Aluminum Welder

Job ID
Posted Date
2 months ago(10/11/2022 4:30 PM)
Regular Full-Time


Colonna's Shipyard is looking to hire Aluminum Welders for our Shipyard in Norfolk, VA

This is a full-time permanent position with benefits, PTO, overtime, and 401k available.


  • Fit and weld pipe and/or plate in the repair and/or construction of marine vessels and industrial components using gas welding, brazing, arc welding, wire fed welding, or tig welding process and procedures
  • Weld components in flat, vertical or overhead positions and in all conditions
  • Operate manual or semi-automatic welding equipment to fuse metal segments, using processes such as gas tungsten arc, gas metal arc, flux cored arc, plasma arc, shielded metal arc, resistance welding and submerged arc welding
  • Monitor the fitting, burning, and welding processes to avoid overheating of parts or warping, shrinking, distortion or expansion of material
  • Interpret blueprints, specifications, diagrams or schematics to determine appropriate welding processes
  • Comprehend and understand marine architectural blueprints. Must be able to determine information to fabricate, erect and install ships structures, foundations, structural closures and outfitting items from blueprint.
  • Must be able to fit and weld
  • Exceed Journey Level standards
  • Perform Arc welding - SMAW, FCAW, GMAW, SAW
  • Perform carbon arc gouging for weld preparation and cleanup
  • Fast and efficient in FCAW, GMAW processes; SMAW, TIG a plus
  • Proficient at welding carbon and stainless-steel plate and shapes
  • Proficient at welding in positions 1F, 2F, 3F, 1G, 2G and 3G
  • Anticipate needed parts and supplies, disassemble equipment and parts, fabricate parts when needed and reassemble equipment and parts
  • Assist in training helpers and lower skilled mechanics
  • Perform safety inspections of equipment and accessories
  • Perform visual inspections of welds and fit up
  • Complete standard computations relating to dimensions and maintaining tolerances and minimizing distortions
  • Weld together metal components of products, as specified by layout, blueprints, diagram, work order, welding procedures, or oral instructions, using electric arc-welding equipment
  • Prepare all material surfaces to be welded, ensuring that there is no loose or thick scale, slag, rust, moisture, grease, or other foreign matter
  • Construct or repair metal products by joining parts either manually (using a variety of welding methods including electric arc, MIG and TIG welding or oxy-acetylene welding) or by machine
  • Review welding operator qualifications
  • Troubleshoot welding procedures for necessary equipment and consumables
  • Introduce cost saving ideas
  • Reduce costs in welding processes while contributing to increased productivity
  • May perform experimental welding to evaluate new equipment, techniques, and materials
  • Perform multi-pass, all position fillet and butt welds using SWAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding), GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding), and FCAW (Flux Cored Arc Welding) processes
  • Set up for shielded metal arc welding operations and base metal preparation on carbon steel
  • Perform single pass fillet welds, V-groove welds, all positions, on carbon steel
  • Perform Manual Arc, M.I.G., Fluxcore in all positions, Submerged Arc- Automatic, Semi- automatic, and Manual, Carbon Arc (Arc air) cutting weld
  • Interpret welding symbol information
  • Identify necessary external repairs to equipment and accessories
  • Equipment set up and operation for Flux-cored, Shielded Metal Arc, Gas Tungsten Arc, and Air Carbon Arc welding operations
  • Set up and maintenance on welding equipment such as: wire feeders, Sub-arc tractors, Bug O’s, Power sources
  • Successful completion of mirror welding
  • Understand and act upon instruction / work independently to complete responsibilities
  • Must have regular, reliable attendance


• Must be able to demonstrate ability to perform multi-pass, all position fillet and butt welds using SWAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding), GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding), and FCAW (Flux Cored Arc Welding)
• Knowledge of welding techniques, (oxygen-acetylene, electric arc, and TIG), tools and equipment
• Ability to perform MIG, TIG, STICK and train other on all welding processes
• Ability to read and interpret blueprints and fabricate from those prints
• Welding on carbon steel, stainless steel, and other required surfaces and material; aluminum experience is a plus
• Advanced knowledge of and ability to use hand tools and instruments associated with the trade
• Must be able to work effectively with others
• Comprehend blueprints, sketches, and templates.
• Hands on experience with heavy metal/steel welding procedures in all positions
• Minimum of 10 years of career experience in Welding
• Must be able to comprehend and follow instructions
• Must be able to multi-task and organize information and various assignments
• Works well with peers
• Tack weld in all metals
• Mirror welding experience
• Must be a steady, reliable worker
• Strong communication skills both written and oral
• Expertise in welding power sources, wire feeders, welding consumables
• Must have working knowledge of welding codes: AWS, ASME, MIL-STD, AISC, & ABS

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
• On-site Human Resources
• On-site gym
• Free and close proximity parking
• Employee perks/gifts and more


All resumes are reviewed immediately for consideration.


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


  • Respect
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  • 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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