Employment Opportunities


Ship Fitter

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 Journeyman Ship Fitter.


The Journeyman Ship Fitter will work primarily in fabrication, assembly, subassembly and final erection of all structural components on Marine Vessels, to include but not limited to: hulls, superstructures, masts, pilot house, and engine rooms.

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

• Forms, fits, and fabricates metal structures to blue prints to build structural elements of marine vessels during all phases of construction and rebuilds.
• Performs job functions on panel line, fabrication shop, on modular jigs, or on finished assembly.
• Responsible for layout, cutting, forming, preparation, and final assembly of all work assignments.
• Uses a variety of power and hand tools, including grinder, level, tape measure, etc.
• Lays out and builds jigs for building modules and superstructures.
• Works from standard and metric engineering drawings.
• Tacks and minor welding with MIG and Arc Welding processes.
• Uses a variety of metal forming equipment such as sheers, band saws, rollers, presses, breaks, etc.
• Works with Oxygen/Propane cutting torches and plasma cutters.
• Knowledge of shipyard safety practices, vessel terminology and use of scissor and boom lifts.
• Responsible for safe work practices and housekeeping procedures.
• Work as a member of a team demonstrating skills to adapt, interpret and problem solve.
• Responsible for expressing ideas concisely and clearly, both orally and in writing.
• Perform other tasks as directed.


• Knowledge of shipyard safety practices,
• High School Education or equivalent or vocational education
• Team Player

• High School Education or equivalent
• Able to understand and perform basic mathematics
• Knowledge of basic hand and power tools
• Willingness to learn the trade and attend training as required (Entry Level Applicants Only)
• Team Player
• 3+ Years experience as a Shipfitter (for Journeyman Applicants Only)
• Shipbuilding/marine, metal working experience
• Basic Blue Print Reading Knowledge
• Knowledge of Standard Ship fitting tools such as torches, saws etc.
• Safe Work Practices
• Experience working around Heavy Machinery
• Ability to work Overtime as necessary
• Ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs. must be able to work at heights of 60 ft. Must be able to enter confined spaces using a respirator, and work in small workspaces at odd angles.
• Good verbal communication skills

• Construction or Shipyard experience a plus for entry level applicants
• Experience in aluminum and steel fabrication a plus
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