A career at Seaspan Shipyards embraces technology and never compromises on safety

March 14, 2024

This story originally appeared in Vancouver is Awesome. 

It’s no secret that B.C. is experiencing a generational shortage of skilled trades workers.

If you have the skills, the commitment and the right attitude, the chances are you will most likely find a job – and a good one at that.

So, what separates one prospective employer from the next?

In the case of North Vancouver’s Seaspan Shipyards, you can work in an environment where learning is constant – where skills are honed and developed, new technology is embraced and the best practices of today and the future are always upheld.

This is also a workplace where nothing is valued more than safety.

Take, for example, the fact that Seaspan Shipyards offers best-in-class respirators known as Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPR) to welders to ensure their safety not only today, but decades into the future.

“I’m so happy to be part of a company that values health and safety, and provides resources to adequately protect our workers,” says Aaron Agyeman, manager of health and safety at Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards. “Ensuring that they are safe is the most important thing we can do.”

Aerial view of Seaspan Vancouver Shipyards

For Sebastian Cline, one of the foremost perks he finds in his day is that no two days are the same. As a manufacturing engineer EIT, Cline is working with augmented reality, 3D printing and digitizing processes across the operation. Increasingly, AR technology is making the work of tradespeople easier, helping them to see what they are specifically working in relation to the finished area projected digitally, and thus, keeping Seaspan moving through the 21stt century and beyond. 

“In this line of work, most people like to solve challenges and shipbuilding is a challenging field,” Cline says. “It’s surprisingly different and rewarding. You’re definitely going to be exposed to some things you’ve never really seen before and this type of job rounds you out for whatever is coming next in your career.”

Beyond that unparalleled commitment to safety and the cool new technology to learn and play with, these are jobs that offer a fantastic salary, the ability to work close to home, generous union benefits and the very real prospect of upward mobility within the company.

And there will be work for generations to come.

Shipyard worker looking at 3d rendering on Ipad

Seaspan Shipyards is currently constructing the longest ships ever built in Canada. Two Joint Support Ships will be built to provide support to the Royal Canadian Navy, through the re-supply of fuel, food, ammunition, spare parts and other supplies for Canadian and allied ships at sea.

Seaspan Shipyards is also constructing one Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel (OOSV) for the Canadian Coast Guard, which will be the primary oceanographic science platform for Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Equipped with the latest scientific research apparatus, the OOSV will be able to meet its crucial mission to increase our overall understanding of the impact that climate change has on the oceans.

In order to make this all happen, Seaspan Shipyards is hiring hundreds of skilled trades workers in the Lower Mainland across numerous skilled trades positions: welders, millwrights, electricians, pipefitters and more.

This is exciting work on projects of national importance that will be used by Canadians for generations – jobs that you can truly say you were part of something significant. 

The future is yours to build.