Position Description

Welding Superintendent
Company - Location Victoria Shipyards - Victoria, BC - 825 Admirals Road
Employment Duration Full-time permanent salaried
Posting # 2281
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Welding Superintendent

Job Grade - 7

The Welding Superintendent is responsible for the management of all welding trade work at Victoria Shipyards (VSL) including budget, schedule, quality, and safety activities. The Welding Superintendent ensures projects are appropriately staffed and supervised to meet timelines and customer requirements, and to ensure all work is carried out in accordance with shipyard safety, quality, and environmental standards. The Welding Superintendent is also responsible to hire, train and provide qualified Welders as requested by Project and Program Managers.

The Welding Superintendent works in conjunction with VSL Welding Engineers to develop and implement welding procedures and processes, as well as analyze and recommend tools, equipment, jigs, and fixtures for implementation. The position provides leadership and direction for continuous process improvement in the Welding Department, and fosters an attitude of co-operation with other VSL departments.


  • Works in collaboration with the VSL Welding Engineer to develop efficient and affective welding procedures and processes that meet customer requirements.
  • Manages cost, schedule, quality and safety for all Welding Department operations by monitoring budgets, providing skilled and efficient resources, aligning workmanship with quality standards and ensuring compliance with VSL safety procedures
  • Manages the hiring, training and deployment of qualified welders
  • Allocates manpower to projects in accordance project schedules and priorities,  ensuring workers have the  required skill for assigned tasks
  • Monitors work progress with the Welding Supervisors to assess job status. Provides guidance, direction and corrective action where required to ensure Company and Customer expectations are met
  • Leads process improvement and safety initiatives for the Welding Department 
  • Ensures that a strong safety culture is instilled within the Welding Department
  • Provides input in new projects by actively participating in build & repair strategy development, project schedules and cost estimates
  • Analyzes tools, equipment, jigs and fixtures for application to VSL operations. Provides recommendations to the Steel Manager
  •  Supports the Purchasing Department in procuring consumable materials for fabrication and welding processes by providing insight and assistance in material specifications
  • Maintains department records including certifications and training records
  • Conducts regular maintenance and safety inspections of equipment, facilities and work sites ensuring deficiencies are quickly rectified  
  • Maintains and develops ISO procedures for welding operations 
  • Ensures compliance with union collective agreements and WCB regulations
  • Improves department skill and productivity by liaising with Supervisors  to assess employee skill and performance. Initiates training as required 
  • Maintains positive relationships with customers by communicating scope of work, progress, material and workmanship
  • Works with disability and rehabilitation consultants in assisting injured employees return-to-work by selecting appropriate accommodations

Education and Experience

  • Completion of Grade 12
  • Trade certification in Welding, Fabrication or Ship fitting
  • 5-7 years supervisory experience in  Marine Structural  Welding
  • Experience managing a large multi-discipline project-driven workforce

Skills, Knowledge and Required Competencies

  • Detailed knowledge of welding procedures and fitting techniques
  • Ability to read and interpret complex technical specifications and drawings
  • Knowledge of shipbuilding terminology, methods and procedures
  • Demonstrated competency in development and qualification of weld procedures
  • Excellent technical, analytical, problem solving, communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to conduct business in a professional and ethical manner 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Competent in use of Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Knowledge of certification process under the CSA Standards W47.1/W47.2M
  • Knowledge of regulatory body and the application of regulation for repair and new construction projects 
  • Ability to conduct inspections to ensure projects to meet SMC S.O.P. standards
  • Knowledge of welding equipment as defined by CSA standards

Seaspan is committed to Employment Equity, supports diversity in the workplace, and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including, women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous persons, and persons with disabilities. Furthermore, we are committed to providing an inclusive and accessible environment. If you require reasonable accommodation during the recruitment process, please let us know, and we will work with you to support your request.