The manning of most vessels includes the position of Fitter / Welder today. This rating is required to possess sufficient skills to repair metal structures, pipes and machines of the vessel using electric and gas welding equipment as well as other tools for fitting.
The Fitter / Welder duties include repair and maintenance of hull and deck structures of the ship, machinery frames, tanks, pressure units, piping system, etc. Depending on the task and qualification of a seaman Oxyacetylene, Arc, Electric or Gas welding equipment is used. The Fitter / Welder lays out, positions then secures parts and assemblies according to specifications.
He / she may also repair and upkeep equipment or structures by bolting and riveting. Performing a job of the vessel’s fitter also includes repairings vessels’ equipment by dismantling, straightening, reshaping, reassembling parts as well as preparing molds, cutting and fitting, using cutting torch and occasionally making new customized details in the vessel’s shop.
As for the Fitter / Welder's wage rates they don't vary considerably depending on the vessel type. Usually these specialists earn around USD 2000 with a rise up to approximately USD 2200 - 2400 on tankers where advanced piping system requires regular and careful handling. Meanwhile, less sophisticated cargo ships offer smaller salaries of USD 1500 per month.