Crane Operator

Date: Dec 5, 2023

Location: Norfolk, VA, US, 23523

Company: National Steel and Shipbuilding Com

We have an exciting opportunity in our Rigging department. This position specifically is located in Norfolk, Virginia. We are currently looking for a Tower Crane Operator.


General Dynamics NASSCO is a proud member of the General Dynamics Marine Systems business unit. In addition to ship construction, our capabilities include advanced ship repair, conversion, and maintenance for both commercial and national defense assets.


We encourage you to learn more about our open positions and how you can become part of the important and exciting work we do here at NASSCO. Please review the job description below and apply if you are interested. Come join our team! 


Shift : ALL

Security Clearance: No Clearance



The Crane Operators operate a variety of cranes; conventional (tired and tracked), hydraulic, electric, tower and gantry to lift and move materials, machinery and other objects.  Responsible for accomplishing work in accordance with work specifications, safely, with the highest quality and in a professional manner. 



  • Typically has a High School diploma/GED or equivalent related experience. 
  • Requires knowledge of mechanical and crane operation principles.
  • Requires knowledge of OSHA crane standards. 
  • Requires basic knowledge and comprehension of weights and conversions, i.e.: pounds, kilograms, tons, etc.
  • Requires knowledge of and comprehension of universal hand-signals for rigging and crane operations required.
  • Requires ability to clearly communicate via hand held radio                   
  • Requires ability to understand ship nomenclature; decks, port, starboard, forward, aft, frame number, compartment location, etc.
  • Requires ability to coordinate hand, foot and eye movement.
  • Requires ability to work at heights and in confined spaces.
  • Requires ability to work any shift and overtime.
  • Requires ability to comprehend written and verbal instructions including safety instructions, regulations and warnings.
  • Rigging experience preferred.




  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds of weight

  • Repetitive or prolonged sitting, climbing, balancing, and lifting.  Lifting body weight, sitting, reaching, handling, pushing/pulling, standing, walking, leaning and seeing (to maintain visual contact with load), eye/hand/foot coordination. Hearing warning signals, reading and comprehending safety instructions and planning sequence. Works in all areas of the shipyard and on board ships. Hearing warning signals and reading and comprehending safety instructions. Must be able to maintain general safety awareness and avoid hazards commonly present in employee’s work area.



Reports to the Shop Foreman / General Foreman.  This position has no direct reports.



  • Operates cranes.
  • Set up machinery and equipment, including boom lengths and crib outriggers.
  • Rig machinery and equipment in and out of ships
  • Log data relating to lifts
  • Read load charts and understand different types of loads and landing areas.
  • Inspects cranes
  • Performs minor crane maintenance
  • Trains and mentors others in essential rigging job functions and safe crane operations
  • Housekeeping
  • May be required to attend safety, quality and/or process improvement meetings
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Basic hand and power tools, rigging tools, lubricating greases, oil, and cleaning solvents. Personal protective equipment required; hard hat, gloves, safety shoes and safety glasses.
  • Regular reliable onsite attendance is an essential function of this job.  
  • Must be able to access all Navy installations and other shipyards.
  • Must be able to work aboard vessels, climb ladders, work in tanks and confined spaces, and work at heights of up to 120’ on piers or barges.  
  • Must be able to work evening and weekend hours.
  • May include travel, including international travel up to 30%. 
  • Exposure to wind, rain, ambient temperatures such as extreme heat and cold, wet and humid conditions, dust and toxic/caustic chemicals.



General Dynamics NASSCO is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law.

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