The Welding Technologist is responsible for providing welding technical support to all vessel repair activities at Victoria Shipyards (VSL). This includes Naval surface vessels and submarines, Coast Guard, BC Ferries and commercial operators. The Welding Technologist also provides technical guidance for joint designs, welding rates, distortion control, equipment evaluations, and weld quality to various VSL departments. The position analyzes actual welding rates and works with production personnel to improve welding productivity.
- Prepare welding procedure specifications and procedure data sheets.
- Record variables during welding of test assemblies in order to develop procedure qualification records.
- Monitor shipyard weld quality. Inform trades and area management of quality issues and work with them to resolve work not in accordance with standards, specifications and contract requirements.
- Perform continuous review of VSL’s welding procedures. Implement improvements in processes and materials to improve both quality and productivity.
- Provide guidance to the Technical Department for joint designs of structural and piping systems.
- Evaluate VSL welding capability (welding procedures and welder qualifications) at the estimating phase.
- Monitor trends in the industry and implement welding best practices.
- Resolve production welding issues. Support initiatives to improve productivity, reduce rework and improve quality across all shipyards.
Education and Experience
- A diploma in Welding Engineering Technology.
- 3-5 years of experience in a welding industry, preferably in the shipbuilding/ship repair industry.
- CSA W178.2 level 1 or 2 Welding Inspector certification (or international equivalent) would be an asset.
Skills and Knowledge and Required Competencies
- Knowledge of welding processes including shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), flux cored arc welding (FCAW), metal cored arc welding (MCAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW), submerged arc welding (SAW), gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), and stud welding.
- Knowledge of welding metallurgy and material properties.
- Working knowledge of CSA W47.1, W59, W47.2, W59.2, AWS, Lloyd’s, ABS, and ASME.
- Knowledge of non-destructive testing (NDE) such as VT, LPI, MPI, RT and UT.
- Demonstrated competence in evaluating weld test specimens including bend tests, macro-etch specimens, tensile tests, Charpy V-notch, etc.
- Ability to work effectively in a matrix organization that supports several different trades and areas of the shipyard.
- Strong problem solving skills, analytical abilities and interpersonal skills.
- Excellent communication skills both written and verbal.
- Strong organizational skills.
- Excellent computer skills including Word/Excel/PowerPoint.
- Demonstrated ability to multi-task, prioritize and problem solve.
- Ability to obtain Industrial Security – NATO Secret designation.