Employment Opportunities


Pipe Shop Manager

NBBB has been building boats on beautiful Whidbey Island since 1964. We are located in Freeland, WA where we produce state-of-the-art vessels; tugs, ferries, fire boats, fishing vessels, barges, dinner boats, along with many other sophisticated ships. Just an hour away from the yard is the thriving Seattle metropolitan area. We build an astonishing variety of vessels. We lead in adopting innovative marine technology to serve our customers' needs.

We are seeking a Pipe Shop Manager who will lead the efforts of Pipefitters and Pipe Welders under his/her supervision.   The new manager will be immediately thrust into a heavy workload situation in which the pipe shop will be needing to make up needed ground on several projects.   We are seeking one who can effectively and rapidly gain the confidence and trust of the current team of skilled pipe shop personnel to achieve ambitious build schedules. 

Reporting directly to the Shipyard’s Director of Manufacturing, you will direct and supervise the planning, lay-out, installation, testing and repair of all types of piping systems in accordance with all applicable plans, specifications, codes, and industry standard.  You will plan and coordinate the efforts of Pipefitters and Pipe Welders under your supervision and motivate them to accomplish the work safely, correctly, and efficiently. You will coordinate and supervise all aspects of the construction and overhaul process for piping systems including defining the project scope, goals and deliverables that support build strategy and key event schedule.

We are seeking a leader who can take our lean and progressive shipbuilding practices and processes to the next level and enhance quality, productivity and efficiency. 

Key Roles & Responsibilities

• Manage project expectations with team members and vendors to ensure quality and safety standards are met and that work is being performed as scheduled within contract specifications. Identify and expedite the resolution of design, material, grouping, scheduling, manpower, or other problems that could risk accomplishment of critical path work.
• Provides supervision to assigned employees which may also include supervisors. Supervision includes assignment to tasks, assuring completion of tasks within deadlines, resolving conflicts, and motivating optimal performance from department trades and support staff.
• Manage cost performance within AOR, to include determination of overtime requirements and identification/management of cost drivers.
• Assess all growth work and/or funded change orders to ensure funding is authorized and work is integrated and achievable within schedule. Identify impact and potential risks and develop contingency plans. Document discrepancies and issue to responsible party for corrections. Assess safety risks within AOR and develop mitigations plans as appropriate.
• Supervises, assigns, coordinates and evaluates semi-skilled and skilled trades personnel (regular and temporary employees), according to their skill, experience and job knowledge. Supervises and trains employees to improve quality and quantity of work performed on multiple assignments and monitoring progress onboard vessels.
• Leads and communicates company safety culture and policies. Leads craft safety meetings. Holds employees accountable for demonstrating acceptable safety practices. Provides input to ways to instill attention to safety among all employees.
• Works closely with the project managers or construction managers to plan, specifying staffing needs, and schedule tools, materials, equipment, and subcontracts.
• Recommends training to enhance skill and productivity of employees and assists in development of training procedures.
• Responsible for complying with all technical aspects of the job including adherence to all drawings, procedures, etc. Responsible for manufacturing, installation, operation, testing, and process operations.
• Plans and projects manpower requirements to support production/program management activities.
• Coordinates regulatory agency compliance for assigned crafts. Assures employees accomplish work in accordance with proper practices and within specifications.
• Oversees development of daily work assignments and expectations for all pipe trades
• Sets standards of excellence in leadership, safety, quality, and productivity for the members of his/her crew.
• Develops and/or reviews project schedules and budgets during the planning phase.
• Allocates personnel and resources to efficiently support all contracts
• Ensures all employees are properly supervised and have all the necessary tooling, equipment, specifications, drawings and procedures to properly accomplish their jobs.
• Oversees and monitors schedule performance, including review of present and upcoming projects, investigates discrepancies, and develops practical solutions.
• Monitors and evaluates budget performance, develops productivity enhancements, and investigates resolves over-budget items.
• Ensures that pipefitters and pipe welders are qualified to perform their work
• Ensures through personal inspections that correct construction procedures are followed and work follows the plans and specifications. Points out deficiencies, explains and takes corrective action as needed.
• Reviews crew's timecards for correct hours and phase coding and instills processes to assure for timely and accurate submission of work hours at weekly deadlines.
• Reviews, update, maintain production schedules and organize material requirements to ensure a controlled flow of materials to meet production requirements.
• Advises management of the status of work in progress, material availability, and potential production problems to ensure that personnel, equipment, materials and services are provided as needed.
• Communicates changes in practices or policies; demonstrates and models behavior supportive of the direction the company is headed; provides meaningful and constructive suggestions for practice improvements; acts as and is a recognized leader among peers.
• Assist estimating department as required for bidding work.
• Other responsibilities and duties as assigned.


• BA/BS plus 2 years in a related field or AA/AS plus 4 years directly related experience or 8 years directly related ship building/ship repair experience.
• Knowledge of marine-related equipment, ship repair and construction techniques; sequencing of ship repair activities; shipyard safety practices; and complex mathematical principles as applied to shipping activities.
• Knowledge of and ability to troubleshoot ship's key systems, including hydraulics; cooling; bilge & ballast; and fire systems including CO2, Fuel, and domestics.
• Working knowledge and proficiency with concepts of Earned Value Management.
• Ability to read and understand piping schematics and ship repair specifications, blue prints, technical procedures, and regulations;
• Previous journey -experience as an Industrial Pipefitter or pipe welder preferred
• Previous experience in Pipe Shop Supervisor or Pipe Operations leadership role.
• Ability to coordinate multiple details related to various projects simultaneously.
• Effective leadership, communication, and team-building skills.
• Must be self-disciplined, resourceful, and accountable for delivering on commitments to the customer. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers and employees.
• Skill in directing and coordinating the work of others; act as a leader and be recognized as such by others; coach and motivate the work of others; and resolve conflicts.
• Ability/proficiency with personal computer and system/platform applications such as word processing and spreadsheets; interpreting technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form.
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