← METAL TRADES / Shipbuilding & Repair
Shipbuilding and repair is an area of major importance within the UA Metal Trades. The work our UA members presently do in shipyards remains an essential element of the North American defense strategy. The new trend towards private construction of double-hulled oil tankers, together with the increased use of ferry service as a means of public transportation, has increased UA job opportunities in the Metal Trades. The Metal Trades workforce is built to compete in the global economy. Workers can be found continually upgrading their skills and readily embracing new technologies needed by the employer to remain competitive in a rapidly changing world.
Metal Trades workers and their skills are displayed each day in government and private shipyards throughout the United States and Canada. UA Marine Pipefitters and Welders maybe found building ferries or repairing Coast Guard ice breakers in Victoria, BC, Vancouver Island, Seattle, WA or Portland, OR,. Metal Trades workers are busy building the latest class of Navy warships in the Gulf Coast region of the United States, new submarines in Groton, CT. or double hulled tankers in Philadelphia, PA. In fact, this patriotic workforce may be found working anywhere, at any time, around the world performing and fulfilling their duty whenever their skills are required by either the United States Navy or the Fleet of the Canadian Royal Navy.