Firefighter Intern- DOD Skillbridge Internship Applicants Only

Date: Jul 3, 2024

Location: San Diego, CA, US, 92113

Company: National Steel and Shipbuilding Com

Job Posting End Date: Until Filled

Shift:                               ALL

Security Clearance:      No Clearance Required




Basic Qualifications

DoD SkillBridge Eligibility:

  • Has served at least 180 days on active duty
  • Is within 12 months of separation or retirement
  • Will receive an honorable discharge
  • Has taken any service TAPS/TGPS
  • Has attended or participated in an ethics brief within the last 12 months
  • Received Unit Commander (first O-4/Field Grade commander in chain of command) written authorization and approval to participate in DoD SkillBridge Program prior to start of internship.
  • Education: HS Diploma
  • This is an internship for a departing military employee, not for a student in college.

If you are looking for a chance to experience civilian life and continue your mission to support our nation, then the General Dynamics NASSCO Military Internship Program is the amazing challenge you are looking for! At General Dynamics NASSCO, you will learn from the best, those teams that create the technologies, products and services that help our nations heroes keep our nation safe.

We are operating as an approved DoD SkillBridge Organization in accordance with Department of Defense Instruction 1322.29. General Dynamics NASSCO is honored to assist our military and has specifically designed our internships to prepare participants for their transition to civilian life.

The General Dynamics NASSCO SkillBridge Military Internship program is being afforded to all ranks, enlisted or officer, both active duty Military Members of all supporting branches and Military Spouses. Participants are not eligible for compensation from the company, as they continue to receive military compensation and benefits as active-duty service members. A General Dynamics NASSCO SkillBridge Military Internship, whether entry or mid-level, is an opportunity for individuals to gain valuable civilian experience through specific industry training during their last 6 months of service, for up to 180 days. You will job-shadow and learn from experienced leaders and other smart, motivated people. This program will help you develop best in class skills on mission critical work. Participation in General Dynamics NASSCO SkillBridge Military Internship Program is voluntary, Service member-initiated, and must be authorized by the individuals chain of command prior to the start of the internship. Successful completion of all necessary company agreements and documentation will also be required.

We encourage you to apply if you have any of these preferred skills or experiences:



As a NASSCO Fire Department Skillbridge Intern, he/she will have the opportunity to observe/ participate in the day to day conditions of an all hazards fire department. The intern will participate in training exercises and supervised hands on evolutions. At the end of internship, candidate will gain necessary tools to help with application process to an established SFT F/F1 academy.



  • Assists and supports fire and emergency calls under the direction of the duty supervisor and/or incident commander including but not limited to; lay hoses, carry and set up ladders, and use fire equipment.
  • Assists and supports in fire prevention methods including but not limited to:
    • Testing and setting up temporary fire mains on ships
    • Working with the Fire Techs, maintains a robust fire suppression equipment inventory (fire extinguisher, fire hose, nozzles, etc)
    • Conduct tours to ensure adequate water pressure to all areas of temp fire mains on ships and ensure adequate edge protection
  • Observes and assists in pre-fire and fire prevention inspections.
  • Participates in drills and training activities.
  • Other responsibilities and duties as assigned.
  • Gain Valuable Firefighter Knowledge, Hazardous Materials Awareness and Introduction to EMS.



  • Must have the ability to provide solutions to routine technical problems.
  • Must have the ability to communicate effectively, in both oral and written applications, which successfully supports other firefighters, employees and management.
  • Ability to safely follow simple commands



  • Basic knowledge of Firefighting, theories and concepts in the field and their practical applications to problems and situations ordinarily encountered.
  • CPR certificate
  • 3+ years of either:
    • Damage Control
    • Marine Chemist
    • Repair Technician
  • From  Personnel Qualification Standard Series 43119-4 Damage Control Watches:
    • 304: Fire Marshall
  • From  Personnel Qualification Standard Series 43119 Damage Control:
    • 308: Team Leader, 310: Advanced First Aid, 313: Scene Leader, 318: Repair Party Leader, 319: Repair Electrician, 320: Damage Control Training Team Member
  • From Personnel Qualification Standard Series 43704 Chapter 2 Engineering Collaterals and Qualifications:
    • 316: Gas Free Petty Officer
  • Additional Courses:
    • U46A: Damage Control Assistant Senior Enlisted (DCASE)
    • 756B: Shipboard Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense Operations and Training Specialist
    • J-495-0419: Advance Shipboard Fire Fighting
    • K-495-0040: Damage Control Repair Party Leader
    • K-495-0041: Damage Control Elite



  • CA OSFM Fire Extinguisher Certificate of Registration
  • CPR/ 1st Aid Certificate
  • Fire Basics Certificate
  • Hazardous Materials Awareness



Work occurs in both an outdoor shipyard environment and in an office setting. While performing the duties of this position, the employee must be able to work at heights and in confined or restricted spaces aboard vessels under construction/repair.  Daily inspections require climbing ladders, working at heights, walking on scaffolding, observing use of tools and operation of equipment/machinery. Physical dexterity must allow for bending, reaching, climbing, crawling, and working on ladders and scaffolding. Must be physically able to walk to all yard locations. Must be able to lift up to 100 pounds of weight.  Visual abilities required include close, distance and peripheral vision, depth perception and color recognition.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to dust, fumes, and smoke.  Must be able to spend up to 70% of time in an outdoor shipyard environment in all climates. The noise level is usually moderate to extremely noisy 70% of the time, which may include sirens, horns, chipping, and hammering.  Must be able to accomplish any task with Full PPE including but not limited to full turn outs, helmet and an SCBA.



Ensures NASSCO’s Injury and Illness Prevention Program meets company and regulatory requirements and is effectively implemented.  Responsible for the effective and efficient operation of the Safety and Fire Departments and for administering NASSCO’s Fire Management System.

  • Must meet DoD SkillBridge Qualifications as per DODI 1322.29.

What Sets You Apart:

  • Team player who thrives in collaborative environments and revels in team success
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development for yourself and others

Our Commitment to You:

  • Intern program participants will receive training and job-shadowing opportunities to gain skills to meet the specific needs of the organization and will be prepared to meet the General Dynamics NASSCO mission. We strive to be the shipyard of choice for securing our nation and fueling our economy. We are highly dedicated professionals anchored in teamwork and propelled by innovation. We are OneTeam, OneNASSCO, better every day.
  • This program provides a comprehensive internship experience including professional development, networking with leadership, and training specifically focused on General Dynamics NASSCO leadership expectations, company history, customer / stakeholder engagement, product and service overview, and core job responsibilities.
  • Offer transitioning service members a rewarding opportunity to learn from the General Dynamics NASSCO team.
  • Should this lead to a direct hire opportunity: We offer competitive benefits, including 401k matching, flex time off, paid parental leave, healthcare benefits, health & wellness programs, employee resource and social groups, and more.

Workplace Options:

  • This position is working 100% in the facility.

See more at : Skillbridge - General Dynamics NASSCO


Salary Note
This estimate represents the typical salary range for this position based on experience and other factors (geographic location, etc.). Actual pay may vary. This job posting will remain open until the position is filled.
Combined Salary Range: USD $0.00 - USD $0.00 /Yr.



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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