The Shipyard General Workers' Federation
The Shipyard General Workers' Federation represents all unions with members active in the B.C. shipyard industry and exists to advance the economic and social welfare of workers. The Federation was founded in 1943.
Setting a 30 tonne outboar into place
The Federation works with business, government and labour to promote the creation of jobs and investments in the shipyard industry.
Members of the Federation include unions representing mechanics, helpers and general workers engaged in engineering and all metal and metal alloy, fabricating, processing, coating and any other type of work related to the shipbuilding industry.
The industry is made up of number of different trade groups listed below
with a brief description
This includes all areas of ship fitting from laying out of the hull to the construction of the superstructure.
The layout, cutting, bending and erection of steel plate are an important
part of this trade. The shaping of steel plate into a variety of curves
and shapes related to ship forms is a specialty to this trade
Setting a forward main deck unit on the Spirit of British Columbia ferry
Steel Fabrication: Steel Fabrication means the interpretation
of drawings and involves the developing, layout, marking, cutting, burning,
sawing, shearing, punching, rolling, bending, drilling, shaping, forming,
straightening, fitting, and assembling, reaming, bolting, riveting, welding,
testing, inspecting, preparing, priming, painting, rigging and handling
of structural and mechanical fabrications constructed from plates and
structural shapes of ferrous and non ferrous material used in the steel
The work involves the ability to determine the cause of faulty operation
of equipment, disassembling and reassembling parts of equipment such as
the engine, generators, cooling systems, fuel and exhaust system, by using
the necessary hand and power tools and specialized equipment.
Placing the first deckhouse section onboard the Skeena Queen ferry
Machinists: A Machinist operates a variety of machines including
lathes, planers, shapers and boring mills along with many specialized
machines used in the manufacture, repair and rebuilding of machinery and
components. The Machinist utilizes a variety of metals such as steel,
steel alloys and non-ferrous metals. Used also are plastics of various
The activities of a steamfitter-steamfitter include working from building plans and cutting openings in floors, walls, and ceilings, according to specifications. The pipes themselves must be measured, cut, threaded, and bent to the required sizes and shapes, using a variety of hand and machine tools, and then joined to other sections of pipe by means of threading, soldering, brazing, cementing, or welding.
Finally the overall elevation of a piping system, including the cleaning
of pipe units and fittings, and the testing of systems for leaks, using
gauges to check the pressure of air, water, gas, or chemicals, is an important
skill of the job.