• 2nd Class Blaster - 3rd Shift - Main Yard

    Job Locations US-VA-Norfolk
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    # of Openings
    Posted Date
    2 weeks ago(10/30/2018 8:37 AM)
  • Overview

    Colonna's Shipyard, Inc. is looking to obtain experienced associates within our Paint Department.

    We are pleased to accept resumes for our 2nd Class Blaster position working 3rd Shift, 10:30pm til 7am.

    This is a direct hire position with competitive pay, based on experience, and immediate work within our headquarters in Norfolk, VA. 


    • Prepare all types of surfaces for preservation.
    • Removes old paint and debris from all types of substrates by; Scraping, Chipping and Sanding.
    • Operate; 3,000 to 5,000PSI Pressure Washers and wash surfaces to remove grease, rust, scale, and dirt.
    • Operate 40,000PSI Ultra-High Pressure Water Jetting equipment.
    • Mix Solvents and Coatings accurately to formula.
    • Apply coatings in accordance with specifications and good marine practice.
    • Capable of brush and roll painting for passing all inspection processes
    • Be familiar with and exercise proper procedures for; painting in confined spaces.
    • Control costs in assigned area of responsibility.
    • Complete tasks with limited supervision
    • Other duties may be assigned as workload requirements dictate.
    • Understand and act upon simple instruction
    • Work independently to complete job assignments
    • Must have regular, reliable attendance


    Surface Preparation:

    • Solvent Cleaning to SSPC-SP1
    • Hand tool cleaning to SSPC-SP2
    • Power tool cleaning to SSPC-SP3
    • Power tool cleaning to SSPC-SP11
    • Abrasive Blasting to SSPC-SP-6, SP-7 & SP-10
    • Ultra-High Pressure Water-jetting to SSPC-SP-12 (WJ2, WJ3, WJ4)
    • Coatings Application:
    • Mixing of coatings to proper ratio
    • Brush & Roll paint application to required film thickness.
    • Masking and protection of surrounding and adjacent areas
    • Environmental Protection:
    • Install & Maintain containment for all fugitive emissions (Includes: Wash Water, Paint Overspray, Abrasive Blasting Dust, etc.)

    Equipment; Set-up, Operation, and Breakdown:

    • Pressure Washer (3500-5000 PSI)
    • Abrasive Blasting Pots
    • Airless Spray Paint Pumps
    • 40,000 PSI UHP Blast Equipment


    • Safe handling, use and storage of paint
    • Safe work practices and PPE
    • Lock-out / Tag-out
    • Confined space entry and work practices 
    • Respirator fit / training
    • Safety harness
    • HAZMAT spill response


    Perform Inspection and Testing on:

    • Perform Wet Film Thickness readings
    • Perform Surface Preparation Inspections using appropriate calibrated equipment
    • Perform Coatings Inspections using appropriate calibrated equipment
    • Accomplish and Document Environmental Readings using calibrated equipment and appropriate Data-Sheets
    • General knowledge of: 
    • Government & Commercial; Vessel Repair Specifications & Standard Items
    • Preservation Inspections and Quality Assurance Inspection “Tickets” 
    • DEQ & EPA Regulations
    • Product Data & MSDS Sheets



    • High school diploma or equivalent 
    • Minimum of five years experience with accomplishing Corrosion Control and Preservation in the Marine Industry
    • Minimum 120 hours of “hands on” experience operating 40K PSI water-jetting equipment.
    • Minimum 200 hours of “hands on” experience operating 3500 – 5000 PSI pressure washers for cleaning of ships hulls.
    • Must be able to work effectively with others.
    • Must be a steady, reliable worker.
    • Must be able to comprehend and follow simple instructions.


    • C-13 Ultra-High Pressure Water-Jetter Certification required.
    • Must obtain experience with Airless Spray Painting and/or Abrasive Blasting, working towards C-12 and/or C7 Certification.

    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 


    All resumes are reviewed immediately for consideration.


    Colonna’s Shipyard and our affiliates are pleased to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.


    • Respect
    • Pride
    • Truth
    • Family

    These are our 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.


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