Employment Opportunities


Pipe Welder

NBBB has been building boats on beautiful Whidbey Island since 1964. We are 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. We build an astonishing variety of vessels and lead in adopting innovative marine technology to serve our customers' needs. We are seeking a Pipe Welder who will work primarily in our shop environment (as a “bench welder”) creating pipe spools and other pipe system assemblies and fabrications for new ship construction, repair and other marine projects.


The Pipe Welder will work primarily in a shop environment weld piping systems in spool form for new construction and repair vessels.

To Apply: Submit completed application form online via email to or via USPS to Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, Attn: Human Resources. PO Box 580, Freeland, WA 98249. NBBB's application form is available for download by clicking here.  

Key Roles & Responsibilities


· Weld out piping spools, pipe runs, and manifolds using primarily stick welding processes (80%) and in some cases MIG or TIG welding processes (20%) on carbon steel, stainless steel or various other alloys as required by each project based upon specifications for each vessel.

· Weld pipe seams horizontal, vertical and overhead, for fillet, butt-weld, socket, and mitered joints

· Perform welds in environment using primarily stick welding with 6010, 5P+, Fillet passes, 7018, Cover passes, 6G, and 6GR testing

· Perform mirror welds in 6 GR situations as needed

· Practices good housekeeping and safety practices, completes assignments in a timely manner.

· Grinds and prep weld seams for tacking, grinding, and final inspection post weld.

· Set up and set arc welder for root passes, cover passes, welding hangers, and repairs.

· Perform Air Arc operations or grinders to back gouge welds and remove bad welds as needed.

· Performs welds on many alloys including but not limited to, mild steel, stainless steel, aluminum, and copper nickel.

· Work as a member of a team.

· Perform other tasks as directed.



· Ability to read and interpret specifications, understand and read drawings and blue prints and understand the contract requirements and schedule constraints.

· Knowledge of shipyard safety practices, vessel terminology and use of scissor and boom lifts.

· High School Education or equivalent or vocational education

· Able to understand and perform basic mathematics

· Team Player

· 5+ Years' experience as a Pipe Welder

Preferred Requirements

· 6-G ABS or USCG Certifications in Stainless Steel (ARC, MIG, & TIG), Aluminum (TIG), and Copper Nickel (TIG).

· Marine Pipe Welding Experience
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