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  • A.F. Theriault & Son Ltd.


Full Time, Permanent

As a Shipyard Industrial Coatings Applicator, your primary responsibility is to apply protective coatings and finishes to various structures, vessels, and equipment within the shipyard. Your expertise in surface preparation, coating application, and quality assurance will be crucial in enhancing the durability, corrosion resistance, and aesthetic appeal of shipyard assets, ultimately contributing to the longevity and performance of vessels.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Prepares and cleans using appropriate tools and equipment, adhering to recognized industry surface preparation standards and practices;

  • Select appropriate coatings based on project specifications, surface type, and environmental conditions;

  • Reads and understands specifications and standards required to complete projects;

  • Apply coatings using a variety of techniques, including spray, brush, and roll-on methods;

  • Ensure proper thickness and uniformity of coatings, adhering to industry standards;

  • Operate and maintain equipment, such as spray guns, compressors, and mixing machines;

  • Collaborate with Project Managers/Supervisor to prioritize tasks and meet project deadlines;

  • Perform routine equipment maintenance and cleaning to ensure optimal performance;

  • Maintain an organized work area, ensuring proper storage of coatings and equipment;

  • Work in multiple environments from an indoor facility, elevated heights, which may include tasks performed on scaffolding, ladders, or other elevated structures, confined spaces within vessels, outside spaces with exposure to all elements;

  • Keep the shop/work site as a safe and clean environment to work in;

  • Comply with A.F Theriault & Son Ltd. Policies and procedures and Nova Scotia Occupational Health and Safety Regulations.  Follow safety protocols and maintain, use and wear all personal protective equipment (PPE) applicable to the area you will be in or the operation or task you are about to conduct to prevent accidents.  Ensure potential health and safety hazards are corrected or brought to the attention of Management and/or Health and Safety Committee in order to prevent accidents in the workplace;

  • Perform other duties as required;

  • Ensure that materials on jobs in hand are being correctly charged to the proper job numbers, activity codes and/or others;

  • Willing to work overtime and weekends as needed to complete project deadlines;

  • Willing to go to apprenticeship training if applicable;

  • Participate in continuous improvement efforts.


  • High school, diploma or equivalent; training/experience in Industrial coatings is an asset.

  • Strong understanding of coating types, application techniques, and surface preparation.

  • Familiarity with various industrial surfaces, substrates, and their unique coating requirements.

  • Proficiency in using coating equipment and tools, such as spray guns and mixing machines; training will be provided.

  • Detail-oriented with excellent hand-eye coordination for precise application.

  • Effective communication skills to collaborate with Team Members, Project Managers and Supervisors.

  • Demonstrated commitment to safety protocols and guidelines.

  • Physical dexterity and ability to work in various positions, including bending, kneeling, and standing for extended periods, often with your arms raised over your head.

  • Willingness to work in various environmental conditions and sometimes confined spaces, as well as heights.

  • Must be able to effectively manage his/her time and prioritize work as required.

  • Must be available to work overtime hours as required.


Company Pension Matching

Through our pension matching program, we assist our employees in building a stronger foundation for their retirement.

Dental and Vision Care

Keep your teeth healthy and your eyes sharp with comprehensive vision and dental coverage.

Disability Insurance

Life is unpredictable, and we recognize that unexpected events can impact your ability to work.

Extended Health Care

We offer access to Health insurance to keep you feeling great.

Life Insurance

We understand that life is a journey filled with uncertainties, and it's essential to plan for the well-being of your loved ones.

On-Site Parking

With ample and secure on-site parking, you can say goodbye to the time-consuming search for a parking spot and the worry of finding a safe place for your vehicle.

Store Discount

Our most famous benefit, every Employee gets a 15% exclusive in-store discount.


Monday to Friday 8am – 5pm

Supplemental pay types:

• Overtime pay

Ability to commute/relocate:

• Meteghan River, NS: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (required)

Address 1 D’Entremont Road, P. O. Box 10, Meteghan River, Nova Scotia, B0W 2L0

About Us A. F. Theriault & Son Ltd. is a Canadian boatyard based in Meteghan, Nova Scotia. One of the largest private boatyards in Atlantic Canada, our modern and well-equipped facility can produce monohull or catamaran vessels in fiberglass, steel, aluminum or advanced composites. A.F. Theriault places a strong emphasis on construction quality, safety and stability of all boats, builds and repairs. We pride ourselves not only on our expertise in crafting state-of-the-art vessels but also on our commitment to excellence in shipyard repairs, ensuring the longevity and seaworthiness of both our new builds and existing maritime assets.

How To Apply:

You can drop off your resume directly at the shipyard or email

Speak with the employer

+1 902 645-2327

We thank everyone for their submission. Selected candidate(s) will be contacted for an interview.


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