Marina: 912.210.0363
Service Yard: 912.352.4931
Thunderbolt Marine, Thunderbolt GA

Marine Pipefitter

Job Description

The Marine Pipefitter & Plumber must be able to perform lay-out, fabrication, repair, maintenance, removals, assemble and installation of various types of plumbing and pipe systems. Marine pipefitting work will be completed onboard dry-docked vessels, vessels in-service and occasional internal facility projects. The pipefitter will need to be able to safely remove, repair and pressure test ship valves before reinstalling. Experience in CuNi, aluminum, steel, PVC and CPVC piping required. The candidate should have familiarity with ViegaPress® or ProPress® systems. All pipework undertakings will require the pipefitter to complete tasks with high levels of precision, installation styling and to classification standards. Ability to read and understand blueprints, select proper materials and equipment to complete projects preferred. The technician will be performing a variety of other yacht systems repairs when not performing specialized pipefitting work. The position reports directly to the metal & pipefitting shop supervisor.

Technical Skills

  • Must be able to perform disassembly, cleaning, inspection and reassembly of pipework including the renewal or replacement of interconnected fittings, bellows, couplings, unions, adapters, etc. as commonly found in marine pipework systems.
  • Familiarity with pipework systems such as fire, potable, black and gray water systems.
  • Familiarity servicing & repairing various valves and actuators (pneumatic, hydraulic, electric) desirable.
  • Experience with piping systems in PVC, CPVC, steel, aluminum, stainless steel and CuNi required.
  • Experience with ViegaPress® or ProPress® systems is highly desired.
  • Ability to make flange gaskets using rubber and/or other suitable materials for the intended application.
  • Assemble, fit and install gasketing, then leak check all work as installed in the field.
  • Must be adept at working with all types of power and hand tools normally associated with removal and replacement of valves and related pipework components.
  • Able to identify components and assist in developing materials orders as required to complete the task.
  • Ability to read and interpret a variety of documents furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedural manuals.
  • Must be organized, attentive and able to complete all calibration and documentation associated with testing and repairs, including ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Must adhere to all classification society standards and IPQA processes & requirements pertaining to servicing valves and other vessel systems.
  • Ability to operate stationary power equipment, pneumatic & electric power tools and common hand tools to disassemble, assemble, torque, cut, pry, separate and break free pipework and ancillary system equipment to the relevant quality control standard.
  • Commonly meets schedule and budget for projects, inclusive of working overtime when necessary.
  • Understands yacht and ship terminology, local and industry, e.g., port/starboard, bow/stern, etc. and can easily convey information in a common vernacular understood by other industry professionals.


  • High school or general equivalency degree (GED) required.
  • Advanced marine repair coursework and ABYC certifications highly desirable.
  • 24 months or more months of marine pipefitting experience - ideally within a yacht or ship repair facility, or equivalent mechanical / industrial pipefitting experience required.
  • Experience with routine maintenance, repair, replacement and testing of valves is a plus.
  • Other than specialized tools and equipment furnished by the employer, technicians shall have a complete range of commonly found tools needed to complete assigned tasks in both standard and metric formats up to 1 inch / 26 mm.
  • Basic computer skills and the ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals.
  • Must have an excellent work ethic and attitude.
  • Must maintain a high standard of workmanship.
  • Follow prescribed safety rules and OSHA regulations while maintaining a safe, clean work area.
  • Must possess the ability to periodically board vessels in and out of the water, work steadily in confined spaces, climb, lift and move lumber, tools and supplies as necessary.
  • Ability to stoop, crouch, pull, push, reach, hear, near vision, kneel, talk, stand, grasp, lift up to 50 lbs. and be able to walk quickly to and from job locations up to 500 yards in distance are required.
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis for any employers.
  • Must be able to pass a drug test and background check.

Interpersonal & Service Skills

  • Teamwork - the ability to work as one across our organization for the benefit of our customers.
  • Excellence - strives to be the best, continuously improving our customers’ experience and the solutions we provide.
  • Sense of Urgency - responds quickly to customer needs and holds oneself accountable for results.
  • Problem Sensitivity - the ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Tendency to display endurance and capacity for a fast pace.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and projects simultaneously.
  • Follows policies, accepts external controls and supervision while working within the rules.
  • Possess a positive attitude regarding people and outcomes.
  • Tendency to be friendly, cooperative, agreeable and conduct oneself as a team player.
  • Ability to easily adapt to changes in organizational and departmental priorities.
  • Knows limitations and when to ask for assistance.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time or without notice.

Physical Requirements

Applicants may be subject to environmental conditions such as cold, heat, exposure to noise, hazards, and confined spaces/close quarters. Applicants must be aware of the work environment at all times. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to lift, stand, walk, kneel, crouch, stoop, use hands and fingers, handle tools or controls, and talk.


Starting pay depends upon candidate experience. Benefits after 30 days. 401K and Profit sharing after 12 months of employment. Standard work week is 40 hours / week.


  • 401K
  • Profit Sharing
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Paid Time Off / Vacation Days


Monday to Friday Overtime & Weekends as necessary

Position Type

Full Time / Hourly

EEO Statement

Thunderbolt Marine, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be provided equal consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, genetic information, military status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or protected veteran status in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

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