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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 605I
Category: Maintenance Trades & Labor


In a correctional institution, performs skilled shipwright and carpentry work. Supervises lower level staff and/or directs a crew of inmates in new construction, maintenance, and repair of U.S. Coast Guard inspected passenger vessels, tug boats, and patrol vessels at a certified marine dry docking and repair facility. Responsible for repair to vessels away from repair facility and for repairs to docks, floats, rails, ramps and ferry landings.

Typical Work

Plans, identifies, directs and inspects the work of carpenters, helpers and laborers or crew of inmates engaged in new construction work and in maintenance and repair of vessels and facilities within a marine/shipyard setting, such as, constructing, altering, remodeling and repairing of docks, floats, rails, barriers, rigs; repairs and replaces cables, etc. from blueprints, plans or sketches;

Performs major boat rebuilding and repairs in accordance with the U.S. Coast Guard regulations, such as, the repair and/or replacement of ribs, planking, decks, cabins and other wooden fixtures and structures;

Performs structural boat maintenance such as painting, scraping, and surface preparation for wood, steel and fiber glass vessels; installs, repairs and caulks wooden decks where used on ships;

Responsible for dry-docking of all vessels, which includes planning of times to coincide with the tides, setting the staging for securing the vessel, observing safety precautions at all times; builds keel blocking, cradles, shoring, cribbing and other structures to support ships in dry dock, marine railway and shipway;

Determines material and personnel requirements; works with and assists other shipyard craftpersons; does own rigging and performs minor tasks of other shipyard trades as necessary;

Orders or purchases materials and schedules equipment, personnel and material for each job;

Performs sandblasting to steel vessels;

Prepares and applies fiber glass;

Inspects work of electrical, plumbing and other contractors, plus work completed under personal direction;

Keeps payroll and work progress records; submits regular reports verbally and in written form;

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: All U.S. Coast Guard regulations concerned with structural building/rebuilding and maintenance of marine vessels and various support structures to include docks and ferry slips; marine vessel construction and nomenclature; standard practices, methods, materials, tools and equipment of the shipwright trade; operation, maintenance and repair of marine vessels including ribs, planking, decks, cabins and other wooden fixtures and/or structures; sandblasting, surface preparation, painting and scraping; standard practices in fiber-glass repair; dock repair including replacement of decking, non-skid surfaces, etc.; lumber, types and grades; strengths and work characteristics of woods used; safety precautions; record keeping techniques.

Ability to: Work independently with little direction; supervise and train subordinate trade staff and crews, including inmate crews; estimate materials, time and personnel needed to complete job; use the variety of tools and equipment needed to accomplish specific job tasks; read, interpret and work from shipbuilding and structural blueprints, drawings, plans and sketches; maintain logs and records; perform heavy work in all kinds of weather; use hand and power tools; sharpen and set saws.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Two years of journey-level experience as a shipwright, one year of which must have been in a lead or supervisory capacity.

Class Specification History

New class adopted September 10, 1994.
Revise class. Revises definition; adopted June, 19, 1999, effective July 1, 1999.
Revise class. Revises class code (formerly 70185), general revision; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.