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Job Descriptions


Local 506 members work in the following occupations:


  • Lays out and fabricates metal structural parts, such as plates, bulkheads, and frames, and braces them in position within the hull of the ship for riveting or welding: Lays out position of parts on metal working from blueprints or templates and using scribe and hand tools.
  • Locates and marks reference lines, such as center, buttock, and frame lines.
  • Positions parts in hull of ship, assisted by RIGGER.
  • Aligns parts in relation to each other, using jacks, turnbuckles, clips, wedges, and mauls.
  • Marks location of holes to be drilled and installs temporary fasteners to hold part in place for welding or riveting.
  • Installs packing, gaskets, liners, and structural accessories and members, such as doors, hatches, brackets, and clips.
  • May prepare templates for fabrication of nonstandard parts.
  • May tack weld clips and brackets in place prior to permanent welding.
  • May roll, bend, flange, cut, and shape plates, beams, and other heavy metal parts, using shop machinery, such as plate rolls, presses, bending brakes, and joggle machines.

Journey person Welders:

  • Minimum of thirty (30) months verified welding experience, any documented training courses
  • Pass CWB, SMAW, FACW all position ticket
  • Demonstrate reasonable hand burning proficiency in all positions
  • Demonstrate reasonable air-gouging proficiency in all positions
  • And any other standards the parties mutually agree to in the future


Riggers are responsible for moving heavy loads between the dock and naval vessel by using the appropriate combination of cables, winches, nets and other rigging gear. They're responsible for determining the appropriate logistical techniques and points of suspension for each load transported. Riggers must be able to manufacture rigging gear, including slings and nets and must be experienced crane operators. Riggers frequently handle dock lines to assist vessels in docking and disembarking.


 A storesman is responsible for shipping and receiving, allocating supplies when requested by the various trades and keeping track of steel inventory and allocating supplies when needed.


  • Spray paints and sandblasts vessels using spray gun and sandblasting equipment: Cleans grease, dirt, dried concrete, old paint, and rust from equipment, using solvent, water, rags, brushes, pneumatic wire brush, and chipping hammer.
  • Cleans and prepares surface for painting, using air-powered sandblasting equipment.
  • Applies paper and masking tape to protect unpainted surfaces, such as windows and trim.
  • Stencils lettering and other identifying information on vehicles according to specifications.
  • Paints areas inaccessible to spray gun, using paint brush.
  • Disassembles paint and sandblasting equipment and cleans equipment, using solvent, wire brushes, and dry cloth.
  • Perform general labour duties, sweeping, power washing vessels, cleaning out tanks, etc.


Stagers erect and dismantle scaffolding to provide work platforms and handrails on vessels under construction or in for repairs,