Friction Stir Weld Operator II in Mobile, AL at Austal

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Mobile, AL

Job Description

Any qualified individual with a disability who is having difficulty in completing an application because of incompatible technology or other disability-related application issues may contact us at the following phone number for assistance: 251-445-1932.
Austal shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR §§ 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status or disability.  Austal’s commitment to equal employment opportunity applies at all levels of employment, in all job titles, including the executive level, and to all employment actions, including but not limited to decisions concerning recruitment, hiring, training, and promotion. 

REPORTS TO:  FSW Supervisor


JOB SUMMARY:  Operates the friction stir weld (FSW) machine and serves as the subject matter expert consistently generating quality product at the optimum level.


  • Monitors overall accuracy, quality and pace of FWS machine output – from prepping, loading, welding, and unloading to documentation. Provides guidance to supervisor and team for improvements in these areas.
  • Ensures operational paperwork is accurately completed in accordance with policy and procedure.
  • Serves as FSW machine subject matter expert (SME) and assists in the team’s/department’s utilization and knowledge development.
  • Troubleshoots material and machine issues escalating corrective courses of action to supervisor and other departments as needed, i.e. Site Services.
  • Validates machine and tool setup is satisfactory based on job specifications, weld procedures and tool precision.
  • Operators machine by calling up machine programing, interpreting machine code commands and changing machine code to properly execute work. This includes, but is not limited to, running and interpreting LDVT and Z comp tables.
  • Monitors data feedback from the weld machine identifying required adjustments to machine or tool, i.e. material thickness changes, table leveling changes, etc.
  • Maintains paperwork used to document material processing and quality checks.
  • Records the correct details on the welding paperwork.
  • Monitors tool life in accordance with procedures – tracks linear meters of weld per tool, inspects tool per use, identifies tool defects, reviews quality assurance metrics – and provides feedback for maintaining optimal tool life.
  • Assesses finished work to ensure conformance to specifications.
  • Maintains working relationship with the Quality Assurance team to receive quality feedback of welded panels.
  • Correctly labels panels to the appropriate vessel – tracking PO number, heat or lot number, and thickness of the plate.
  • Ensures maximum weld time and minimal material waste.
  • Follows written and verbal instructions.
  • Maintains clean and orderly work area.
  • Works in a safe manner reporting any potential safety hazards to the supervisor.
  • Works any shift or extra hours when necessary.
  • May be assigned to complete tasks considered to be outside of craft.
  • Complies with company, federal, state, and local safety and environmental rules and regulations while performing work assignments.  
  • Complies with the Austal’s “Equal Opportunity and Anti-Harassment Policy” which expects that all relationships among persons in the workplace will be professional and free of bias, prejudice, and harassment.


  • Certificate/Completion from a technical trade school, applicable skilled trades program or apprenticeship. 2 years of experience in shipbuilding production or closely related industry may be considered in lieu of certificate/completion.
  • 4 years of experience in CNC operations OR 2 years of experience in CNC operations and 1 year of experience as Austal Friction Stir Weld Operator I.
  • Ability to pass FSW skills evaluation test to demonstrate welding ability.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate hydraulic clamping systems.
  • Good mechanical aptitude with ability to produce consistent quality. High level of pride in workmanship.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel.
  • Must be willing and have the ability to learn new software programs as needed.
  • Shipbuilding experience preferred.

TOOLS:  Maintain knowledge of tools and proper handling and usage per Supervisor and/or Foreman.



  • Leads the work of FSW Operator I and Trade Assistant.
  • Reviews technical adequacy of weld operations and directs courses of action required to make needed adjustments.
  • Trains Friction Stir Operator I and Trade Assistant according to established standards and procedures.

DISCRETION EXCERCISED:  May provide performance feedback to FSW Supervisor on Friction Stir Operator I and Trade Assistant.

LIASES WITH:  Friction Stir Weld, Quality Assurance, and Health, Safety & Environmental departments

ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES:  Candidate must meet Austal USA’s basic employment eligibility guidelines.

  • Must be Fully Vaccinated for COVID-19
  • 18 years of age or older at time of application
  • Able to provide proof of US Person Status
  • No felony convictions of Theft/Deception or Violent crimes within seven years from disposition date
  • No felony convictions of Drug crimes within three years from disposition date
  • Willing to submit to a drug screen
  • Willing to submit to a background check

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Must be able to tour all vessels and work sites.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, use hands to manipulate, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms, climb and balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to sit. 

Specific physical requirements include the following:

  • Must have the ability to bend, squat, stoop, crawl, and kneel.
  • Perform prolonged standing.
  • Ability to turn head from side to side and about the vertical axis.
  • Ability to turn body at the waist from side to side and about the vertical axis.
  • Lift/push/pull 50lbs to 75lbs on an occasional basis.
  • Lift/push/pull up to 20lbs on a frequent basis.
  • Must have the ability to climb in a safe manner (climbing as a minimum includes stairs, scaffolding, ladders, and ramps).
  • Ability to work at heights above 12’ while working from ladders, scaffolding and/or man lifts.
  • Able to work at a variety of levels (ex. waist, eye, overhead).
  • Demonstrate the ability to safely and appropriately use required tools and equipment.
  • Demonstrate good balance while working on uneven surfaces and maneuvering obstacles.
  • Possess sufficient handgrip and coordination to carry and operate tools and equipment.
  • Ability to utilize personal protective equipment (hard hat, safety glasses, steel-toes shoes, goggles, respirator, safety harness, safety line, flotation gear, etc.) safely per OSHA standards.
  • Ability to withstand cold and hot temperatures.
  • Ability to enter 18” x 36” openings and work in confined spaces for prolonged periods of time.
  • Able to respond to verbal and audible sounds/commands.
  • Able to utilize adequate visual skills.
  • Ability to fully extend the arm while reaching overhead, reaching out, reaching to the side and reaching down.
  • Ability to perceive attributes of an object/material such as size, shape, temperature and texture by means of receptors in the hands and fingers.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to humid conditions, bright flashing lights, moving mechanical parts, high precarious places, outside weather conditions, and extreme heat.  The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes and/or airborne particles at or below the PEL, toxic or caustic chemicals, and heat and cold.  The noise level in the work environment is usually very loud, + 90 dB.


Must comply with company, federal, state, and local safety and environmental rules and regulations while performing daily job tasks.