Steel Welder


As a Class Steel Welder, you will be expected to work within a team of Welders to achieve minimum production 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 individual must have working knowledge of procedures, strong welding aptitude and the ability to follow directions. The individual must possess experience in the trade, knowledge of ship terminology, ability to interpret engineering drawings. The individual must demonstrate ability to interpret job specifications and perform work on marine vessels.


  1. High level of pride in workmanship
  2. Ability to weld in uncomfortable positions where applicable
  3. Minimum of 1 year as a 2nd-Class Welder at Swiftships producing advance fillet welds or 2 years of Stick, MIG, TIG, and Flux Core welding techniques to weld various components in flat, vertical, or overhead positions
  4. Ability to pass 1st Class skills evaluation test to demonstrate welding ability for full penetration joint details
  5. Ability to demonstrate their ability to Arc Gouge.
  6. Demonstrated ability to weld fillets for material thicknesses 4mm- 25mm
  7. Demonstrated ability to weld gusset toe and wraps with minimal blending required
  8. Demonstrated ability to weld frame wraps and terminations with minimal blending required
  9. Demonstrated ability to weld T-Bar wraps and terminations with minimal blending required
  10. Demonstrated ability to weld into corners / vertical intersections with minimal blending required
  11. Demonstrated ability to evaluate and correct basic weld pick up, with minimal supervision
  12. Demonstrated ability to terminate stitch welds with minimal weld correction to address minor cosmetic or weld defects
  13. Demonstrated ability to weld continuously for 400mm
  14. Demonstrated ability to back step and sequence weld based upon provided information and/or good welding practices
  15. Demonstrated ability to weld multi-pass fillets with only cosmetic correction required
  16. Ability to take direction and follow instructions
  17. Good mechanical aptitude with ability to produce consistent quality
  18. Ability to inspect and correct basic weld pick-up without supervision
  19. Ability to read and interpret and work from construction drawings, job specifications, instruction manuals, manufacturer’s handbooks, change orders and contract specifications to obtain weld sizing information and material edge preparation requirements
  20. Ability and willingness to work with and to teach less-skilled workers
  21. Ability to maintain and perform routine preventive maintenance on welding equipment
  22. Ability to wear required PPE


  • Good listening and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Problem-solving and trouble-shooting skills
  • Excellent hand-eye coordination; good spatial orientation
  • Ability to consistently meet production deadlines


  • 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 may include but are not limited to the following:
  • Must have the ability to bend, squat, stoop, crawl, and kneel
  • Perform prolonged standing
  • Ability to turn head from side to side and about the vertical axis
  • Lift/push/pull 50lbs on an occasional basis
  • Lift/push/pull up to 20lbs on a frequent basis
  • Must have the ability to climb in a safe manner (climbing as a minimum includes stairs, scaffolding, ladders, and ramps)
  • Ability to work at heights above 12’ while working from ladders, scaffolding and/or man lifts.
  • Able to work at a variety of levels (ex. waist, eye, overhead)
  • Demonstrate the ability to safely and appropriately use required tools and equipment
  • Demonstrate good balance while working on uneven surfaces and maneuvering obstacles
  • Possess sufficient handgrip and coordination to carry and operate tools and equipment
  • 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.
  • Ability to withstand cold and hot temperatures
  • Ability to enter 18” x 36” openings and work in confined spaces for prolonged periods of time within OSHA guidelines
  • Able to respond to verbal and audible sounds/commands
  • Able to utilize adequate visual skills
  • Ability to fully extend the arm while reaching overhead, reaching out, reaching to the side and reaching down
  • 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.

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