Inside Machinist

Date: Jun 18, 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




Who We Are


General Dynamics NASSCO is one of three shipyards in the Marine Systems group of General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE: GD). General Dynamics NASSCO traces its beginnings to the industrial heart of San Diego, along the working waterfront of beautiful and historic San Diego Bay. The company has been designing and building ships in San Diego’s industrial corridor since 1960 and is the largest full service shipyard on the West Coast of the United States.


Job Summary


Operates machine tools such as lathes, milling machines, shapers, or grinders to produce precision metal parts, both in small and large quantities.  Ensures products meet precise specifications.  Occasionally assembles mechanical components such as gearboxes and pumps. Performs other related tasks as assigned, some of which may become essential to the position.


Qualification Standards


High school education or equivalent is required. Technical school or Machinist Apprentice graduate preferred.  Must have two years apprenticeship and three years experience in a machine shop or five years equivalent work experience.  Proficient in using precision measurement tools and understanding both Imperial and Metric measuring systems as well shop mathematics, including geometry, trigonometry, decimals and fractions. Must have ability to work at heights, in confined spaces, and be available to work any shift. Must comprehend written and verbal instruction, blueprints and specifications, and hear warning signals, read and comprehend safety instructions, regulations and warnings.


Essential Job Tasks


  • Machine parts to specifications using machine tools
  • Shape steel, aluminum, plastic, and other materials
  • Calculate dimensions using mathematics and measuring instruments
  • Select the appropriate tools and machines to be used in preparation of machinery work
  • Plan the sequence of cutting and finishing operations
  • Position and secure work piece on the drill press, lathe, milling machine, or other machines
  • Monitor and control feed rate and speed of parts being machined, to ensure optimum production rates and quality of parts produced
  • Detect and identify problems during manufacture; perform corrections as necessary, while maintaining technical requirements of the part(s) being produced
  • Check accuracy of finished parts against blueprints and specifications
  • Assemble mechanical components
  • Occasionally perform machining operations using portable equipment onboard ships
  • Other tasks as may be assigned relevant to the trade


Materials, Tools Equipment, Work Aids


Machining equipment such as drill, lathe, and milling machine, measuring equipment, such as micrometers and venire calipers, various hand and power tools, such as hammers, drills, grinder, welding equipment, cable cutters, electrical tape, electrical test equipment, blueprints, Navy standards manual, and cleaning equipment. Personal protective equipment required.


Physical/Mental Involvement


Frequent lifting up to 50 lbs, carrying, pulling, standing, balancing, walking, climbing ladders or equipment, reaching above shoulder or out in front, manual dexterity, pushing, pulling, kneeling, bending, stooping, hearing and occasionally lowering self into confined spaces, crawling through small openings and working in reclined positions, as needed. Must have color vision and good eye/and/foot coordination. 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 hazard commonly present in employee’s work area.


Marginal Job Tasks


Housekeeping in all work areas, including sweeping. May be required to attend safety, quality and/or process improvement meetings.


Environmental Factors


Exposure to fumes, odors, dust, gases, various climates and temperatures and low ventilation conditions, all of which can cause discomfort and/or respiratory difficulties. Exposure to constantly moving machines and mechanical parts and high levels of constant noise.



PAYSCALE: $32.10 - $35.45




This pay range is a reasonable estimate of the hourly range for this role. It takes into account the wide range of factors considered in making compensation decisions; including but not limited to skill sets, experience, training, and education. General Dynamics NASSCO also provides a variety of benefits including medical & dental insurance coverage, 401(k) retirement savings plan, flexible spending accounts/HSAs, life and disability insurance, company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO), wellness coaching, and an onsite health services. 



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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