Shipbuilding Foreman

Website Serco

Job Highlights

Title Shipbuilding Foreman
Type Full Time
Experience 5 Years
Function Management/Manufacturing
Location Marinette, WI, United States
Company Serco

Company Profile

Serco is one of the world’s largest providers of public services to Governments. It operates in five sectors of public service provision i.e. Health, Transport, Justice & Immigration, Defense, and Citizens Services.

Job Profile

The company is hiring a Shipbuilding Foreman to join its team.

Education Level

Work Experience

  • 5 years of experience working with engineering, production, and quality control in a shipyard environment.
  • Experience with a variety of software applications on PC to include working knowledge of Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Experience in Navy QA processes and related reporting requirements.
  • Experience working with military programs (preferred).
  • Related shipyard experiences in journeyman, management, estimating, and progressing.
  • Mid-level and above experience in using Microsoft Suite Tools.
  • Prior heavy fabrication and welding experience; in addition, inspection and quality control experience in Navy shipbuilding or repair programs.


  • Anticipate and report challenges to completing both fabrication work and welded joints using the planned methods, processes, and procedures based on personal observation, experience, and skills.
  • Assist with Serco’s documentation process for field observations and related datakeeping.
  • Be able to alert production team leadership of potential issues and propose solutions when possible. Work closely with SUPSHIP SMEs and Quality counterparts sharing information and technical support.
  • Be aware of overall production processes at the shipyard and its subcontractor facilities, particularly relating to fabrication and welding activities including any flame straightening and repair cycles.
  • Conduct daily surveys of structure fabrication and assembly work areas, making observations of plate cutting, plate joining by fitting and welding, panel layout markings, positioning, alignment of panel stiffeners, and fitting/welding frames, beams, girders, and other structural members.
  • Conduct field surveys and inspections of handling processes, positioning and alignment, module support blocking procedures, and also periodically check dimensional accuracy as structural subassemblies move further down the production line and are combined to form modules and grand modules.
  • Conduct physical inspections/surveys of panels, subassemblies, and modules under construction and develop/report estimates of physical percent completion progress values.
  • Contribute to the shipyards and the Navy’s success by helping to ensure that fabrication and welding processes are being correctly carried out.
  • Determine the status of overall production progress for completed and inspected welds on panels, subassemblies, modules, and master butt welds on the hull.
  • Develop and provide recommendations for process improvements, based on daily observations of structural fabrication and welding work at the Frigate work areas.
  • Develop comparative evaluations of shipyard processes to validate the most effective and efficient methods being employed.
  • Draft reports of conditions found and recommended solutions when known.
  • Maintain a general awareness of structural components in fabrication (both onsite and offsite) and have a working knowledge of events in progress.
  • Prepare weekly and monthly status reports to Serco’s Task Lead documenting work activity, challenges encountered, and recommended corrective actions.
  • Record results of daily survey observations, using written reports and photos as needed, and prepare presentable information for higher levels of management up to and including the Navy’s Program Manager.
  • Serve as a liaison between the Serco on-site team and both SUPSHIP and Navy Program Office technicians.
  • Use experience, personal observation, and knowledge to identify emergent issues that could be non-compliant with specifications or affect the production schedule.


  • A working knowledge of shipyards and shipbuilding activities.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret security clearance post-hire.
  • Ability to read drawings and read/interpret specifications and standards documents.
  • Ability to work well with multiple organizations & FFG stakeholders in a high-stakes production environment.
  • General understanding of subcontractor flow-down requirements.
  • NDT Level I or higher certification.
  • Related shipyard experiences in journeyman, management, estimating, and progressing.
  • up to 10% travel may be required for this role.
  • Working knowledge of NAVSEA Tech Manuals, Publications, and MIL-STDS.
  • Working knowledge of weld inspection methods including VT, MT, PT, RT & UT.

Desired Qualifications

  • Ability to work well with a variety of personnel from floor-level shipyard production, SUPSHIP, and with senior Navy leadership.
  • Accuracy control experience, including module alignment and hull surveying processes to verify/demonstrate keel straightness or to document/identify/report any deviations from the hull’s molded dimensions. (Firsthand knowledge and experience are preferred).
  • Heavy lift, rollover, and transport of assemblies, modules, and grand modules as well as final erection and alignment, including various blocking methods.

Employer’s Statement

Serco is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversifying our workforce (race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, and vets).

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