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Our core values –  respect, pride, truth and family – are not just words, they are the guidelines that make us a leader in our industry. Our skilled employees are among the most respected experts in our industry. You could be the next among us.

Fabrication Production Manager


Must have a minimum of 10 years experienced in a leadership role for a Fabrication shop or company. Will be responsible for all welding, Material Handling, and Fitting for Steel America.  Needs to be able to evaluate costs, schedule tasks, progress tasks, evaluate manpower requirements, and estimate projects.  Project Management experience of at least 3 years is required.  Developing, Managing, and working to overhead budgets is required.  Continuous improvement and communication skills must be of the highest degree.

Essential Duties & Functions

  • Ensures that work is accomplished in a safe manner, and that a quality product is delivered on schedule with the assigned project budget.
  • Oversees the performance, direction and mentorship of Lead Mechanic Supervisors in the fabrication shop.
  • Assists project managers in properly planning and executing their projects by monitoring project and metrics, schedules, as related to production efforts, and giving appropriate feedback when required.
  • Communicates with project managers on a daily basis to discuss and resolve project and/or support issues.
  • Reviews project manager and planner phased manning plans to ensure they are in alignment with the assigned labor budget and that adequate manning is available to accomplish the work contracted.
  • During quoting process, ensures project managers and estimators are being supported to effectively formalize the statement of work, set up the project, and develop competitive cost estimates.
  • Analyzes project manager planning timetables (PMPTTS) for upcoming projects to ensure the project team will have proper manning, tools, specification, schedules, material and worksite accessibility needed to be successful.
  • Works with customers and stakeholders on a regular basis to ensure the Project Manager and customer are in alignment with expectations.
  • During the planning and execution phases, works closely with the cognizant Project Manager to ensure budget metrics are established and fiscal goals are understood and met.
  • Assist in maintaining the Master Planning Matrix for all production work.
  • Performs site visits to ensure we are operating to our ethics and core belief, perform safety observations and manage/schedule training as required.
  • Work effectively under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Well versed in all technical aspects of structural steel detailing.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Work independently to complete responsibilities.
  • Must have regular, reliable attendance.


  • Possess 10 or more years production related experience in heavy steel fabrication or shipyard industry background as a production Zone Manager/General Foreman at a Naval or commercial shipyard, or intermediate/depot-level maintenance experience in the military would be considered
  • S. in Mechanical/Industrial Engineering. 4 year technical school program graduate or related degree preferred.
  • Previous project management experience and proven ability to meet quality, schedule and budget goals are strongly preferred.
  • Experience with Lean/Six Sigma manufacturing a plus
  • Understands the manufacturing process and materials for steel fabrication industry with CNC and manual machining knowledge.
  • Able to analyze blueprints, specifications, scope of work and other documentation.
  • Strong analytical, personnel management and communication skills are necessary
  • Strong PC skills to include Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and Outlook)
  • Ability to travel.


Fabrication Welder

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Working with floor shaping, forming plates, shaping from templates, marking symbols
  • Complete lay-outs using drawings and/or templates and/or by picking up and developing the geometry required from lofting floor
  • Installation of structural outfit items, doors, ladders, foundations
  • Effective sequencing of assembly and fitting
  • Correct use of heating torches in plate heat straightening and shrinkage
  • Ability to use hand and power tools
  • Shop and field fabrication
  • Adherence to industry codes, regulations, and specifications
  • Comprehend blueprints, sketches, and templates
  • Tack welding with stick and semi-automatic welding equipment
  • Install simple systems without templates and blueprints
  • Some working knowledge with stainless steel and aluminum
  • Will be required to wear personal protective equipment hard hat, safety glasses, steel toe boots/shoes, and, when necessary, respirator
  • Work independently to complete responsibilities
  • Must have regular, reliable attendance


  • Minimum of five years of fitting experience
  • Knowledge of and ability to use hand tools and instruments associated with the Fitting trade
  • Must be able to work effectively with others
  • Comprehend blueprints, sketches, and templates
  • Enter and move through manholes to reach and work internally confined spaces
  • Physical assembly in prefabrication and erection on the building site of individual structural elements or prefabricated panels and three dimensional sub-assemblies


Inside Machinist (2nd shift preferred)


  • 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
  • Skilled in the selection, set-up and operation of the appropriate machine tool(s) for a given type of work.
  • Manual machine operation experience
  • In-Place machinists experience preferred
  • Technical training preferred
  • Experience operating precision machine tools
  • Willingness to travel
  • Use of precision measuring equipment.
  • Must be able to work effectively with others
  • Must be a steady, reliable worker
  • Must have own machine tools


Machine Shop Assistant Superintendent

Steel America (division of Colonna’s Shipyard) is currently hiring an Assistant Superintendent for immediate work located in Norfolk, VA.


The Assistant Superintendent oversees all key aspects of the project’s progress; determines personnel, material, equipment, and facilities needed, establishes basic priorities and work sequences, and maintains balanced workload among subordinates through proper distribution of work projects and allotment of manpower, equipment, and materials. Must have a minimum of 10 years experienced in a Shipyard Machine Shop utilizing conventional equipment and be able to work at least 6 days a week. The ability to communicate clearly and often, written and verbal, is essential to fill this position. Knowledge and use of computer skills is preferred.

Essential Duties & Functions

  • Management position responsible for the fabrication, repair, maintenance and modifications of projects and equipment or facilities assigned to a specific region or operating company which may be allocated in support of a specific project.
  • Responsible for the oversight of large land or vessel based construction / repair projects; this includes the development of budgets and schedules, contractor selection, contract management, interfacing with regulatory agencies.
  • Assists in the development and adherence of the fabrication and repair budgets, as well as controls expenditures within limitations of a designated project’s budget.
  • May prepare and present status reports to customer, project team and management.
  • Supervises the timely and cost-effective fabrication, maintenance, repair, modification, and refurbishment projects
  • Monitors the contractors and/or shipyards during projects.
  • Conducts on-site surveys to determine maintenance and repair needs.
  • Independent decision making authority within established guidelines
  • Assist with the overall responsibility for schedule adherence
  • Work closely with his assigned Supervisors and ensure that they understand their areas of responsibility
  • Responsible for collection of physical progress each week for their jobs
  • Work closely with the representatives from various classification societies and governing agencies

Work Environment

  • Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) appropriate to current or daily job duties
  • Be fit for a respirator
  • Constantly climb stairs and ladders
  • Access confined spaces
  • Walk to, from and between assigned work areas throughout scheduled shift
  • Endure noise, fumes, dust and inclement weather
  • Work overtime as needed to meet production demands


Machine Shop Welder

Essential Duties & Functions

  • Weld together metal components of products, as specified by layout, blueprints, diagram, work order, welding procedures, or oral instructions, using electric arc-welding equipment
  • Select and execute best method to prepare all material surfaces to be welded, ensuring that there is no loose or thick scale, slag, rust, moisture, grease, or other foreign matter and to clean, degrease, deoxidize, or desmut weld joint or work piece, using wire brush, portable grinder, or solvent clean/chemical bath
  • Weld completion in flat, horizontal, vertical, or overhead positions for at least three base materials using a wide variety of processes. (That is, deposit weld beads exhibiting proper sidewall and interbead fusion, size, profile, interbead cleanliness, wrap and staggered, fused, and cleaned starts and stops rarely (no more than 3%) requiring grinding/dressing to meet VT acceptance standards)
  • Lay out work from blueprints for the following, but not limited to:
  • Plates for shearing, burning by manual or automatic burning and cutting, Angles for punching and shearing, Drilling patterns, Templates for shaping steel, Plates and shapes to be shaped with or without heat, Stiffeners and bulkheads to plates, Bolt and fastener patterns for various parts, manholes, and equipment foundations
  • Inspect work for proper fit-up and adequate cleanliness for welding; locate materials, fabricate and install from blueprints the following, but not limited to:
  • Ladders, handrails, stairways, grating, walkways, manholes and equipment foundations, pipe racks and brackets, pipe systems, braces and supports to maintain straightness
  • Fabricate the following, but not limited to:
  • Fit brackets, panels, complex beam/shape structures, Plumb transverse bulkheads and panels to fabricate enclosure, Complex weldments, Shapes and plates, Simple and complex parts from a drawing or sketch
  • Operate and set up of the following equipment, but not limited to:
  • Hydraulic jacks and pumps, Chain falls, Com-alongs, Steamboat ratchets, Slings, Tie downs, Iron workers, Saws, Pnuematic and electric tools, Drill press, Pipe benders, Press brakes, Plate shears, Plasma cutting torches, All manual, semi-automatic, & automatic cutting torches & machines
  • Expertly repair base metal products and completed welds by adding the minimum amount of grinding/smoothing to meet job specification
  • Perform multi-pass, all position fillet and groove welds using SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding), GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding), Submerged Arc Welding, FCAW (Flux Cored Arc Welding) processes, or the most efficient combination thereof for steels, stainless steels, or nickel-based alloys, and for copper-based alloys, aluminum alloys, or titanium alloys
  • Also perform air-arc back gouging and oxy-acetylene torching (e.g. brazing, cutting, or pre-heating), GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding), and pipe welding, pipe flange and socket welding; as well as qualify to perform either flux cored inner shield welding, weld overlay cladding, automated back gouging, plasma back gouging or any combination thereof
  • Mark or tag material with proper job number, piece marks, and other identifying marks as required and always mark completed welds with welder number
  • Perform single pass 5/16-inch minimum fillet welds in all positions using FCAW on carbon steel and at least -inch single-pass fillets on two other materials
  • Supervise set up to perform welding in accordance with applicable WPS on welding equipment such as: wire feeders, sub-arc tractors, Bug O’s, power sources, etc.
  • Clean torches and connect/lay-out cables and whips to optimize performance and perform routine maintenance on all equipment
  • Recommend WPS’ and WPS upgrades required for a job; when assigned, produces or supervises production, documentation, and testing of PQRs and WPQs
  • Reliable, leads by example; trains less skilled welders, enforces good workmanship and safe welding practices throughout the work area; identifies gaps in weld process controls and weld process surveillance inspections and recommends corrective action
  • Perform comprehensive workmanship inspection, and when directed those of others, of all welds grinding and joint preparation for NDT processes as applicable; observe QA/NDT hold points as applicable
  • Complete standard dimensional computations/devise bracing and weld sequencing steps to maintain tolerances and minimizing distortions
  • Must have regular, reliable attendance
  • Work independently to complete job responsibilities
  • Other duties as assigned

Tool Requirements

The following tools are expected to be part of the Welder’s, employee provided, and maintained toolbox:

  • Face shield & stinger
  • Crescent wrenches
  • Welding gauges
  • Alan wrenches
  • Wire brush
  • Chipping hammer
  • Gloves & flashlight
  • Quiver (electrode)
  • Needle nose pliers


  • Must be certified and documented to perform multi-pass, all position fillet and butt welds using SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding), GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding), FCAW (Flux Cored Arc Welding), or both for steel, and any process for stainless steel or nickel-based alloys, and for either aluminum alloys, copper-based alloys, or titanium alloys
  • Comprehensive, broad, and current knowledge of welding techniques, tools, and equipment
  • Technical training or higher degree preferred with a minimum of 7 years of Welding experience
  • Expert knowledge of and ability to use hand tools and instruments associated with the trade
  • 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 and improve quality-adjusted productivity
  • Enter and move through manholes, climb ladders, or both to reach and work inside confined spaces
  • Hands on experience with heavy metal/steel welding procedures in all positions
  • Basic mechanical knowledge and skill
  • Minimum of 7 years of career experience in Welding
  • Mirror welding/restricted access experience
  • Must be a steady, reliable worker
  • Must be able to follow and give instructions
  • Experienced with performing visual inspections of welds and fit-ups
  • Familiar with different forms of weld NDT and how specified NDT impacts selection and execution of weld processes
  • Must pass J-1 vision test and respirator fit test

* The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all inclusive. They represent typical elements of criteria necessary to successfully perform the job. Colonna’s Shipyard, Inc is an at will employer

1st Class Welder must qualify and maintain certifications as follows:

  • Safe handling, use, and storage of gasses/Safe work practices/Safety harness
  • Safe welding practices (29 CFR 1915)
  • Hot work and Firewatch
  • Structural (AWS or ABS/MIL) and at least one pipe welding WPQs
  • SMAW and FCAW in Mild steel, High Strength CH (EH 36), or HY/HSLA 80 or 100
  • SAW or GMAW in Steel
  • Any process, including weld overlay cladding, in stainless steel or nickel-based alloys and either aluminum alloys, copper-based alloys, or titanium alloys
  • Welder Workmanship Training
  • Groove welds exhibiting no more than 2% volumetric defects and no more than 1.5% surface defects requiring rework
  • Up to 5/16-inch single-pass fillets and multi-pass fillets in all positions exhibiting no more than 1.5% surface discontinuities requiring rework
  • Air-arc and plasma arc back gouges, cutting, and weld preparation of steel
  • Welds (structural and pipe) and weld repairs in confined or restricted-access work spaces
  • Devise, cut and install strong-backs or bracing, stagger welds, or both sufficient to control weld distortion independently

1st Class Welder must qualify and maintain certifications as follows:

  • Blueprint reading including fluency in reading and interpreting AWS and MIL-STD-22 weld symbols and surface finish requirements
  • CSI work instructions which may include:
  • Lock-out/Tag-out
  • Confined space practices
  • Oil spill response
  • Safe tank opening practices
  • All aspects of WPS including preheat or post-weld heat treatment requirements for different base metals and thicknesses, how to adjust machine settings/travel speed to make single-pass fillets up to 5/16-inch in any position, comply with heat input restrictions, and so on
  • Chemist and Competent Persons reports
  • Various government and commercial fabrication codes or standards, which may include
  • Vessel repair specifications
  • NAVSEA Standard Items/Technical Publications “TP248”
  • Coast Guard Standard Specifications
  • AWS Codes including D1.1, D1.2, and D1.6 minimum
  • ABS Rules
  • AISC Standards


On-Site Machinist

Essential Duties & Functions:

Must have an advanced leader’s knowledge and full qualification with the following:

  • Blueprint reading / technical writing- reports & records
  • Familiarity with measuring tools such as micrometers, height gauges, vernier calipers, and dividing heads
  • Operate machine tools in varying tolerances according to need (from ½ thousands upwards)
  • Familiarity with maintenance and repair the portable machines tools
  • Experienced with the use of hoisting and rigging equipment for heavy pieces such as forklifts and chain falls
  • Disassembled parts storage (bag and tag)
  • System tolerance determination and application
  • Rudders and Steering systems to include: blue checking and fitting, piano wire alignment method, stock straightness determination, hydraulic and pneumatic controls
  • Bearings and Bushings to include: lubrication types and methods, piano wire fit and alignment method, dial indicator alignment
  • Engines, Motors, and Generators: diesel engines, gas or steam turbines, generators, motors, reduction gears, clutches, PTO’s, mount arrangements, systems flushing, heat exchanger (shell/tube and plate/frame), heat exchanger and systems leak testing
  • Propulsion Shafting to include: CPP shafting, hydraulic couplings, clearance (water bearings), wear downs (oil bearings), Piano wire alignment method, dial indicator alignment, FRP spark test, bearing contact determination, shaft straightness (run out) determination
  • Seals to include: gaskets, packing, and “O”-rings, lips & labyrinth, mechanical, tightness testing
  • Valve work: leak testing, seat types, packing/gasketing/lubrication, lapping, seat types (materials and types),
  • Propellers to include: Keyed, Tapered, Flanged & Key fits- Solid and Built, CPP Systems, Polishing
  • K. Pumps to include: Valving (internal & external), Bearing & Sealing arrangements, Alignment (dial indicator & laser)
  • Instruct lower classes of machinists; manage work/personnel assignments; requisition of job materials;
  • Deck machinery: gear boxes, bearings/seal arrangements, alignments, drivers (electric, mechanical, or hydraulic), sheaves, cables, turrets, booms
  • Safety: safe handling/use/storage of gasses; safe work practices; PPE; tank safe opening practices; lock-out/tag-out; confined space practices; respirator/harness fit; oil spill response

Must have knowledge in the following:

  • Vessel repair specifications
  • NAVSEA standard items
  • Coast Guard specifications
  • Machinery’s handbook
  • OEM and other technical manuals (working manuals)
  • Propulsion RG, couplings & clutches- NSTM 241
  • Propulsion shafting- NSTM 243
  • Propulsion bearings & seals- NSTM 244
  • Pumps- NSTM 503
  • ABS rules 7.5 tail shaft surveys

All applicants must be able to obtain a Rapid Gate due to the location of the job & have OSHA 10 card in hand.


On-Site Machinist Supervisor

Essential Duties & Functions

  • Follow company and safety policies and issues by attending and participating in meetings and training sessions
  • 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
  • Monitors team members’ production to ensure work processes are in compliance with company standards
  • Review and monitor labor/productivity logs and reports
  • Prepares progress reports
  • Train new team members in safe and proper work techniques and in use of supplies, materials and equipment
  • Assist in production planning; determine work level volumes and order of priority according to customer needs and demand
  • Set an example to other team members by demonstrating the proper procedures and processes to follow and leading by example
  • Use mathematical and mechanical reasoning to solve problems by making calculations to fabricate and repair parts to specification
  • Prepare for shift by performing machine inspection
  • Inspect finished work by performing visual examination, measuring part for conformance to specification, signing off on work orders, scribing parts, and placing on skid
  • Determine order of fabrication for parts by reviewing work order
  • Perform daily preventive maintenance by checking site glass to determine lubricant is adequate, adding lubricants and documenting checklist
  • Identify unsatisfactory parts by making visual examination to identify defects or deformities, and correcting defect or rejecting by documenting work order and sending to others for correction
  • Inform supervisor/manager of problems and operational concerns that arise; participate in trouble shooting and problem resolution
  • Communicate work flow/productivity to team members on alternate shifts and team leaders as required
  • 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
  • Fully participate in continuous process improvement and cost control
  • Performs other duties as assigned within the scope and responsibility required of the job
  • Use various hand and power tools for the completion of job tasks
  • Work independently to complete responsibilities
  • Must have regular, reliable attendance


  • Must be able to read and comprehend blueprints, drawings and other technical trade related documents
  • Must communicate well, written and verbally
  • Mechanical ability, manual dexterity, and hand/eye coordination required to perform various projects, per drawings, sketches, and verbal or written instructions
  • Skilled in the selection, set-up and operation of the appropriate tool(s) for a given type of work
  • Technical training preferred
  • Must be able to work effectively with others
  • Must be a steady, reliable worker
  • Previous, successful supervisory experience required, a minimum of 5 years preferred
  • Successful career experience with the machining trade

All applicants must be able to obtain a Rapid Gate due to the location of the job & have OSHA 10 card in hand.


Steel and Fabrication Estimator

Essential Duties & Functions

  • 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
  • Ensure cost estimates are accurate prior to the submission to Estimating Manager for review and pricing
  • 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
  • Prepare & review insurance/bond request
  • Recommend pricing strategy and contract terms to enable contract negotiations+
  • Solicit pricing from material vendors and subcontractors
  • Assist in marketing efforts and follow up of potential customers for work quoted but not contracted.
  • Work with minimal supervision to complete responsibilities
  • Must have regular, reliable attendance
  • Other duties as assigned


  • 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.
  • Hands on experience with FAR, DFAR, and various types of contracts (FFP & T&M) a plus
  • Strong problem solving and negotiation skills.
  • General knowledge of AWS, AISC, ABS and ASME code/certification requirements.
  • Knowledge of respective market area, client opportunities, and competitors.
  • Strong PC skills to include Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and Outlook) and AutoCAD
  • Project management, painting, and machine shop experience is a plus
  • Knowledge of NAVSEA, NAVFAC and SSPC requirements are preferred but not required


Tig & Flux Core Welder

Essential Duties & Functions

  • 2+ years experience as a welder
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check and US Citizenship**
  • Must be available to work overtime

We are accepting recent graduates from weld school, applicants must however have experience with Tig and their own tools

**due to working at this specific location

Welding Qualifications:

  • Must pass a FCAW weld test 3/8″ Horizontal, 1″ Vertical & O/H
  • Must pass a TIG weld test 1″ Vertical & O/H