Oceaneering Structural Welder in Chesapeake, Virginia

Company Profile

Oceaneering is a global provider of engineered services and products, primarily to the offshore energy industry. We develop products and services for use throughout the lifecycle of an offshore oilfield, from drilling to decommissioning. We operate the world's premier fleet of work class ROVs. Additionally, we are a leader in offshore oilfield maintenance services, umbilicals, subsea hardware, and tooling. We also use applied technology expertise to serve the defense, entertainment, material handling, aerospace, science, and renewable energy industries.

Our Marine Services Division has more than 30 years experience in providing full-service ship repair capabilities for the US Naval Vessels including submarines, surface ships and crafts and deep submergence systems. Operating from state-of-the-art facilities in Chesapeake, Virginia, we are certified in Submarine Safety (SUBSAFE) and Deep Submergence System Scope of Certification (DSS-DOC) repair activities, and specialize in the design, repair, maintenance, modification, and installation of hull, mechanical and electrical (HM&E;) systems.

*For more information please go to *www.oceaneering.com and click on Products & Services, then click Marine Services Division (MSD).

Position Summary

Who You Are

  • Strong & Agile – You love being active and athletic, especially outdoors or in places that most people wouldn’t dare to go.
  • Realistic — You excel at work that includes practical, hands-on skill and problem solving.
  • Conventional — You appreciate being provided set procedures and routines and working with data and details more than with ideas.
  • Traveler – You need a constant change of scenery; willing and able to pick up and go when duty calls.

What You Will be Doing

Traveling all over to work with some of the best Marine Structural Welders in the industry providing welding services to repair, modify and install structural components on U.S. Navy Submarines.

You will be selecting proper materials and requirements to perform welding functions, and fabricating and installing fixtures & jigs required for welding process alignments. This position involves heavy lifting, frequent stooping, bending and possible working assignments in overhead structures, confined spaces and/or beneath machinery.

Strict adherence to safety, quality standards, good housekeeping habits, a high level of critical thinking/reading comprehension, are essential in this role. The willingness, and ability to perform frequent overtime and travel is a condition of employment.

Security Clearance

  • Must have a Secret Security Clearance issued by the U.S. Department of Defense.
  • Applicant will be subject to periodic security investigations and must meet the eligibility requirements to obtain and maintain a security clearance issued by the US Government.
  • In addition to the security clearance, this position may require an additional background screening for base access.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Reports directly to the Supervisor in the performance of his/her responsibilities. In the absence of the Supervisor, he/she will report to an individual designated by the Supervisor. These responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
  • Strict adherence to corporate, federal, state and local safety regulations prior to setting up or operating any machinery. In sure that all OII Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE) are worn and that all damaged PPE is discarded. Read and understand OII PPE Policy.
  • Read and interpret blueprints to plan setup and operation of the machine shop equipment prior to commencing the operation. Layout material prior to performing machining operations to prevent possible errors. Machine parts to close tolerances ensuring finish requirements of the drawings are achieved.
  • Maintain good housekeeping practices; turning off machines when not in use, disposing of waste properly, sweeping the area, etc.
  • Return tools/equipment to proper location and report any lost, missing, stolen or damaged items to the Facilities Supervisor in accordance with Process Instruction (PI-069).
  • Assist the Facilities Supervisor, as directed by your Supervisor, for conducting preventive and corrective maintenance.
  • Qualify as a Welder in accordance with OII Process Instructions (PI-022).
  • Ensure that all requirements of the OII Quality Assurance Manual are followed when invoked by Task Group Instructions (TGI), Process Instructions (PI) and/or other guidance given by management.
  • Perform machining operations using portable machines (required for forward site support).
  • Follow detailed repair procedures and instructions (e.g.; QA packages steps, RECs, CWPs, FWPs, TGIs etc.) required to complete the production operations.
  • Perform as Team Member, cooperating with the efforts of other trades during an installation, modification or repair operations.
  • Prepare Condition Reports to document unsatisfactory condition(s) identified during the production operation (i.e.; repair, modification, etc.).
  • Coordinate the efforts of other trades during an installation, modification or repair operation.
  • Read and understand basic terminology, blueprints, drawings and schematics to plan installation, modification or repair prior to commencing the process. Materials are costly and the possibility of damage or spoilage is high without proper preparation.
  • Fabricate and install fixtures, jigs, supports and targets to ensure proper alignment during welding processes.
  • Select welding filler materials, joint design, proper heat ranges and most effective or required welding process/procedure to ensure quality welding operations
  • Ensure and assume responsibility for Level I and SUBSAFE material controls in accordance with Process Instruction (PI-008).


High School/GED with Apprenticeship Diploma and additional vocational courses or technical school graduate; and/or military and/or civilian experience with welding operations in a repair department or shipyard or fabrication shop. Must have the ability to obtain government base access. Knowledge and practical skills tests required. Qualify as a Welder/Workmanship Inspector in accordance with OII Process Instructions and welding procedures.

Additional Specialized Qualifications/Experience: Deep Submergence Systems (SOC MCD A, B, and C), SUBSAFE Qualification. Automated welding processes.

Additional Information

Travel & Overtime

  • Frequent travel/overtime are required.


Oceaneering Marine Services Division can only hire “US Citizens” who are not dual citizens of any other country to work at its’ facilities. You can verify your citizenship with the Self-Check through E-Verify (uscis.gov), if available in your state of residence.

Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified candidates will receive consideration for all positions without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or other non-merit factors.

Job Title: Structural Welder

Location: Chesapeake, Virginia

Job ID: 13115

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full-Time