Welding Supervisor, Lead Mechanic

Job Locations US-VA-Norfolk
Posted Date 6 days ago(2/15/2018 2:03 PM)
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Compensation & Benefits

Position compensation is based on experience.

Our benefits include:

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • 401K
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Legal Services
  • Annual performance evaluations and service pay increases
  • On-site Human Resources
  • On-site gym
  • Free and close proximity parking
  • Associate perks/gifts 


Colonna's Shipyard is looking to obtain experienced candidates within our Steel America division.

We are pleased to accept resumes for Welding Supervisors / Lead Mechanic Supervisors.

This is a full-time position with competitive pay, based on experience, and immediate work in Norfolk, VA. This position requires ability to access government bases.


  • Provides and maintains adequate instructions such as turnover reports, availability of WPSs and Technique Sheets to shop personnel and field crews, and safety/security instructions.
  • Supervisors job performance of shift or field welders; coordinates with Resource Managers and other supervisor to assign welding tasks based on welder skills to optimize productivity; reports production accomplishments, level of quality and readiness of welds, back gouges, weld repairs, etc. for QA inspection at turnover
  • Identifies the training and qualifications required to achieve the best mix of capabilities of supervised welders;  coordinates training and testing with Weld Resource Manager
  • Trains personnel on welding safety requirements; maintains a safe work environment and enforces safe work and environmental compliance practices on the job 
  • Ensures quality of welds meet Code requirements as defined in job drawings, specifications, and procedures
  • Produces or ensures production of welding-related documentation, such as welder signature on welds or welder identification on weld maps, as defined in job drawings, specifications, and procedures
  • Ensures the correct application of welding procedures, materials, personnel and equipment as defined in job drawings, specifications, and procedures
  • Controls welders, including subcontracted labor or services, to support schedule with optimum efficiency
  • Ensures weld machines (including cabling, power sources/hookups, weld torches, etc) used for the job are adequately maintained and calibrated, properly installed, and properly laid out for safety and for highest productivity
  • Enforces compliance with consumable storage and issue/control/traceability requirements as defined in job drawings, specifications, and procedures
  • Ensures safety equipment (PPE, harnesses, scaffolding, etc.) is sufficient, adequate, and maintained for the job and that all workers and site visitors are using required PPE and safety equipment
  • Controls correct application of weld procedures, for example, by assuring welders know and apply proper joint fit-up and cleanliness, pre-heat, weld sequence, heat input, interbead cleaning, cleaning and contouring for subsequent NDE, and so on.
  • Supervises welding procedure testing and welder qualification practice and testing as directed
  • Ensures that parent materials and weld consumables meet specifications as defined in job drawings, specifications, and procedures
  • Performs quality checks of pre-fabricated parts or sub-assemblies (dimensions, joint preparations) so it meets specifications as defined in job drawings, specifications, and procedures
  • Ensures that all welding accomplished under his supervision meets specified requirements and workmanship standards BEFORE QA inspection is initiated by ensuring welders inspect and sign their welds and by conducting “Tier 1” oversight inspections prior to end of shift
  • Ensures all welding inspection (e.g. NDT) tasks are performed on completed welds or weld repairs and ensures no further work is allowed on finished (accepted) welds.
  • Directs simple base metal and weld repairs as indicated by QA; requests written process instruction for complicated, technically risky, or multi-shift repairs
  • Records documentation such as weld map entries, process sheet entries, Inspection Log entries, and so on as defined in job drawings, specifications, and procedures
  • Complete standard dimensional computations/ Devise bracing and weld sequencing steps to maintain tolerances and minimizing distortions
  • Whenever possible and as directed, produces FCAW and SMAW welds (2nd Class or better)
  • Prepare time or job cards, reports, or records
  • Other duties as assigned



  • 3+ years of shipyard or heavy fabrication/industrial experience
  • Must have working knowledge of welding codes:  AWS, ASME, MIL-STD, AISC, and ABS.
  • Must be able to multi-task and manage multiple projects
  • Expertise in welding techniques, tools, and equipment
  • Comprehends blueprints, sketches, and templates
  • Strong communication skills both orally and verbally
  • Qualified Level I VT or AWS CWI preferred
  • Must be available to work overtime
  • Must be able to work 1st or 2nd shift depending on the workload
  • Must pass a SMAW and FCAW weld test


The following tools are expected to be part of the Weld Supervisor’s, employee-provided and maintained toolbox:

  • Face shield & stinger
  • Welding gauges
  • Wire brush
  • Gloves & flashlight
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Crescent wrenches
  • Alan wrenches
  • Chipping hammer
  • Quiver (electrode)



AWS Certified Weld Supervisor or Senior Weld Supervisor OR Meets criteria of a 2nd Class Welder preferred; 3rd Class welder minimum with supervisory experience and the following:

  • Comprehensive, broad knowledge of welding techniques, tools, machines and equipment
  • Expert knowledge of and ability to use hand tools and instruments associated with the trade
  • Must be able to work effectively with others; training and supervisory experience preferred
  • Proficient reading all types of blueprints and weld symbols, drawing dimensions/ tolerances, complex shapes and weld joints;  build plans, sequencing, welding tools, jigs & fixtures, platforms/staging and work instructions to control distortion, reduce welder fatigue and improve quality-adjusted productivity
  • Enter and move through manholes, climb ladders, or both to reach and work inside confined spaces
  • Hands on experience with heavy metal/steel welding procedures in all positions
  • Basic mechanical knowledge and skills
  • Able to comprehend and follow instructions and give instructions
  • Experienced with performing visual inspections of welds and fit-ups or AWS CWI/ASNT Level I VT certified (preferred)
  • Familiar with different forms of weld NDT and how specified NDT impacts selection and execution of weld processes
  • Must pass J-1 vision test and respirator fit test



To perform this job successfully, an individual must perform the essential job duties satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodation and without posing a direct threat to the safety or health of employee or others. Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



Exposure to extreme weather conditions, dust, dirt, fumes, gases, smoke, and confined spaces are to be expected.


* The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all inclusive. They represent typical elements of criteria necessary to successfully perform the job. Colonna’s Shipyard, Inc. is an at will employer.

Weld Supervisor must qualify and maintain certifications as follows:

  • Safe handling, use, and storage of gasses
  • Safe work practices
  • Safety harness
  • Safe welding practices (29 CFR 1915)
  • Hot work and Firewatch
  • Structural (AWS or ABS/MIL) and at least one Pipe welding WPQs
    • SMAW and FCAW  in Mild steel, High Strength CS (EH 36), or HY/HSLA 80 or 100
    • SAW or GMAW in Steel
    • Any process, including weld overlay cladding, in stainless steel or nickel-based alloys and either aluminum alloys, copper-based alloys, or titanium alloys
  • Welder Workmanship Training
  • Consistently produce craftsmanlike amount of
    • Groove welds exhibiting no more than 5% volumetric defects and no more than 2.5% surface defects requiring rework
    • ¼-inch single-pass fillets and multipass fillets in all positions exhibiting no more than 2.5% surface defects requiring rework
    • 5/16-inch single-pass fillets in F, H, and V positions exhibiting no more than 2.5% surface defects requiring rework
    • Air-arc and plasma arc backgouges, cutting, and weld preparation of steel
    • Welds (structural and pipe) and weld repairs in confined or restricted-access work spaces
    • Devise, cut and install strong-backs or bracing, stagger welds, or both sufficient to control weld distortion independently


Weld Supervisor must demonstrate thorough knowledge of and compliance with with:

  • Blue print reading including fluency in reading and interpreting AWS and MIL-STD-22 weld symbols and surface finish requirements
  • CSI work instructions which may include:
    • Lock-out / Tag-out
    • Confined space practices
    • Oil spill response
    • Safe tank opening practices
  • All aspects of a WPS including preheat or post-weld heat treatment requirements for different base metals and thicknesses, how to adjust machine settings/travel speed to make single-pass fillets up to 5/16-inch in any position, comply with heat input restrictions, and so on.
  • Chemist and Competent Persons reports
  • Various government and commercial fabrication codes or standards, which may include
    • Vessel repair specifications
    • NAVSEA Standard Items/Technical Publication “TP248”
    • Coast Guard Standard Specifications
    • AWS Codes including D1.1, D1.2 and D1.6 minimum
    • ABS Rules
    • AISC Standards
  • Basic weld metallurgy and arc physics



• Pride
• Truth
• Family

These are our CORE VALUES and the guidelines that make us a leader in our industry. We are pleased and confident in stating that our skilled employees are among the most respected experts in the ship repair industry.

All resumes are reviewed immediately for consideration.
Colonna’s Shipyard and our affiliates are pleased to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.



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