Pipe Supervisor in San Diego, CA at Austal

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San Diego, CA

Job Description

REPORTS TO: Pipe Foreman

SUPERVISES: Pipe department personnel



  • Implement the Ten Fundamentals of Supervision
  • Ensure working environment is conducive to worker comfort and safety
  • Set and monitor time goals for all tasks
  • Monitor work performance of staff daily and undertake assessments as required
  • Enhance and encourage skill development of staff
  • Monitor timekeeping and verify hours
  • Encourage effective communications and flexibility within the team and gain an understanding of their needs and problems
  • Provide motivation, maintain a high level of morale and minimize confrontation
  • Ensure on-the-job training and instruction is provided for trainees and apprentices
  • Provide feedback to Foreman on performance and recruitment requirements
  • Provide constant feedback to Foreman regarding: Quality, Cost, Delivery, Safety, Morale


  • Plan material requirements
  • Generate requisitions for Foreman’s approval to be obtained from stock yard
  • Ensure the economic use of materials and consumables to meet targets of quality and material elimination


  • Control and maintain records of company equipment and machinery under his control
  • Ensure regular maintenance of company equipment and machinery is undertaken in conjunction with the relevant Department.


  • Ensure a safe working environment is maintained
  • Attend to injuries of staff and follow up with necessary paperwork


  • Ensure your team’s housekeeping is maintained and promoted

Quality Control

  • Inspect work and ensure quality is maintained during all phases of work
  • Inspect and sign off all completed work
  • Implement and maintain quality standards, check sheets and procedures
  • Ensure company policies and procedures are understood and adhered to
  • Identify and record problems and initiate or recommend corrective action to your Foreman
  • Shall notify Foreman when a system or equipment is ready for survey and then the Foreman shall re-inspect the area with the supervisor


  • Plan future work
  • Provide input for production schedules and provide weekly updates
  • Actively plan and implement production improvements
  • Set daily goals, monitor progress throughout the day and report status to Foreman before end of shift
  • Ensure every effort is made to reach agreed milestone and production schedule dates
  • Demonstrate proven commitment to Austal’s company goals


  • A minimum of three years ship building experience or five years in a relevant field.
  • A good practical understanding of how ships and associated components or systems are fabricated or assembled
  • Possesses the ability to schedule and monitor tasks
  • Basic computer skills, Outlook, excel beneficial but not essential.
  • Experience in achieving schedule dates and budgets.
  • Ability to read and understand blueprints
  • Ability to ensure his direct reports work complies with the Austal pipe standards book
  • High School diploma or equivalent required

TOOLS: Not applicable

DIRECTION EXERCISED: Authority to assign work to employees.

DISCRETION EXERCISED: Discretionary authority to correct, discipline and recommend pay increases.

LIAISES WITH:  Other supervisors, Logistics supervisors, surveyors, Human Resources Staff, Project and Engineering departments

ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES:  Candidates must be able to provide proof of US Person status.

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:

1.         Must have the ability to bend, squat, stoop, crawl, and kneel.

2.         Perform prolonged standing.

3.         Ability to turn head from side to side and about the vertical axis.

4.         Ability to turn body at the waist from side to side and about the vertical axis.

5.         Lift/push/pull 50lbs to 75lbs on an occasional basis.

6.         Lift/push/pull up to 20lbs on a frequent basis.

7.         Must have the ability to climb in a safe manner (climbing as a minimum includes stairs, scaffolding, ladders, and ramps).

8.         Ability to work at heights above 12’ while working from ladders, scaffolding and/or man lifts.

9.         Able to work at a variety of levels (ex. waist, eye, overhead).

10.       Demonstrate the ability to safely and appropriately use required tools and equipment.

11.       Demonstrate good balance while working on uneven surfaces and maneuvering obstacles.

12.       Possess sufficient handgrip and coordination to carry and operate tools and equipment.

13.       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.

14.       Ability to withstand cold and hot temperatures.

15.       Ability to enter 18” x 36” openings and work in confined spaces for prolonged periods of time.

16.       Able to respond to verbal and audible sounds/commands.

17.       Able to utilize adequate visual skills.

18.       Ability to fully extend the arm while reaching overhead, reaching out, reaching to the side and reaching down.

19.       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 whole 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, moving mechanical parts, high precarious places, outside weather conditions, and extreme heat.  The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes and/or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and heat and cold.  The noise level in the work environment is usually very loud.


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


30.99 - 38.73 USD Hourly


Equal Employment Commitment

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.