Gas Free Mechanics

Job ID
Posted Date
2 days ago(9/22/2022 2:42 PM)
Regular Full-Time


Colonna's Shipyard is looking to obtain experienced candidates within our Gas Free Department.

We are pleased to accept resumes for 1st class Gas Free Mechanics. 

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


  • Check tanks to make sure properly inspected for hazardous materials
  • Ensure that the right equipment is on site for the task that needs to be accomplished
  • Remove contamination from tanks in a safe and efficient manner using shovels, squeegees, brooms, scrapers, hoses, water and solvent
  • Sweeps up debris and sludge into buckets or wheelbarrows or down chutes
  • Wash bilge's tanks: remove gas, water, and oil from vessels and fixing blocked pipes
  • Ensure that the runbak is wiped out of the tanks
  • Open or help with the opening of deep well inspection covers in as safe manner
  • Control ocst in assigned area of responsibility
  • Be able to adapt in an enviorment with extreme temperature exposure
  • Exercise proper procedures for confined spaces
  • Will climb into tanks via vertical ladder or inclined ladder (average 50-60ft)
  • Operater and maintain boilers at Gas Free shop
  • Assist in clean up of oil spills
  • Clean and dispose of hazardous and non hazardous materials, gas, sludge, oil, etc. throughout the shipyard
  • Board ships via stairs, ladders, and gangways with tool bags and needed equipment
  • Will prepare tank for cleaning and setting up lights, air hoses, and pumps. Setting up pumps requires pulling hoses to position and hook up to pump and slop tanks
  • Understand and act upon instruction
  • Work independently to complete responsibilities
  • Will be required to wear personal protective equipment-hard hat, safety glasses, steel toe boots/shoes, and when necessary a respirator
  • Must have regular, reliable attendance
  • Other duties may be assigned as workload requirements dictate



  • Must have 2+ years of shipboard Gas Free experience
  • Must be able to work either 1st or 2nd shift
  • Must be able to work overtime if requested
  • Must have experience driving flatbeds, operating a vacuum truck, and daily cleaning of tanks
  • Properly inspect tanks for hazardous materials, endure the proper equipment is on site so tasks may be accomplished
  • Perform all gas free essential duties on all types of commercial and government vessels
  • Clean driving and criminal record may be required to gain access into jobsites

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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