Steel Superintendent

Why choose Seaspan?

Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards was recently selected under the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) to be Canada’s West Coast Centre of Excellence and long-term partner for the building of Non-Combat vessels. The $8 billion Non-Combat program will create stable work over the next decade and see the construction of 7 ships to start (3 Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels, 1 Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessels, 1 Polar Icebreaker and 2 Joint Support Ships). If you are passionate about shipbuilding like we are, you will jump at the chance to join our world-class yards and help build the next generation of vessels for the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Coast Guard. We can provide you with a rewarding and challenging career building state-of-the-art ships.

Your future career opportunity

The Steel Superintendent is responsible for management of all steel trade work for New Construction and Repair projects at Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd. (VSY). The position is responsible for budget, schedule, quality and safety performance of ship fitting and welding activities. Responsibilities include ensuring projects are appropriately manned and supervised to meet schedule and customer requirements, and all work is carried out in accordance with shipyard safety, quality, and ISO 9001:2000, 14001:2004 & OHSAS 18001 standards. The Steel Superintendent is responsible to hire, train and provide qualified steel trade workers requested by Subassembly, Block Assembly, Outfit, Erection and Repair Superintendents. The Steel Superintendent develops and implements steel work procedures, and analyzes and recommends tools, equipment, jigs, and fixtures for implementation.   The position provides leadership and direction for continuous process improvement in the Shipfitting and Welding departments, and fosters an attitude of co-operation with other VSY departments.

Functional Reporting Relationship

The Steel Superintendent reports to the Director, Operations. The position has three direct reports: Repair Steel Foreman, New Construction Steel Foreman, and Welding Foreman. Charge-hands support the respective foreman in each functional area.

Scope and Complexity

The position scope includes daily management of all steel activities at VSY. The position directly supervises and provides daily guidance to the Repair Steel Foreman, New Construction Steel Foreman, and Welding Foreman. The position requires significant interaction with senior management, supporting departments, equipment suppliers, owner’s representatives, regulatory bodies and union leaders.

The role of Steel Superintendent is complex due to the size of the department, need to interact in a matrix type organization, and provide trained and certified employees in support of production schedules. The position also requires fostering continuous process improvement, understanding specifications, complying with structural standards, monitoring equipment trends and improving work methods.   The Steel Superintendent organizes workloads and adjusts priorities so that budget, schedules and customer requirements are achieved. Errors or misjudgments could result in injury or death, rework, delay in schedule, and/or additional cost to project, customer dissatisfaction, union grievances and damage to equipment or facilities.   


  • Manages cost, schedule, quality and safety for all Steel Department operations by monitoring budgets, providing skilled and efficient resources, ensuring workmanship meets quality standards and ensuring compliance with VSY safety procedures.
  • Manages the hiring, training and deployment of qualified ship fitters and welders to the Subassembly, Block Assembly, Outfit, Erection, and Repair superintendents.
  • Allocates manpower to projects in accordance project schedules and priorities, and ensures workers have the requisite skill for assigned tasks.
  • Monitors work progress with the Repair, New Construction Steel and Welding Foremen to assess job status. Provides guidance, direction and corrective action where required to ensure Company and Customer expectations are met.
  • Leads process improvement and safetyinitiatives for the Steel Department.
  • Ensure that a strong safety culture is instilled within the Steel Department.
  • Provides input in new projects by actively participating in build strategy development, project schedules and cost estimates.
  • Analyzes tools, equipment, jigs and fixtures for application to VSY operations. Provides recommendations to the Director, Operations.
  • Specifies and assists Purchasing Department in procuring consumable materials for fabrication and welding processes.
  • Maintains departmental records including certifications and training records.
  • Conducts regular maintenance and safety inspections of equipment, facilities and work sites ensuring deficiencies are quickly rectified.  
  • Maintains and develops ISO procedures for steel operations.
  • Ensures departmental Earned Value Management System (EVMS) reporting is timely and accurate, and supervisors are appropriately trained in system requirements.
  • Ensures compliance with union agreement and WCB regulations.
  • Improves departmental skill and productivity by liaising with supervisor in assessing skill and work habits of individual employees. Initiates training as required.
  • Maintains positive relationships with customers by communicating scope of work, progress, material and workmanship.
  • Works with disability and rehabilitation consultants in assisting injured employees return to work by selecting appropriate tasks and conditions.

Job Requirements

To be successful in this role, you offer:

Education and Experience

  • High School diploma.
  • Trade qualification ticket in steel fabrication, ship fitting or welding.
  • 8+ years supervisory experience in marine structural fabrication.
  • Experience managing a large multi-discipline project driven workforce.  

Skills and Knowledge and Required Competencies

  • Detailed knowledge of steel construction fitting and welding procedures.
  • Ability to read and interpret complex technical specifications and drawings.
  • Detailed knowledge of modern manufacturing concepts including work cell layout, quality control, accuracy control, just-in-time production, etc.
  • Knowledge of and experience with “lean” manufacturing processes.
  • Knowledge of shipbuilding terminology, methods and procedures.
  • Demonstrated competency in development and qualification of weld procedures.
  • Excellent technical, analytical, problem solving, communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to conduct business in a professional and ethical manner.
  • Strong verbal and written skills.
  • Competent in use of Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Knowledge of certification process under the CSA Standards W47.1/W47.2M.
  • Knowledge of regulatory body rules and their application to both repair and new construction projects.
  • Ability to conduct inspection of VSY’s projects to meet SMC S.O.P. standards.
  • Knowledge of welding equipment as stated by CSA standards.

On offer to you

The opportunity to make your mark is at Seaspan – both in career advancement and in building a legacy of ships for the Canadian Navy and Coast Guard. Seaspan is a progressive employer with a collaborative culture that supports health, safety and diversity.

Seaspan offers an attractive remuneration package with pension contributions and medical benefits. We also offer a generous relocation package to ensure a smooth transition for you and your family to Vancouver, including travel and moving costs for you and your family. Seaspan will also support and fund work permit or permanent residency applications.

All applications are treated in the strictest of confidence.

No agencies please.

Contact Person: Dan Southern - Phone: (604) 990-3179

Email Address: [email protected]


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