1st Class TIG Pipe Welder


As a 1st Class Pipe Welder you will be expected to work within a team of Pipe Fitters and welders to achieve maximum production in minimum time, standards and quality in keeping with company policies, while maintaining a positive and motivated team environment.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The qualifications listed below are representative of the minimum knowledge, skill, and/or ability desired.

The individual must have working knowledge of procedures, strong mechanical aptitude and the ability to follow directions. The individual must possess experience in the trade and knowledge of ship terminology. The individual must demonstrate ability to interpret job specifications and perform work on marine vessels.

Must be able to follow directions and work with limited supervision. Also, must be willing to develop other team members’ skill level.

Key responsibilities (KPIs) include, but are not limited to:

  • Read and interpret basic drawings and weld symbols.  
  • Pass weld test for all Swift Ships weld procedures in the 6GR position  
  • Pass Swift Ships TIG weld test procedure for aluminum pipe  
  • Ability to work to Swift Ships TIG Welding standards  
  • Work to Swift Ships housekeeping procedure  
  • Inspection of work, identification of potential problems, initiation of corrective actions.  
  • Increase awareness of Quality procedures within department
  • Perform as a productive working team member that meets daily goals set by the supervisor.  
  • Continuously improve communications and flexibility within the team. 
  • Help build the team environment. 
  • Build pride of workmanship and quality through on job training. 
  • Contribute towards innovation / productivity improvements. 
  • Assist in the control of waste elimination, e.g. materials, consumables etc. 
  • Assist supervisor to maintain control of department equipment and its maintenance.  
  • Must have full set of personal tools  
  • Work towards the team goal of delivering the vessel on time. 
  • Always be ready to start shift on time
  • Follow Swift Ships guidelines and procedures
  • Do not leave job early or return late from break times
  • Ensure work area is left clean, all equipment and tools are stowed away safely and protected against damage


  • Must have in depth knowledge and experience in planning, layout, cutting, fitting, assembly and pipe welding
  • Must have six (6) years’ experience in pipe welding or related trade with a minimum of four (4) years’ experience in tungsten inert gas welding (TIG/GTAW) experience in installation, maintenance, and repair of high energy piping systems onboard marine vessels.
  • Must have thorough knowledge of pipefitting equipment, sizes and schedules
  • Must be able to rip out, repair, target, layout, fabricate, install and test marine piping systems onboard ships in various stages of repair and modernization
  • Must be able to perform pipe welding requirements to 6G
  • Must be able to create weldments, utilizing a variety of procedures, which must pass visual (VT), magnetic particle (MT), liquid penetrate (LPT), and/or radiographic inspections (RT), as appropriate
  • Must be able to fabricate mockup, targets or fixtures to increase quality and production.
  • Must be able to repair and replace ships’ piping systems such as Auxiliary Salt Water, Fire Main, Potable Water, Hydraulic, Compressed Air, Fuel Oil, Lube Oil, Engine Exhaust, and Steam.
  • Must be able to test installed systems utilizing hydrostatic or other comparable pressure testing means for system integrity after repairs or installation
  • Must be able to certify braze Grade III, IV and V filler material in all joint positions
  • Must have strong knowledge of NAVSEA/Military Standards
  • Must have strong Knowledge of Marine Blueprint reading and interpretation, with the ability to interpret sketches and drawings to develop specifications for product to be fabricated and/or installed


  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Must be able to tour all vessels and work sites.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, use hands to manipulate, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms, climb and balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to sit.

Specific physical requirements include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Must have the ability to bend, squat, stoop, crawl, and kneel.
  2. Perform prolonged standing.
  3. Ability to turn head from side to side and about the vertical axis.
  4. Lift/push/pull 50lbs on an occasional basis.
  5. Lift/push/pull up to 20lbs on a frequent basis.
  6. Must have the ability to climb in a safe manner (climbing as a minimum includes stairs, scaffolding, ladders, and ramps).
  7. Ability to work at heights above 12’ while working from ladders, scaffolding and/or man lifts.
  8. Able to work at a variety of levels (ex. waist, eye, overhead).
  9. Demonstrate the ability to safely and appropriately use required tools and equipment.
  10. Demonstrate good balance while working on uneven surfaces and maneuvering obstacles.
  11. Possess sufficient handgrip and coordination to carry and operate tools and equipment.
  12. Ability to utilize personal protective equipment (hard hat, safety glasses, steel-toes shoes, goggles, respirator, safety harness, safety line, flotation gear, etc.) safely per OSHA standards.
  13. Ability to withstand cold and hot temperatures.
  14. Ability to enter 18” x 36” openings and work in confined spaces for prolonged periods of time within OSHA guidelines.
  15. Able to respond to verbal and audible sounds/commands.
  16. Able to utilize adequate visual skills.
  17. Ability to fully extend the arm while reaching overhead, reaching out, reaching to the side and reaching down.
  18. Ability to perceive attributes of an object/material such as size, shape, temperature and texture by means of receptors in the hands and fingers.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters whole performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to humid conditions, moving mechanical parts, high precarious places, outside weather conditions, and extreme heat.  The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes and/or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and heat and cold.  The noise level in the work environment is usually very loud. PPE available and MUST be used correctly.


  • Must comply with company, federal, state, and local safety and environmental rules and regulations while performing daily job tasks.  Ability to deal with problems that may arise in certain situations.

Liaises with

  • Supervisors
  • Foremen

Additional requirement

  • US Citizenship or Certificate of Naturalization is required

What we Offer

We offer you competitive salary and benefit packages with good career development opportunities. At Swiftships, we recognize the value of every employee. Your ideas can take root among a talented team of successful leaders and high achievers – dedicated to excellence, passionate about results, and committed to impact and growth. You will find great opportunities to grow, advance your knowledge, and acquire and cultivate your skills for a bright and successful future. We are committed to creating a safe work environment where everyone is respected and valued.

Swiftships Brief

Swiftships is trusted to provide high-end solutions critical to multi-domain distributed maritime operations, well aligned with future U.S. Navy and Department of Defense modernization and readiness priorities. With experience in all aspects of engineering, shipbuilding and with the ability to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for different vessel types, Swiftships stands as a complete solution provider to the client.

Since our establishment in 1942, Swiftships was known in the market for bringing innovative and effective solutions to offer end-to-end shipbuilding, testing and delivery services for new vessels, complemented by hands-on training and vessel’s lifecycle sustainment support. Our clients book includes Navies and Maritime customers from 53 countries. Our current geographical focus is North America and AMEA, and we predominantly serve Department of Defense, Navies and Army operations, as a prime or sub.




Full Time


Morgan City, LA


1105 Levee Road, Morgan City, LA 70380


Annette Moore
Charles Chesteen