Combo Pipe/Plate/Structural Welder - Orange, TX / Houston, TX

Job Locations: Orange, TX and Houston, TX

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

This position is responsible for the following: Other duties may be assigned.


  1. Layout, fabricate or repair metal plate, structural parts and/or pipe and braces them in position within hull of ship for riveting or welding according to specifications.
  2.  Locates and marks reference lines, such as center, buttock, and frame lines.
  3. Select pipe and/or plate sizes and types and related materials. Such as supports, hangers, and hydraulic cylinders according to specifications.        
  4. Measure, mark and install pipe and/or plate for cutting and/or threading per specifications, using tools such as saws, cutting torches, and pipe thread and benders.
  5. May prepare molds and templates for fabrication and nonstandard parts.
  6. Remove high spots and cut bevels using hand files, portable grinders and cutting torches.
  7. 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.
  8. May roll, bend, flange, cut, and shape plates, beams, and other heavy metal parts using shop machinery such as plate rolls, presses, bending brakes, and joggle machines.
  9. Select and set up welding equipment, execute the planned welds, and examine the welds to ensure they meet the standards or specification.
  10. Weld components in a flat, vertical, or overhead position.

Required Education & Experience:

  1. High School diploma and/or one year certificate from college or technical school preferred.
  2. Industrial and/or marine fitting/welding experience.
    • 1st Class: 3-5 years
    • 2nd Class: 1-3 years
  3. Must pass an ABS, or ASME weld test.
  4. Bludworth Marine welder and pipe fitter test.
  5. TWIC card preferred.

Working Conditions:

  1. Open-air conditions such as noisy, hot, cold, etc.
  2. Must wear hearing, eye, head protection and proper PPE.
  3. Some climbing (100 ft.) and lifting (50 lbs.) involved.
  4. Traverse gangways and scaffolding at varying heights while wearing fall prevention equipment.
  5. Working with hot and sometimes hazardous materials.
  6. Aboard ships, both on and offshore as well as confined spaces.
  7. Must be able to stand and operate equipment up to four continuous hours.
  8. The work requires long periods of sitting in awkward positions, standing on a variety of surfaces and at different angles, bending over, crouching and climbing up and over obstructions such as scaffolding, ladders, and internal barge and boat structural members.

Necessary Equipment Operation:

  1. Squares, levels and hand & power tools.
  2. Blow torches – Motorized cutting torches; Pattern cutting torches; Welding torches.
  3. Gas welding, brazing, or cutting apparatus – Brazing equipment; Heliarc welding equipment; Oxyacetylene equipment; Portable gas operated arc welders.
  4. Manlift or personal lift – Hydraulic truck lifts; Swing stages
  5. Weld masks – Hand shields; Welding shields

Special Skills:

  1. Ability to work under deadlines and schedule pressures.
  2. Ability to read and interpret blueprints, sketches, drawings and technical manuals.
  3. Perform basic mathematical functions.
  4. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  5. Hugh performance and a strong team player.
  6. Commitment to company values and safety program.
  7. Trained to work with a wide variety of materials, such as titanium, aluminum, or exotic metals, in addition to steel.

Fitter/Welder Position basic Requirements:

Combo Fitter Welder-Pipe & Plate/Structural (COFW) – Fitter welder capable of fitting & welding Pipe, Plate, and Structural with knowledge of reading and interpreting drawings.

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