1: one that fits together with the structural members of ships and puts them into position for riveting or welding
2: a naval enlisted man who works in sheet metal and performs the work of a plumber aboard ship
The word was found in the passage, ” Reading Lucy” by Jennifer Egan. In the passage, the author writes, ” Lucy described herself as a shipfitter 3/c, meaning third class, ( buzz: soon to be 2/c I think, ” she told Alfred in June) and she often seemed to have the aid of a “helper,” also female.
In the sentence, the author explains above that lucy i a third class shipfitter, soon to be second class. A shipfitter a marine occupational classification used both by naval activities and among ship builders.