A shipfitter basically puts metal components where they need to be in order to build a ship. They cut and weld metal pieces together in order to build the structure of the ship.
Completing a trade school program or a two-year college program in welding technology is likely required to obtain this position. Some larger organizations provide their own training programs to teach welding to new employees.
Demand for these positions will be dependent upon geographic location. Areas with shipbuilding organizations will obviously have greater opportunities for this position....but you already know that, don't you! :)
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A shipfitter will likely work in a very hot, sometimes uncomfortable environment. At times, welding in very tight spaces may be necessary. Being in good physical condition is definitely a plus...so don't cancel that gym membership!
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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada