Technical Training Supervisor 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:  Sr. Manager Workforce Development

SUPERVISES:  Craft Instructors

SUMMARY: Lead a team of instructors who exercise authority over the weld qualification process and all craft training at the Maritime Training Center (MTC) or in the field. This role is also responsible for managing material/consumable inventories and all tool room stock.



  • Manage all craft training programs at a tactical level and oversee all MTC activity, especially floor activity
  • Assist in the design, implementation, evaluation and improvement of craft training curricula and processes
  • Oversee and ensure accuracy and compliance of weld qualification processes and documentation
  • Assist in the development and implementation of quality metrics
  • Assist in identifying and implementing projects that improve overall production quality and efficiency
  • Ensure relevance and correct priority of curricula and services offered by maintaining close contact with all customer bases
  • Develop, implement and manage projects to support training initiatives on the floor at the MTC



  • Lead by example  
  • Implement the Ten Fundamentals of Supervision and maintain a positive work environment
  • Ensure working environment is conducive to worker productivity and safety
  • Make weekly/daily assignments and monitor progress and performance of staff and trainees and provide weekly progress reports
  • Monitor timekeeping and verify hours
  • Encourage effective communications and flexibility within the team and gain an understanding of each individual strengths, weaknesses, needs and problems
  • Enhance and encourage skill development of staff through formal means and/or mentoring
  • Provide motivation, maintain a high level of morale and minimize unproductive confrontation
  • Provide constant feedback to the Manager regarding all personnel issues that may impact worker productivity


  • Plan material requirements and ensure sufficient material is on hand
  • Initiate requisitions for manager’s approval
  • Track the status of material requests
  • Ensure economic use of materials and consumables
  • Maximize use of scrap, both in house and that procured from production
  • Coordinate with production the preparation of materials as required


  • Control and maintain records of company equipment and machinery that falls under the purview of ATT
  • Ensure planned and unplanned maintenance is performed and tracked on all equipment


  • Maintain full compliance with all company safety directives
  • Ensure staff maintains a safe working environment
  • Ensure all new students/testers receive a safety briefing

Quality Control

  • Prior to release, ensure all students have met learning objectives and/or are competent to perform in production
  • Implement and maintain quality standards and procedures
  • Inspect any work performed on behalf of production
  • Identify and record problems and initiate or recommend corrective action


  • Ensure your teams housekeeping is maintained and promoted
  • Maintain a lean work environment
  • Perform periodic 5S audits

This position description is not intended to be all-inclusive.  Other duties and responsibilities will be assigned as needed

TOOLS: All tools and equipment as required for tasks and computer applications including Microsoft Office suite, as well as Workday timekeeping, certifications, and learning management modules

DISCRETION EXERCISED:  Authority to correct, discipline, evaluate, recommend pay raises and assign work

LIAISES WITH:  Production, Human Resources, Customer Representatives, External Technical School Personnel and Vendors


  • High School diploma or GED required
  • Six (6) years’ experience in shipbuilding or construction related field with a mix of craft and supervisory experience.
  • Experience in NDT methods such as Visual Testing (VT), Penetrant Testing (PT), and Radiographic Interpretation RI required
  • Four (4) years’ experience in craft training or instruction.
  • NDT qualification required within 90 days of employment or transfer: VT and PT Level II (SNT-TC-1A)
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Experience with technical manuals, procedures, and quality management systems required
  • Strong fitting and welding background in GMAW, GTAW, FCAW, SMAW processes required
  • CWE,CWS, or CWI preferred
  • Experience with automatic or robotic welding is preferred   
  • Good written, oral communication and organization skills
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Ability to work with Production in the Production work environment


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.
  • Ability to project ones voice and speak clearly and concisely in a classroom setting


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


  • Candidates must meet the following employment eligibility guidelines to be eligible for employment with Austal USA:
    • 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
    • Willing to submit to a drug screen
    • Willing to submit to a background check
    • 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