The Great Lakes Group


Shipyard Foreman

The Shipyard Foreman is directly responsible for establishing and supervising all projects in assigned area and determining best methods and procedures that will produce the most cost effective results, without compromising safety or quality.


Essential Job Duties

  • Provides supervision to assigned employees and subcontractors.
  • Supervision includes assignment to tasks, assuring completion of tasks within specified deadlines, resolving conflicts and motivating for optimal performance.
  • Works closely with superintendents, engineers and other managers to plan, specify staffing needs and schedule tools, materials and equipment.
  • Plans and projects manpower requirements to support production activities.
  • Sets standards of excellence in leadership, safety, quality and productivity for all crew members.
  • Other duties include monitoring and overseeing progress, ensuring work complies with specification and client requirements, and that every detail of the project including welding, machinery installation, electrical, auxiliary systems, outfitting, commissioning, sea trials and delivery of any assigned vessels is safely completed in a very high quality manner within the delivery time required and within budget.
  • Oversight of all assigned projects includes all personnel, budgets, schedules, purchasing and vendor tracking, and labor hour forecasting.
  • Additional responsibilities include multiple and varied fabrication, production, and shipyard or engineering-related assignments, as directed.


Job Requirements

  • Proven previous experience and skills in a shipyard supervisory capacity.
  • Promote company safety initiatives and compliance.
  • Strong structural fabrication background.
  • Proficiency in welding processes and quality.
  • Ability to read, interpret, and work from Marine blueprints, job specifications, instruction manuals, manufacturer’s handbooks, change orders, and contract specifications.
  • Must have knowledge of equipment, work processes and techniques used for acceptable ship fitting.
  • A working knowledge of ABS Rules, work with ABS, Lloyds, DNV, BV and others as required to meet all quality and regulatory requirements.
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office software is required in addition to utilization of the Company’s job cost and purchasing software system after completion of training provided either in-house or by the Company’s software vendor if needed.


Minimum Work Environment Requirements:

  • Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) appropriate to current or daily job duties.
  • Be fit for a respirator.
  • Carry up to 50 pounds.
  • Constantly climb stairs and ladders on daily basis.
  • Access confined spaces.
  • Stoop, bend, twist, kneel, lay, crouch and/or crawl. .
  • Endure noise, fumes, dust and inclement weather.
  • Coordinate eye-hand movement; reach constantly
  • Use hands and fingers fully; reach for, manipulate and feel objects.
  • Work overtime and weekends as needed to meet production demands.


Introductory Period and Training:

The first ninety (90) days of employment will be an introductory period including on the job training. Successful completion of the introductory period is required for continued


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The Great Lakes Towing Company
4500 Division Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44102


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The Great Lakes Group is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity Employer; M/F/V/D.