SMART members perform work in shipyards from coast to coast, including Pearl Harbor in Hawaii and the Ingalls Shipyard in Mississippi. Most, but not all, of the ships that members work on are vessels for the U.S. Navy. We build new ships from the ground up, and we also perform maintenance of the entire Navy fleet to keep them ready for the defense of our two nations and our allies.
SMART work in these shipyards includes all ventilation fabrication and installation. Members also install and maintain the galleys and cafeteria areas. Crew quarters, living areas that include metal furniture installation, and lockers and bunks are among our work jurisdictions.
Opportunities in this field:
- SMART partners with shipyard employers to offer apprentice training.
- Fabrication and installers, including welders.
- Coping and cornice work that finishes rooms and surfaces.
- Workers are often required to go on sea trials when ships are near completion.