Foreman Outside Machine Shop

Date: Mar 30, 2024

Location: Norfolk, VA, US, 23523

Company: National Steel and Shipbuilding Com

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. Come join our team! 

We currently have an exciting opportunity in our Outside Machine Shop. This position specifically is located in Norfolk, Virginia. We are looking for a Foreman.


Shift : ALL

Security Clearance: No Clearance


The Foreman Outside Machine Shop leads, guides, coordinates, and supervises a team that may comprise of Journeyman Level Mechanics, Trainees, Helpers, and Subcontracted Labor. 

POSITION DEMANDS (Education/Training)

Typically has a BA/BS plus 2 years in a related field or AA/AS plus 4 years directly related experience or 8 years directly related ship building/ship repair experience.                 

POSITION DEMANDS (Required Experience)

  • In-depth knowledge in all facets of the trade relating to ship repair.
  • Working knowledge of contracting and estimating procedures.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and utilization of production processes, methods, quality, and technology.
  • Effective leadership, communication, and team-building skills.
  • Proven ability in people environment.
  • Capable in Microsoft products.













Must be able to go on vessels






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Reports to the General Foreman.  This position typically has direct reports for 8-20 skilled, semi-skilled, unskilled employees and / or trade subcontractors.  Supports Production and Program Management by monitoring and managing manpower resources, quality, and schedule and budget performance.


  • On-site deck-plate leader for the trade, working with a team of typically 8-20 mechanics to accomplish assigned production activities.  Responsible for safety, quality, schedule, cost, for his / her team.
  • Plans and projects manpower requirements to support Production / Program Management activities.  Communicates resource requirements to the General Foreman.
  • Reviews Gantt chart schedule to start planning work 2 weeks out, develops 1-2 week schedules for all members of their team and communicates progress to General Foreman.
  • Develops daily work assignments and expectations for production workforce.
  • Reviews and documents employee performance.
  • Understand and up-holds the requirements of the Collective Bargaining Agreement
  • Walks every production job before assigning it to assess necessary preparations for an efficient and safe execution of the work.  Follows up at the job site multiple times a day to ensure proper progress and resolve potential issues.
  • Assigns mechanics to jobs to most effectively utilize their skill set and maximize performance.
    Ensures all employees are properly supervised and have all the necessary tooling, equipment, specifications, drawings and procedures to properly accomplish their jobs.
  • Deconflicts work and informs the General Foreman of any potential problem that jeopardizes completion of quality work within budget and schedule.
  • Inspects every job by every mechanic upon completion to ensure trade quality standards and attention to detail have been met.
  • Attends daily production meetings and coordinates their assignments with other shops and insures projected goals are met and all issues are being addressed.
  • Monitors trade / shop rework trends and implements corrective action.
  • Participates in development of standard / best practice and continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Manages workforce performance and compliance to company rules; Implements corrective action, conflict management, and disciplinary action when necessary.
  • Monitors workforce performance and absenteeism.
  • Performs all job functions in accordance with NASSCO’s Mission, Vision, Values and Principles.
  •  Performs other responsibilities and duties as assigned.



Accountable to the General Foreman for the efficient and effective performance of trade personnel while adhering to budgetary, quality, manpower, schedule, and safety requirements.




Regular, reliable attendance on-site is an essential function of the job. Must be willing to travel, have reliable transportation and qualify to operate a company vehicle.  Must be a U.S. citizen and qualify for a CAC or DBIDS badge.  Must have reliable record of attendance and punctuality and be available for overtime as required.  Must be able to physically transit all areas of the facility, the drydock, other facilities where work is being performed, and all ships.  Must be able to spend up to 70% of time in an outdoor shipyard environment in all climates.  Regularly required to sit, stand, use hands and fingers, handle or feel objects or controls, and to talk and hear.  Must have good eye/hand coordination.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud. Must be familiar with working in a naval-ship-work-environment and be able to go aboard marine vessels and the drydock, climb ladders, work in tanks and confined spaces, and wear personal protective equipment.  These areas can be dirty, dusty, hot or cold, and noisy. 


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