"A Day in the Life of a Seaspan Welder"

In February 2021, Seaspan Victoria Shipyards (VSL) hosted a one-of-a-kind professional development opportunity for high-school welding teachers in Victoria, BC.

WELDING TEACHERS GET A GLIMPSE INTO “A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A SEASPAN WELDER”

In February 2021, Seaspan Victoria Shipyards (VSL) hosted a one-of-a-kind professional development opportunity for high-school welding teachers in Victoria, BC. “A Day in the Life of a Seaspan Welder,” a customized Train the Trainer workshop for six participants created by the CWB Welding Foundation, was led by Rebecca Kennedy, Welding Support Supervisor and Matthew Murphy, Steel Supervisor.

The day started with a welcome and introduction to Seaspan with Steve Baker, VSL Director of Operations and Chris Henderson, VSL Steel Manager. Participants received the standard Seaspan safety indoctrination and then got their hands on the tools in an FCAW (flux core arc welding) workshop. A presentation on how knowledge is shared within the Welding Department at Victoria Shipyards followed, and then the participants enjoyed a tour of HMCS Ottawa with Mackenzie Jopp, Welding Production Supervisor. After lunch, the group got a glimpse into the world of structural welder testing and inspection and then finished the day by doing some welding.

“That was one of the best professional development sessions I’ve attended,” said one participant. “It was great to see where some of my students may end up. The tour around the dock was really eye opening. The welding practice we got at the end was with some of the nicest equipment I’ve used. Their expertise on welding was also one of the highlights.”

Seaspan’s Victoria Shipyards is a leader in complex vessel repair and conversion in the Pacific Northwest. Strategically located and with a highly skilled workforce, the company has a track record of delivering quality repair, refit and modernization projects for Canadian and international naval fleets and submarines, as well as for a variety of commercial vessels.

The CWB Welding Foundation was thrilled to be part of this unique and valuable learning experience. Thank you to Seaspan and the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation for making this day possible! Victoria area students will benefit from their instructors’ professional development, and from the new connections established with this leader in ship repair and modernization.