Metal Fabricators/Shipfitters

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Job Detail

  • Career Level Journeyman
  • Experience 3-5 Years
  • Posting ID 2139
  • No. of Openings 1+
  • Rate Permanent hourly
  • Training Provided Yes

Job Description

Your future career opportunity

Seaspan Shipyards is proud to be Canada’s long-term, strategic shipbuilding partner for the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy. As a direct result of this work, while creating jobs and rebuilding our domestic shipbuilding industry, Seaspan Shipyards is delivering on the promise of ships built in Canada, by Canadians.

2021 has been an exciting year at Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards, based in North Vancouver, as we continue to make progress on the first of two 174m long Joint Support Ships (JSS) for the Royal Canadian Navy – the largest ships ever built in Canada! We recently began construction on an Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel (OOSV) for the Canadian Coast Guard and have secured a significant contract to build a Polar Icebreaker. These projects will bring long-term job stability for years to come.

We are growing our steel skilled trades teams significantly and are currently keen to speak with Steel Fabricators (Shipfitters) about this exciting opportunity. We are actively recruiting for immediate start dates now.

As a Shipfitter, you will perform a variety of tasks throughout the production process, while upholding Seaspan’s Core Values of Safety, Care and Efficiency. You will have an opportunity to develop new skills, including specialized steel fabrication techniques specific to the shipbuilding industry — that rely on some of the most state-of-the-art equipment in the world.

If you are interested in being part of the regeneration of the Canadian shipbuilding industry and secure well-paid work spanning the coming decade and beyond, then please send us your application today!

We’d love to hear from you if you are a Red Seal Journeyperson Metal Fabricator OR have multiple years of fabricating experience in an industrial environment.

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • CWB all position FCAW Tacking Ticket preferred
  • ITA Marine Fitter Endorsement ideal
  • Demonstrated passion for safety and environmental stewardship
  • Good communication skills both written and verbal in the English language
  • Ability to work positively in a team environment
  • Demonstrated proficiency reading and interpreting blueprints and drawings
  • Demonstrated proficiency at layout and fabrication of metal structural parts such as plates, bulkheads, and frames
  • Demonstrated proficiency in using jacks, turnbuckles, and fairing tools
  • Need to be able to work in a construction environment involving confined spaces, working at heights, physical labour and various weather conditions
  • Must be flexible and be able to work all shifts

This is a Union role with Marine & Shipbuilders – Local 506 and offers an excellent health, welfare & pension package after the completion of 480 hours. The full Red Seal Journeyperson will earn $46.04 p/hr. (Overtime is double time).

If you are interested in future opportunities, please apply online today; OR email your resume directly to:


By applying, you agree that Seaspan may share your resume with our Union partner, Marine and Shipbuilders Union Local 506.

Note: Unsolicited applications from recruitment agencies will not be accepted.

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.

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