JOB TITLE: Blaster
REPORTS TO: Blast Foreman
Summary of position: Responsible for blasting any surface to the correct degree of surface preparation. Perform repairs to hoses, lines and isolated equipment. Must be capable of working in dark spaces with other blasters in close proximity.
Essential Job Requirements: Perform very physical duties under leadership of Blast Foreman. Blast surface to standard specified without leaving faulty areas. Assist in setting up for the job; assist in training of other workers as necessary; complete work with little or no supervision; must be knowledgeable of OSHA requirements relative to the shipbuilding industry; must comply with company, federal, state, and local safety and environmental rules and regulations; accurately operate, clean, and maintain all equipment; must be able to follow directions; must be able to communicate effectively in writing or orally; lead small work groups on job as assigned; efficiently and correctly interpret and work from owner supplied drawings, job specifications, instruction manuals, manufacturers handbooks, change orders, and contract specifications. May be required to use water blaster at different times and may be required to perform additional duties as deemed necessary by the Blast Foreman or Superintendent.
Required Education: Must be capable of taking verbal direction. Ability to read and write with understanding.
Required Experience: Formal or informal on the job training and 2 years experience in the Marine Industry.
Required Skills: Must be very productive while blasting interior or exterior surfaces. Maintain safety at all times. Must be able to read and interpret documents as necessary, such as operating and maintenance manuals, safety rules and regulations, procedure manuals, etc. Must be able to work cooperatively and productively with other employees and shipyard personnel. Must take direction and carry out the specified work scope.
Physical Requirements: Regularly required to walk; frequently required to stand, stoop, kneel, crouch, climb, balance, or crawl at various heights and in confined spaces; occasionally required to sit; required to reach with hands and arms, use hands to feel, grip, or handle; regularly required to safely lift and/or move up to 50 pounds; required use of vision to see up close, distance, and peripherally, as well as depth perception and ability to adjust focus in low light conditions. May be required to wear a respirator to safely perform assigned tasks.
Mental Requirements: Must be able to carry out simple to complex oral, written, or diagramed instructions safely and efficiently. Must be able to solve simple problems inside tank while blasting.
Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.
Equipment Used: Blast Pot/Hopper, after cooler, dehumidifiers, dust collectors, vacuums, forklifts, electrical disconnects and transformers, compressors.
Supervisory Responsibilities: Help with new blasters.
Working Conditions: Typical work environment is dusty, noisy, and confined. Exposure to extreme temperatures, chemicals, fumes, ambient weather conditions, and hazardous machinery is characteristic as well. Often works on scaffolds and ladders. To avoid injury, safety clothing required along with safety devices to protect eyes, head, or hearing. Travel, prolonged periods of overtime and varying shifts are required in the performance of this job.