regulatory body rules and their application to both repair and new construction projects.
  • Ability to conduct inspections which meet SMC S.O.P. standards.
  • Knowledge of welding equipment as stated by CSA standards.

Seaspan is committed to Employment Equity, supports diversity in the workplace, and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including, women, members of visible minorities, aboriginal persons, and persons with disabilities.

Note: Unsolicited applications from recruitment agencies will not be accepted

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