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Production Associate

Date: Sep 29, 2021

Location: Norfolk, VA, US, 23523

Company: National Steel and Shipbuilding Com

Shift : ALL

Security Clearance: No Clearance


General Dynamics NASSCO-Norfolk is the consolidation of two great shipyards that have operated in the Port of Hampton Roads, Virginia for more than 50 years - the former Metro Machine Corporation and the former Earl Industries.  Along with our facilities in Bremerton, Washington, our expertise encompasses experience on more than 450 ships, a Master Ship Repair Agreement (MSRA) contract, and the maintenance and repair of aircraft carriers and ships from the Navy's amphibious fleet.




The Professional Development Program is a 2-year department rotation program. The program consists of rotations through Production, Quality Assurance, Planning, Business Operations, Safety, Programs, and other Departments. Production Associates will be required to complete job assignments in each department, as well as complete other projects specific to the program. At successful conclusion of the two-year program, the Production Associate will be assigned to a permanent position within the organization.


  • Develop comprehensive knowledge of ship repair processes
  • Develop managerial and leadership skills
  • Complete all projects/assignments in time allotted
  • Support company goals related to Safety, Quality, Cost and Schedule Performance
  • Be an active participant in NASSCO's continuous improvement culture
  • Complete internal and external training requirements
  • Complete performance evaluations at the culmination of each assignment
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • Contributing improvement ideas in Production, Planning and Engineering. Responsible for completing rotation assigned tasks in a timely and organized fashion. Must maintain a good attendance record and must be proactive and outgoing.
  • Actively participates in implementing and monitoring continuous improvement initiatives to improve safety, improve quality, reduce cycle time, and reduce costs. 


  • Requires Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Maritime related subject matter. A broad understanding of maritime industry operations is desired but not required.
  • Basic understanding of world-class ship repair techniques.
  • This position requires the ability to plan work and manage time effectively, to utilize effective interpersonal skills, to resolve conflicts and to lead and motivate others.
  • Proficient in the following computer applications: Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Must have the ability to express ideas in oral and written formats and demonstrate a high degree of personal flexibility.















Must be able to go on vessels






Visual Requirements:




















Must be able to climb ladders and work in on-board ship and assembly production areas.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, and peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. 


The employee is regularly required to sit, use hands to fingers, handle or feel objects, controls, and to talk and hear.  Must be physically able to walk to all yard locations. The noise level in this environment is usually moderate.




Reports to the Human Resources Manager (acting Supervisor for 2-yr rotation) who is responsible for administering the program. Also reports to department/rotation manager on a regular basis to monitor status of assigned projects. Interacts with General Foremen, Trade Foremen, Ship Managers, Superintendents, Engineers, Planners, Safety representatives, customers, vendors and subcontractors.




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 and the drydock.  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. 


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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