Machine Operator

Date: Sep 17, 2023

Location: San Diego, CA, US, 92113

Company: National Steel and Shipbuilding Com

Job Posting End Date:  Until Filled

Shift:                               1st, 2nd, and 3rd

Security Clearance:       No Clearance



Job Summary


Sets up and operates metal fabricating machines to cut, bend, straighten, drill, bevel, and form metal plates, sheets and structural shapes as specified by blueprints, layout and templates.  Performs other related tasks as assigned, some of which may become essential to the position.


Qualification Standards


Previous experience or training required.  Ability to work with a variety of fabrication machinery, hand tools and measuring devices required.  Ability to interpret blueprints, work from layout or templates, follow written or verbal instruction (in English), manipulate tools and machine controls and lift metal stock required.  Must be available to work any shift.  Must have good math skills.  Must be able to hear warning signals, read and comprehend safety instructions, regulations and warnings.


Essential Job Tasks


  • Select, position and clamp dies, blades, cutters and fixtures into machine.
  • Position and clamp stops, guides and timetables.
  • Set pressure and depth of ram stroke, adjustment rolls and speed of machine.
  • Locate and mark bending or cutting lines and reference points onto work piece.
  • Position workplace manually or by hoist against stops and guides or align layout marks with dies or cutting blades.
  • Reposition work piece and change dies, as needed, for multiple or successive passes.
  • Inspects work to insure proper tolerances.
  • Other jobs duties as may be assigned relevant to the trade.



Materials, Tools Equipment, Work Aids


Works on metal stock using a variety of fabrication equipment such as brakes, shears, rolls, saws and presses and hand tools.  May use hand torch or fumace.  Uses blueprints, layouts, and templates, rule, square, shims gauges, threaders, punches and angle shears.  Personal protective equipment required.



Physical/Mental Involvement


Repetitive or prolonged bending, stooping, kneeling, squatting, climbing, manual dexterity, reaching, seeing, hearing, reclining and finger dexterity.   Routine lifting between 50 and 75 lbs. and working in physically awkward and demanding positions. 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.   


Marginal job tasks


General housekeeping required in work areas.  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.



$25.60- $29.95


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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