Manager – Welding Engineering and Quality Control

The Manager, Welding Engineering and Quality Control is responsible for ensuring all welding performed is in alignment with the standards specified. This includes the planning and execution of quality control, and subsequent applicable re-work strategies. The Manager also coordinates all welding engineering activities in support of vessel repair and construction activities.  This includes Naval vessel’s (surface and submarines), Coast Guard, BC Ferries and commercial operators. This position leads all aspects of the development, certification and maintenance of all weld procedures. The Manager also provides technical mentorship for joint designs, welding rates, distortion control, equipment evaluations, and weld quality to various  departments.
The position analyses actual welding rates and works with production personnel to improve weld quality and productivity. The position is the primary collaboration with the Canadian Welding Bureau and regulatory bodies for issues related to welding and/or weld quality.


  • Develop and certify new welding procedures  as required to improve welding quality, efficiency and contract requirements
  • Supervise and provide guidance on the preparation of welding procedure specifications and procedure data sheets for related procedures
  • Supervise and provide guidance on the development of procedure qualification records to record variables during welding of test assemblies
  • Monitor and/or perform periodic reviews of welding practices in accordance with Canadian Standards Association W 47.1 requirements
  • Supervise the monitoring of shipyard weld quality. Advise trades and area management of quality issues and work with them to resolve work not in accordance with standards, specifications and contract requirements
  • Oversee the continuous review of welding procedures. Implement improvements in processes and materials to improve both quality and productivity
  • Provide guidance to the Technical Department for joint designs of structural and piping systems and guidance/direction regarding proper weld sequencing to reduce distortion and improve accuracy
  • Act as primary communication with CWB and regulatory bodies
  • Act as primary collaboration with retained welding engineers
  • Monitor and report shipyard welding performance by data collection and analysis on actual labour hours, arc times, consumable usage and other pertinent variables
  • Evaluate welding equipment and filler materials for suitability. Document findings and provide recommendations to Supply Chain Management for procurement
  • Monitor trends in the industry and implement welding standard methodologies
  • Resolve production welding issues. Support initiatives to improve productivity, reduce rework and improve quality across all shipyards


Education and Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree in Welding Engineering or Metallurgy
  • Experience as a welding engineer in a large manufacturing environment, preferably in the shipbuilding/ship repair industry
  • Supervision/management experience
  • A Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) registered or qualified to register with EGBC
  • Current valid CWB CSA W178.2 level 2 Welding Inspector Certification (or international equivalent such as AWS CWI)
  • CWB Approved Welding Engineer is preferred


Skills, Knowledge and Required Competencies

  • Extensive knowledge of welding processes: shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), flux cored arc welding (FCAW), metal cored arc welding (MCAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW), submerged arc welding (SAW), gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), and stud welding
  • Extensive knowledge of welding metallurgy, CSA, ABS, Lloyd’s, DNV-GL and other regulatory requirements related to welding and fabrication in the marine industry
  • Extensive knowledge of non-destructive weld test processes and procedures including, but not limited to, visual, radiographic, ultrasonic, die penetrant and mag particle
  • Proven competence in evaluating weld test specimens including bend tests, macro-etch specimens, tensile tests, Charpy V-notch, etc.
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Ability to work productively in a matrix organization that supports several different trades and areas of the shipyard
  • Solid understanding of shipbuilding construction methods and procedures
  • Familiarity with ship systems including structural, mechanical, piping, electrical and coatings
  • Strong technical capability to read and interpret complex specifications and detailed engineering drawings
  • Strong problem-solving skills, analytical abilities and interpersonal skills
  • Strong customer service focus
  • Strong initiative, creativity and integrity
  • Excellent interpersonal skills both written and verbal
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excellent computer skills including Word/Excel/PowerPoint
  • Proven ability to multi-task, prioritize and problem solve
  • Good judgment and reasoning skills
  • Ability to work with limited direction and to function as a key team member
  • Ability to obtain Industrial Security – NATO Secret designation


Job Category: Engineering
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Victoria (Canada)

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