Welding Technologist

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Job Detail

  • Career Level Post Secondary Diploma
  • Experience 5-7 Years
  • Posting ID 4049
  • No. of Openings 1

Job Description

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 mentorship 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.

The Welding Technologist collaborates with the VSL Manager, Welding Engineering and QC. The position is required to operate in a matrix organization providing technical support to production trades, stage of construction superintendents, area managers and repair project managers.

Primary scope required by the position is to develop, implement and monitor weld procedures for structural and piping systems under supervision of the VSL Manager, Welding Engineering and QC. The role requires collaboration with several other departments to ensure joint designs reflect certified procedures, equipment is procured that meets VSL’s requirements, weld performance is measured and improved, and work is completed in accordance with contract specifications and VSL quality standards.

This role is complex due to the technical nature of welding procedure certification process. The Welding Technologist must possess good understanding of material properties, and associated welding procedures and processes. The position requires a sound understanding of weld quality and production rates. The role also requires sound communication skills to support interaction with customer representatives, CWB (Canadian Welding Bureau) personnel, regulatory bodies, statutory agencies and internal departments.



The role of Welding Technologist requires significant internal communication. The Welding Technologist communicates with trade superintendents, production managers, zone/area managers and project managers to ensure that suitable welding procedures are certified, and the most productive procedures are employed in production. The position works with the Technical Department to define joint designs for steel and outfit systems, and to ensure vessel repair strategies reflect high quality and productive weld procedures. The position provides technical guidance on weld quality to both quality assurance and quality control personnel.


The Welding Technologist requires communication with suppliers of welding equipment and filler materials to assess suitability for VSL and to provide recommendations for procurement. The Welding Technologist works with external testing labs to process weld test specimens and interpret results. The position also requires benchmarking best practices through visits to other shipyards and attendance at welding conferences and symposiums. The position also communicates with team members and subcontractors to supervise and assist in improving weld quality.


  • 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. Advise 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 standard methodologies
  • Resolve production welding issues. Support initiatives to improve productivity, reduce rework and improve quality across all shipyards
  • Perform visual inspection as needed.
  • Support Welding Centre of Excellence Research and Development (R&D) projects.
  • Researches new welding technologies and trends and evaluates their application to improve or remedy existing welding processes.
  • Performs experimental welding to evaluate new equipment, technologies, and techniques, with the aim of introducing them into Seaspan.

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, 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
  • Proven competence in evaluating weld test specimens including bend tests, macro-etch specimens, tensile tests, Charpy V-notch, etc.
  • Ability to work optimally 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 digital literacy including Word/Excel/PowerPoint.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task, prioritize and problem solve.
  • Ability to obtain Industrial Security – NATO Secret designation

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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