Careers at Seaspan


Seaspan is looking for talented employees to apply for rewarding work in the shipbuilding industry in North Vancouver. Whether you’re a millwright, welder, electrician, or any other type of tradesperson, you’ll find a fulfilling career at Seaspan.

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Marine Shipbuilding Electricians install the wireways, cable, equipment, and switchgear that bring all the functional systems to life. Electrical systems and installation requirements in Marine can be unique and requires an expanded knowledge set. Now is a great time to join the team at Seaspan and be part of the regeneration of the shipbuilding tradition and become a member of a talented, diverse team that is forging a bright future for Canadian shipbuilding at one of the most modern shipyards in North America. To satisfy this demand, Seaspan is currently seeking Red Seal Electrician with industrial experience.


Welders have a major role in the shipbuilding industry. Ships of this size and complexity require the deposition of large amounts of high-quality weld to ensure the structural integrity of the ship while at sea and to ensure the integrity of the many different systems required to make the ship operate. Welders utilize FCAW, SMAW, GTAW, and SAW processes as well as some automated GMAW/MCAW equipment to complete these high-quality welds. To satisfy this demand, Seaspan is seeking Red Seal Qualified Welders and/or Welders with multiple years of welding experience in heavy manufacturing and/or pressure welding.


In joining the mechanical team at Seaspan you will be involved in the installation and alignment of critical equipment on the vessels. This will include, main engines, generators, propulsion systems, steering systems, cranes, and winches. This equipment is critical to the daily function of the ship, supporting it’s various missions and keeping its crew safe. To satisfy this demand, Seaspan is currently seeking Red Seal Journeyperson Millwrights and HD Mechanics.

Industrial Painter

The Painters and Sandblasters in the shipbuilding industry play a major role in vessel protection and preservation. Painters and Sandblasters protect the Canadian government’s assets by applying engineered coatings to the surfaces of the vessels. They also apply specially designed coatings to aid in quality-of-life improvements for the ship’s crew, non-skid coatings provide crew members with sure footing when at sea, noise dampening coatings reduce the vibratory noise emission between spaces. As a leader in shipbuilding in Canada, Seaspan possesses many cutting-edge technologies for surface preparation along with top-end industry standard tooling and equipment. Seaspan is currently seeking Red Seal Industrial Journeyperson Painters / Blasters along with non-ticketed Blasters, Spray Painters, and Brush and Roll Painters with industrial experience.


The pipe trades have a significant role in the shipbuilding industry. Ships of this size and complexity rely on a variety of piping and mechanical systems to operate and function while navigating the open oceans. The Joint Support Ship will house 16,000+ spools including copper, stainless and carbon steel, copper nickel and CPVC ranging from ½” to 20” inch pipe. The Pipefitting team at Seaspan will cover all aspects of the steam fitting trade through their careers. To satisfy this demand, Seaspan is currently seeking Red Seal Journeyperson Steamfitters with industrial construction experience.

Shipfitter/Metal Fabricator

Shipfitters are often called the “carpenters” of shipbuilding and are the backbone of all shipyard operations.  Shipfitters measure, cut, grind, fit, align, and tack-weld small sub-assemblies, large deck assemblies, blocks and grand-blocks that form the structural body of the ship.  Shipfitters also build in-place interior structures such as floors, bulkheads, hatches, ladders, stairs, doors, tanks, and assist other trades with the installation of structures that hold in place the systems equipment that brings the ship to life. Becoming a member of Seaspan’s Shipfitter team will enhance your skills and abilities as a metal fabricator and will introduce you to the use of many types of tools and equipment including ship fairing aids, best in the market manufacturing equipment, various types of welding and burning and synchronized jacking and rigging equipment. Shipfitting at Seaspan has never been more advanced! To satisfy this demand, Seaspan is currently seeking Red Seal Journeyperson Metal Fabricators, Boilermakers and/or individuals with multiple years experience in these trades. 

Shipbuilding at Seaspan


Seaspan Shipyards is proud to be Canada’s long-term, strategic shipbuilding partner for the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy under the National Shipbuilding Strategy. As a direct result of this, Seaspan Shipyards has work for decades to come. To complete these exciting projects, we rely on thousands of skilled trades workers in North Vancouver and on Vancouver Island. Now is the time to come to Seaspan and apply your skills to be a part of something important, and something that lasts. We need people from all trades to join our team and work with us to build, repair, and refit vessels of all sizes at Seaspan Vancouver Shipyard.

We have decades of consistent, local work ready, where you can build ships during the day and go home to your family at night.

Ship Construction


Seaspan Shipyards has built and delivered three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels, the first full class of large vessels under the National Shipbuilding Strategy, for the Canadian Coast Guard. The missions of these vessels include monitoring the health of fish stocks, understanding the impacts of climate change, and supporting research that allows us to better understand our oceans. Delivery of these vessels was completed in 2020.

In Progress

Seaspan Shipyards is currently constructing two Joint Support Ships for the Royal Canadian Navy,  which will provide underway support to naval task groups, including the re-supply of fuel, food, ammunition, spare parts and other supplies between ships at sea. These vessels are the longest naval ships ever to be constructed in Canada.  Delivery of these vessels is planned for 2025 and 2027. 

Seaspan Shipyards is also constructing one Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel 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. Delivery of this vessel is planned for 2025.

The Future

Seaspan Shipyards is currently designing one Heavy Polar Icebreaker for the Canadian Coast Guard. This vessel will be the largest ship and flagship of the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaking fleet, with a critical role in protecting Canada’s Arctic sovereignty. Delivery of this vessel is expected in 2030.

Seaspan Shipyards is also currently designing the first fleet of what will be a total of 16 Multi-Purpose Vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard, which will support a variety of missions, including aids to navigation, icebreaking, and offshore search and rescue. Delivery of these vessels is expected to be well in to the 2030s and beyond.

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