Pipefitter Improver Job
Job Description Job Attributes+
San Diego, CA 92170-3308, US
Manufacturing & Maintenance
Job Description A pipefitter Improver is responsible, with some supervision, for removing, repairing, targeting, laying out, fabricating, installing, and testing marine piping systems such as Auxiliary Salt Water, Fire Main, Potable Water, Hydraulic, Compressed Air, Fuel Oil, Lube Oil, Engine Exhaust etc. in accordance with work item specifications, NAVSEA/Military standards and drawings or other regulatory body standards such as ABS, Military Sealift Command, etc. Repair and fabrication include the use of various shop equipment such as table saws, pipe threading machines, bending machines (power as well as hand operated), drill presses and brazing equipment. Additional tasks associated with this position include blanking and pressure testing of tanks (structural boundary testing). The Improver is also responsible for providing direction to helpers as directed by the supervisor. The qualifications and general capabilities listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability desired by the shipyard. QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
1. Must be able to comprehend instructions and general correspondence.
2. Must have a working knowledge of ship repair terminology and ship compartment naming convention.
3. Must be physically and medically capable to wear all required personal protective equipment (PPE) required for the job as prescribed under OSHA standards. PPE includes hard hat, safety glasses, steel toe shoes, goggles, respirator, safety harness, safety line, flotation gear, etc.)
4. Must be able to effectively confer job related information verbally and in writing including providing recommended corrective action.
5. Must have working knowledge of different types of joint fit-ups.
6. Must have a working knowledge of Silver Brazing theory.
7. Must be able to certify in: a. MT Braze (B-1)
8. Must be able to interpret specifications and Navy/MSC/ABS standard items and manuals.
9. Must possess a working knowledge of equipment and work processes used in marine pipe fabrication, repair, and targeting.
10. Must be able to operate and care for equipment, portable power tools, and hand tools used to accomplish assigned work.
11. Must be able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers, fractions, and decimals. Must understand the US customary and metric measurement systems.
12. Must have four (4) years of pipefitting experience, two (2) of which in the maritime repair environment.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Provide direction to a pipefitter Helper if assigned.
2. Arrive at the designated work site at the assigned time and end the shift as directed by the schedule and pipe shop supervisor.
3. Work shifts and overtime as assigned.
4. Be accountable for completion of daily work assignments.
5. Comply with OSHA standards and BAE best safety practices.
6. Keep your work area clean and safe at all times, especially at the end of the shift.
7. Ensure the work site is ready for hot work before commencing hot work. Communicate with the Fire Watch and provide direction as necessary.
8. Provide quality work and Objective Quality Evidence (OQE) as required by the work specifications or assigned by the supervisor.
9. Comply with the Company’s “Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy” which expects that all relationships among persons in the workplace will be businesslike and free of bias, prejudice, and harassment.
10. Confer with the supervisor and Journeyman to resolve unexpected events related to your assigned task. Carry out written or oral instructions.
Work Tasks Include:
a. Inspect and prepare the area for work, taking special care if hot work is required. Verify gas free certifications and tag-outs, before commencing any work.
b. Run lines and leads required to accomplish work. Accomplish drop test if using flammable or oxygen depleting gases.
c. Inspect work for defects before turning the job over to welders. Correct fit-ups as required. Confer with supervision or journeyman before correcting deficiencies.
d. Document existing conditions before commencing work and report conditions to the journeyman or supervisor.
e. Remove damaged pipe in accordance with specifications and as directed by the journeyman or supervisor.
f. Measure or template pipe for fabrication.
g. Blank systems in accordance with standard Item 009-24 or other applicable safety standards.
h. Fit up new pipe using the proper fit up type in accordance with specifications.
i. Ensure a strain free fit-up to pumps or other connecting equipment.
j. Blank tanks and accomplish boundary air tests.
k. Accomplish or verify Lock-out Tag-out requirements before commencing.
Required Education, Experience, & Skills
The working environment in the shipyard varies from a normal office conditions to working outside where precipitation, wind, extreme cold, and extreme heat and high humidity are not unusual. When working inside of vessels the environment may be smoky, hot or cold, and have low levels of illumination may be present.
There are heavy equipment and power tools operating almost at every location. Depending on the type of work available, reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the job requirements.
Personnel can expect to work in a variety of spaces from confined areas accessible only by manholes to high platforms accessible only by scaffolding or ladders. Work may also be accomplished using mechanical lifts as working platforms.
The noise level in the shipyard environment is usually loud, especially inside of vessels. The noise encountered in the shop is generally low to moderate. The wearing of appropriate personal protective equipment is mandatory.
There is always the potential of falling objects and personnel are occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts during work. Appropriate PPE must always be worn.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Must be able to tour all vessels, piers, docks and work sites.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to: stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; and talk or hear.
The employee is occasionally required to sit.
SPECIFIC PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: May be required to demonstrate any or all requirements.
1. Lift/push/pull 50 lbs to 75 lbs on an occasional basis (0-25% of the day).
2. Lift/push/pull up to 20 lbs on a frequent basis (25-75% of the day).
3. Perform prolonged standing (2-3 hours). Bend, squat crouch, crawl and kneel.
4. Climb in a safe manner (climbing, includes stairs, scaffolding, ladders and ramps).
5. Work at a variety of levels and positions (ex. Waist, eye, above head).
6. Good balance while working on uneven surfaces and maneuvering obstacles.
7. Sufficient handgrip and coordination to carry and operate tools and equipment.
8. Access work areas through 18” x 36” openings and work in confined spaces for prolonged periods of time (33-66% of the day).
9. Respond to visual, verbal, and audible sounds/commands.
10. Work at heights above 12’ from ladders, scaffolding, and manlifts.
11. Fully extend the arm while reaching overhead, reaching out, reaching to the side and reaching down.
12. Perceive attributes of an object/material such as size, shape, temperature and texture by means of receptors in the hands and fingers.
13. Turn head from side to side and about on the vertical axis. Turn body at the waist from side to side and about the vertical axis.About BAE Systems Platforms & Services BAE Systems, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of BAE Systems plc, an international defense, aerospace and security company which delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. Improving the future and protecting lives is an ambitious mission, but it’s what we do at BAE Systems. Working here means using your passion and ingenuity where it counts – defending national security with breakthrough technology, superior products, and intelligence solutions. As you develop the latest technology and defend national security, you will continually hone your skills on a team—making a big impact on a global scale. At BAE Systems, you’ll find a rewarding career that truly makes a difference.
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