SMART members perform work in shipyards from coast to coast, including Pearl Harbor in Hawaii and the Ingalls Shipyard in Mississippi. Most, but not all, of the ships that members work on are vessels for the U.S. Navy. We build new ships from the ground up, and we also perform maintenance of the entire Navy fleet to keep them ready for the defense of our two nations and our allies.

SMART work in these shipyards includes all ventilation fabrication and installation. Members also install and maintain the galleys and cafeteria areas. Crew quarters, living areas that include metal furniture installation, and lockers and bunks are among our work jurisdictions.

Opportunities in this field:

  • SMART partners with shipyard employers to offer apprentice training.
  • Fabrication and installers, including welders.
  • Coping and cornice work that finishes rooms and surfaces.
  • Workers are often required to go on sea trials when ships are near completion.
A view of a section of the Ingalls Shipbuilding Company showing various United States Navy ships under construction. Pictured are (from left to right): USS BoxerUSS RamageUSS Benfold and the Israeli guided missile corvette, INS Hanit.

Our Careers

Take a look at some of the job areas SMART is proud to represent!

  • Architectural Sheet Metal
  • Bus Operators & Mechanics
  • CAD, Drafting & Detailing
  • Freight Rail
  • HVAC Shop/Fabrication
  • Indoor Air Quality and Energy Efficiency (TAB)
  • Lagging
  • Passenger Rail
  • Production / Manufacturing
  • Rail Mechanical
  • Residential HVAC
  • Roofing
  • Shipyard
  • Sign Fabrication & Installation
  • Industrial and Shop Welding
  • Yardmaster

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Member Voices

Hear about the union directly from SMART members themselves.

Meet Carol Jones

Longtime Amtrak conductor Carol Jones — who is also a local chairperson with SMART-TD Local 1361 out of New Haven, Conn. — shares her story of coming up in the transportation industry and working as a pioneering woman in the passenger rail sector.