Careers

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Our parent company, Colonna’s Shipyard has been a landmark in Hampton Roads for over 145 years. 

Our greatest asset is our associates who represent our core values: Respect, Pride, Truth and Family – words that we live by and have made us a leader in the industry. We employ the best and brightest in the industry. Our teams are passionate about our work and represent the full spectrum of skilled trades, some starting within our in-house state certified apprenticeship program.

Steel America specializes in the heavy machining & fabrication of carbon steel, stainless steel and aluminum with unit capacities up to 1,000 tons. Steel America repairs & overhauls heavy machinery, equipment, structures and components for industrial plants. We perform work on our clients’ site or in our Norfolk, VA facility. Every aspect of our business model is geared towards providing high quality performance.

 

FABRICATION WELDING INSPECTOR – availability for all shifts, 1st shift preferred

  • 2 or more years welding/fabrication inspection experience
  • AWS Certified (CWI) with Current certification.
  • Must be able to pass background investigation for access to government facilities.
  • Additional MT and/or PT proficiency a plus.

INSIDE MACHINIST – all shifts available, 2nd shift – preferred

Requires limited supervision/oversight and is familiar with the trade qualifications and can perform most tasks required as an Inside Machinist.

  • Must have the ability manufacture components from stock or modify parts in accordance with basic drawing requirements.
  • Must be able to understand and perform the set up and operation of various machines (lathes, mills, grinders, saws, etc.) and hand tools used in the trade as well as the ability to use precision measuring instruments such as outside diameter and inside diameter micrometers, height gauges, depth gauges, calipers, verniers, lay-out tools, and possess the ability to accurately record readings and measurements.
  • Proficiency in reading basic blueprints, drawings, manuals, technical work documents, measuring and marking dimensions and reference points on material, selecting proper tooling, attachments and accessories as well as manufacturing fixtures to hold work pieces.
  • Working knowledge of basic feed and speed rates and machining characteristics of various materials.
  • Ability to machine basic and complex parts to close tolerances ensuring that the finish requirements of the drawing specifications are achieved.
  • Prefer minimum of 5 years of experience as a machinist (outside or inside) preferably as a supervisor with technical or vocational training.

MACHINE SHOP QA INSPECTOR – availability for all shifts, 1st shift preferred

Analyzes documentation, such as drawings, military specifications and standards, Quality Verification Plan (QVP), Quality Assurance Procedures (QAP), Procurement Inspection Plans (PIP), , to determine the level of inspection and the best method of inspection and tooling required to perform the inspection.

  • Perform visual and dimensional inspections and report on the outcomes
  • Create, modify, and maintain Quality Assurance procedures
  • Interpret engineering drawings and follow written audit guidelines
  • Inspects machined parts for defects associated with grinding and machining; such as heat stress cracking and tearing

Qualifications:

  • Strong experience performing detailed dimensional inspections
  • Must have a strong ability to work with Government Specs.
  • Ideal candidate will have minimum of 5 years’ experience of field Quality Assurance/Control experience regarding inspection of marine propulsion shafting

ON-SITE MACHINIST

Proficiency in reading basic blueprints, drawings, manuals, technical work documents, measuring and marking dimensions and reference points on material, selecting proper tooling, attachments and accessories, as well as, manufacturing fixtures to hold work pieces.

  • Working knowledge of basic feed and speed rates and machining characteristics of various materials.
  • Familiarity with measuring tools such as micrometers, height gauges, vernier calipers, and dividing heads
  • Operate portable machine tools in varying tolerances according to need (from ½ thousands upwards)
  • Familiarity with maintenance and repair the portable machines tools
  • All applicants must be willing to travel domestically for short and long term assignments.
  • All applicants must be able to obtain DBIDS access on military base and have OSHA 10 card in hand.
  • Prefer minimum of 5 years of experience as a machinist (outside or inside) preferably as a supervisor with technical or vocational training.

ON-SITE MACHINIST SUPERVISOR

  • Assign work within the department, monitor work progress to meet work completion standards and goals
  • Assure a quality product is delivered to the customer by reviewing finished work orders and inspecting product as needed
  • Follow company and safety policies and issues by attending and participating in meetings and training sessions
  • Review and monitor labor/productivity logs and reports
  • Train new team members in safe and proper work techniques and in use of supplies, materials and equipment
  • Meet with customer/s, attend production meetings
  • Actively participate in company safety procedures and programs: correct unsafe work practices; follow reporting protocols; participate in hazard identification processes
  • Prefer minimum of 5 years of experience as a machinist (outside or inside) preferably as a supervisor with technical or vocational training.

OFF-SITE WELDERS – availability to work 1st and 2nd shifts

Weld together metal components of products, as specified by layout, blueprints, diagram, work order, welding producers, or oral instructions, using welding equipment

  • Pass FCAW 1” plate to plate test in 3G and 4G position.
  • Pass SMAW ¾” plate to plate test in 3G and 4G position.
  • Work outside of trade as needed per the specific job.
  • Work Off-site on various projects. May be requested to travel and work over time as needed.
  • 20% Travel required.
  • Minimum 1 year welding experience.

ESTIMATOR

Estimate by analyzing blueprints, specifications, proposals, scope of work and other documentation in order to prepare time, cost, and labor estimates for fabrication and machining projects

  • Review available plans and specifications to ensure estimate effort is in compliance with all specifications and requirements
  • Negotiate contract terms, pricing, change orders, and final settlements with clients
  • Analyzes requests for proposals and contract terms and advise of potential business risk (warranties, insurance, and indemnification) and enforce provisions of contract
  • Work with minimal supervision to complete responsibilities
  • Reports to Director of Operations

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business or Engineering, or Apprentice graduate with 3 years of trade experience preferred.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in steel fabrication or machining
  • Possess a basic understanding of the manufacturing process, materials and costing methods for heavy steel fabrication

WELDER / FITTER – 1ST CLASS

  • Minimum of five years of heavy structural steel fitting experience
  • ABS and AWS building and joint design codes
  • Complete lay-outs using drawings and/or templates and/or by picking up and developing the geometry required from lofting on the floor
  • Physical assembly in prefabrication shop area and erection on the building site of individual structural elements of prefabricated panels and three dimensional sub-assemblies
  • Tack welding with stick and semi-automatic welding equipment and burning with an oxygen and propylene torch. Must be able to pass 2F, 3F and 4F tack test.
  • FCAW & SMAW all positions on Carbon Steels ranging from ¼” thick to 1-1/2” thick.  Open root GTAW stainless pipe from 3” diameter to 6” diameter.  Must be able to Carbon Arc / Back Gouge full penetration welds.  Must be able to properly use fillet weld gauges and pass MT& RT inspections first time.
  • Ability to travel when required

WELD SUPERVISOR

Supervises 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

  • 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
  • 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
  • Supervises welding procedure testing and welder qualification practice and testing as directed
  • 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

Qualifications:

  • AWS Certified Weld Supervisor or Senior Weld Supervisor OR Meets criteria of a 2nd Class Welder preferred; 3rd Class welder minimum with supervisory experience and the following:
  • 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
  • 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

LEAD MECHANIC SUPERVISOR

Coordinate and manage various projects, including fabricate from blue prints, equipment operation, welding and inspections

  • Prepare time or job cards, reports, or records
  • Assist in training helpers and lower skilled mechanics
  • Supervise and teach subordinates various welding/fabricating techniques
  • Coordinate and execute jobs from blueprints and verbal instructions
  • Weld  together metal components of products, as specified by layout, blueprints, diagram, work order, welding procedures, or oral instructions, using electric arc-welding equipment
  • Weld completion in flat, horizontal, vertical, or overhead positions.
  • Equipment set up and operation for Flux-cored, Shielded Metal Arc, Gas Tungsten Arc, and Air Carbon Arc welding operations
  • Perform safety inspections and identify necessary external repairs to equipment and accessories
  • Interpret welding symbol information
  • Perform visual inspections of welds and fit up

Qualifications:

  • Must be able to demonstrate ability to perform multi-pass, all position fillet and butt welds using SWAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding), GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding), and FCAW (Flux Cored Arc Welding)
  • Hands on experiences and proven training on pre and post heating, Induction heating, Surface hardening, Stress Relieving. Weld Inspections and Metallurgy
  • Minimum of 10 years of career experience in Welding/Fabricating

 

 

Ideal candidates possess:

  • Technical training required, including proven successful career experience with the machining trade and precision measuring equipment (if applicable)
  • Prefer minimum of 5 years of experience (outside or inside) – Supervisor candidates should have technical or vocational training and previous, successful supervisory experience, a minimum of 5 years preferred
  • Good communications skills – verbal and written
  • Some positons require associates to have own machine tools
  • Skilled in the selection, set-up and operation of the appropriate tool(s) for a given type of work
  • Experience operating precision machine tools (if applicable)
  • Must be able to read and comprehend blueprints, drawings and other technical trade related documents
  • Mechanical ability, manual dexterity, and hand/eye coordination required to perform various projects, per drawings, sketches, and verbal or written instructions
  • Ability to comprehend and complete various other duties, as assigned
  • Work independently to complete responsibilities
  • Must have regular, reliable attendance and work habits
  • Must be able to work effectively with others, including internal and external clients
  • Willingness to travel and/or work overtime, as needed
  • Satisfactory pass background check, including accessing to government facilities, as needed
  • All applicants must be able to obtain a Rapid Gate due to the location of the job & have OSHA 10 card in hand

 

 

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