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Job Description

Responsible for leading all metals and outfitting activities including estimating, planning, and directing the execution of projects. In addition, in coordination with project and department managers develop, and execute project plans for welding and outfitting associated with new construction, repair, and refit projects. Ensures projects are completed on time and within budget.

Essential Job Functions

  1. Lead all activities of the metals department, established procedures, and approved processes.
  2. Drive continuous improvement, use lean techniques, and actively research new techniques and processes to shorten production duration while ensuring Burger standards of quality are consistently maintained.
  3. Actively involved in hiring new metals employees, evaluating employees, and making recommendations for advancement or discipline.
  4. Provide budgetary estimates for new build and rework/refit projects.
  5. Plan, schedule and coordinate departmental activities to fulfill project schedule demands and deliver finished products on time and within budget.
  6. Manage all safety and environmental policies and procedures in the department.
  7. Coordinate work with all manufacturing departments, including Purchasing, Millwork, Coatings, Mechanical, Electrical, etc., to assure cohesive overall project execution.
  8. Keep the project manager apprised of changes to scheduled execution dates.
  9. Ability to locate, retrieve and disseminate information from blueprints and other engineering drawings.
  10. Ensure completed work meets the established and historical standards for quality.
  11. Work with subcontractors to coordinate materials and monitor execution and quality.
  12. Other duties as may be assigned.


  • Demonstrate excellent ability to work in a “team” environment and share knowledge of discipline-specific work both vertically and horizontally across the organization.
  • Demonstrate skills in team building, mentoring for individual associate growth, and developing a culture of innovation and learning.
  • Ability to make well-formed, rational decisions and demonstrate the skill of problem-solving within the framework of organizational policies and procedures.

Decision Making

Exercise administrative judgment on a continuous basis. Assume responsibility for decisions and their consequences and results impacting the people and quality of service within the department. This position supervises all personnel assigned to the metals and outfitting departments.


Must be an excellent communicator both verbally and in writing. Must provide positive and effective communications with employees, co-workers, suppliers, and vendors.


  • 3 to 5 years of supervisory experience
  • 5 years plus experience in metal fabrication and production that involved constructing and repairing metal structures.
  • Knowledge of regulatory requirements related to industrial welding operations.
  • Experience in the maritime or shipbuilding industry preferred.
  • 2-year Associate of Science degree in welding required, Bachelor of Science in same or related field desired.
  • Certified Welding Inspector or Certified Welding Educator, AWS.

Physical Requirements

This job routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, etc. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to paints, chemicals, fumes, or airborne particles, moving mechanical parts, and other production operations. The noise level in the work environment and job sites can be loud.

This job operates in the shipyard manufacturing environment. This role routinely uses the personal protective equipment, tools, machinery, and products used in the welding department. The position also requires regular visits to the production floor with climbing of stairs and inspection of items in tight spaces.

The employee is required to sit; climb or balance, and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

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