Seattle Shipyard Laborer Journeyman are responsible for vessel preparation, general clean-up, and dry-docking operations.


  • Independently work and complete projects to Foss and Industry standards will little to no supervision; takes ownership and accountability of work assignments and task.
  • Able to work well in a team, collaborate on complex task, and communicate project requirements.
  • Demonstrate an uncompromising commitment to safety.
  • Regular and predictable attendance; reports to work on time, on a regular basis and returns promptly from breaks and meal periods.
  • Read and interpret plans, instructions, and specifications to determine work activities.
  • Perform basic mathematics and take measurements.
  • Perform basic checks and test to ensure equipment is working properly.
  • Ability to read and comprehend Competent Person Board.
  • Maintain organization and housekeeping in work area and shop.
  • Operate basic construction equipment.
  • Foss will provide training and certification as needed.
  • Enter and move through manholes to reach and work in internally confined spaces.
  • Transverse gangways and scaffolding at varying heights.
  • May be required to travel to jobsites away from Shipyard and utilize company vehicle.


  • Clean and prepare sites to eliminate possible hazards; performs general clean-up activities, such as: sweeping, mopping, washing windows, and removal of rubble and debris (List Not All-Inclusive).
  • Clean chemicals and oils out of marine vessels and shore tanks.
  • Set-up, tear-down, and maintain blasting equipment.
  • Directs blast of abrasive-laden compressed air against metal or hard-composition objects to remove adhering scale, paint, rust, and dirt.
  • Set-up, tear-down, and maintain pressure washing equipment.
  • Directs blast of highly pressurized water against metal or hard-composition objects to remove adhering scale, paint, rust, and dirt.
  • Stacking, un-stacking, and movement of various materials across the Shipyard.
  • Rough paint work such as marking material for identification.


This position generally requires 3-5 years’ strong labor experience, preferably within the maritime industry. Graduate of an apprenticeship program or trade school preferred. Must be a union member in good standing, or join union upon hiring in.