Weld Supervisor
Norfolk, VA 
Posted 21 days ago
Job Description
Weld Supervisor
Job ID 2020-1798
Posted Date 6 hours ago(2/11/2020 2:13 PM)
Category Production
Type Regular Full-Time

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

We are pleased to accept resumes for a Weld Supervisor.

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

  • Provides and maintains adequate instructions such as turnover reports, availability of WPSs and Technique Sheets to shop personnel and field crews, and safety/security instructions.
  • Supervisors job performance of shift or field welders; coordinates with Resource Managers and other supervisor to assign welding tasks based on welder skills to optimize productivity; reports production accomplishments, level of quality and readiness of welds, back gouges, weld repairs, etc. for QA inspection at turnover
  • Identifies the training and qualifications required to achieve the best mix of capabilities of supervised welders;  coordinates training and testing with Weld Resource Manager
  • Trains personnel on welding safety requirements; maintains a safe work environment and enforces safe work and environmental compliance practices on the job 
  • Ensures quality of welds meet Code requirements as defined in job drawings, specifications, and procedures
  • Produces or ensures production of welding-related documentation, such as welder signature on welds or welder identification on weld maps, as defined in job drawings, specifications, and procedures
  • Ensures the correct application of welding procedures, materials, personnel and equipment as defined in job drawings, specifications, and procedures
  • Controls welders, including subcontracted labor or services, to support schedule with optimum efficiency
  • Ensures weld machines (including cabling, power sources/hookups, weld torches, etc) used for the job are adequately maintained and calibrated, properly installed, and properly laid out for safety and for highest productivity
  • Enforces compliance with consumable storage and issue/control/traceability requirements as defined in job drawings, specifications, and procedures
  • Ensures safety equipment (PPE, harnesses, scaffolding, etc.) is sufficient, adequate, and maintained for the job and that all workers and site visitors are using required PPE and safety equipment
  • Controls correct application of weld procedures, for example, by assuring welders know and apply proper joint fit-up and cleanliness, pre-heat, weld sequence, heat input, interbead cleaning, cleaning and contouring for subsequent NDE, and so on.
  • Supervises welding procedure testing and welder qualification practice and testing as directed
  • Ensures that parent materials and weld consumables meet specifications as defined in job drawings, specifications, and procedures
  • Performs quality checks of pre-fabricated parts or sub-assemblies (dimensions, joint preparations) so it meets specifications as defined in job drawings, specifications, and procedures
  • Ensures that all welding accomplished under his supervision meets specified requirements and workmanship standards BEFORE QA inspection is initiated by ensuring welders inspect and sign their welds and by conducting “Tier 1” oversight inspections prior to end of shift
  • Ensures all welding inspection (e.g. NDT) tasks are performed on completed welds or weld repairs and ensures no further work is allowed on finished (accepted) welds.
  • Directs simple base metal and weld repairs as indicated by QA; requests written process instruction for complicated, technically risky, or multi-shift repairs
  • Records documentation such as weld map entries, process sheet entries, Inspection Log entries, and so on as defined in job drawings, specifications, and procedures
  • Complete standard dimensional computations/ Devise bracing and weld sequencing steps to maintain tolerances and minimizing distortions
  • Whenever possible and as directed, produces FCAW and SMAW welds (2nd Class or better)
  • Prepare time or job cards, reports, or records
  • Other duties as assigned

CWI Weld Supervisor or Senior Weld Supervisor preferred; 

  • Comprehensive, broad knowledge of welding techniques, tools, machines and equipment
  • Expert knowledge of and ability to use hand tools and instruments associated with the trade
  • Must be able to work effectively with others; training and supervisory experience preferred
  • Proficient reading all types of blueprints and weld symbols, drawing dimensions/ tolerances, complex shapes and weld joints;  build plans, sequencing, welding tools, jigs & fixtures, platforms/staging and work instructions to control distortion, reduce welder fatigue and improve quality-adjusted productivity
  • Enter and move through manholes, climb ladders, or both to reach and work inside confined spaces
  • Hands on experience with heavy metal/steel welding procedures in all positions
  • Basic mechanical knowledge and skills
  • Able to comprehend and follow instructions and give instructions
  • Experienced with performing visual inspections of welds and fit-ups or AWS CWI/ASNT Level I VT certified (preferred)
  • Familiar with different forms of weld NDT and how specified NDT impacts selection and execution of weld processes
  • Must pass J-1 vision test and respirator fit test
Compensation & Benefits

Position compensation is based on experience.


Our benefits include: 
• Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
• 401K, company match
• 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.


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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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Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Experience
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