Production Trade Supervisor (Welding)

Location: Victoria, BC
Date Posted: 08 Jul 2016
Expiration Date: 06 Sep 2016
Job Type: Full-Time

Company Summary:
Be part of the winning team. Seaspan is looking for talented employees to apply for rewarding work in the shipbuilding industry —to fill jobs in our operations, ashore, management, service and at-sea teams.

 All Seaspan employees are entitled to:

- compensation and benefits that provide an excellent standard of living on Canada’s beautiful West Coast

- training, mentorship and broad opportunities for advancement and skills development

- a progressive work environment that supports health, fitness, safety and diversity

- support for families, including scholarships and summer job placements for your children

- job security—with multiple operations, a wide range of satisfied clients and our $8 billion federal contract, we will be building ships for decades to come.

From the beginning, we were “In It to Win It,” and now the work begins to build Canada’s shipbuilding future, right here on the West Coast of British Columbia. Seaspan was awarded a coveted $8 billion federal contract to build seven new non-combat ships. We’ve been building ships in Vancouver since 1902, and now we’re sharing our passion with a new generation of shipbuilders.

Seaspan is committed to Employment Equity, supports diversity in the workplace, and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including, women, members of visible minorities, aboriginal persons, and persons with disabilities.

Position description:

The Trade Production Supervisor (Welding) is accountable for the safe production and efficient operation of the welding facilities at Seaspan Victoria Shipyards. Responsibilities include but are not limited to, providing direction to unionized supervisors and the welding workforce for all projects carried out within the welding facilities, ensuring projects are appropriately manned and supervised to meet schedule and customer requirements, and that all work is carried out in accordance with shipyard safety, environment and quality standards and procedures. He/she shall provide support for departmental leadership, direction and motivation, ensuring that acceptable productivity and quality levels are consistently maintained. The Trade Production Supervisor (Welding)  will also provide assistance in the initiative and direction for continued process improvement within the welding department.

Duties and Accountabilities

- Oversees welding projects by maintaining manpower loading as dictated by work schedules, providing information, planning and direction for charge-hands, monitoring projects through the various stages to ensure workmanship is meeting Seaspan's quality policy, applicable codes and Victoria Shipyards standard operating procedures, customer requirements and that work is completed within the allocated budget and schedule.

- Work in conjunction with the steel department, technical services and supply chain to ensure that technical information and materials are meeting welding and schedule requirements.

- In collaboration with the steel department, ensure that welding shop charge-hands and workers comply with Victoria Shipyards' safety and relevant welding standard code or section

- Provides leadership to welding shop charge-hands and workers by providing guidance and training where needed to maintain appropriate standards, taking disciplinary action when required, and ensuring compliance with WorkSafe BC regulations.

- Improves departmental skill and productivity levels by liaising with the Steel Manager and departmental charge-hands in assessing skill and work habits of individual employees.

- Ensures regular maintenance and safety inspections of welding shop equipment and facilities, guaranteeing deficiencies are quickly rectified.

- Allocates manpower to projects in accordance with schedule and priorities, assigning workers with the skill and ability to complete tasks efficiently.

- Monitors work progress with welding charge-hands and assesses project status.

- Works in conjunction with all staff to improve worker safety and reduce incidents.

- Works in conjunction with welding maintenance and electrical to ensure welding equipment is maintained and procured in a cost effective manner.

Education and Experience

- Post secondary training in a welding trade with trade certification.

- Current CSA W47.1 Steel Welding Supervisor certification and CSA W178.2 Level 1 Welding Inspector certification.

- A minimum of 10 years experience managing ship repair and construction projects including 5 years experience in developing and managing welding processes and inspections.

Skills, Knowledge and Required Competencies

- Demonstrates a high standard of business conduct and ethics; dealing with all situations and issues with integrity and honesty.

- Extensive knowledge of CSA and other regulatory requirements as pertains to welding and fabrication in the marine industry.

- Basic knowledge of classification societies rules and regulations.

- Excellent communication skills and the English language, both verbal and written, including knowledge of correct marine terminology.

- Ability to communicate effectively with customers, management and the workforce, using tact and diplomacy.

- Excellent technical, analytical, problem-solving, communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills.

- Knowledge of Seaspan's policies and procedures.

- Ability to interpret technical drawings.

- Knowledge of safety practices and procedures.

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