Machinery Tester

Date: Apr 5, 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


Commissions, operates, installs, maintains, and repairs ship's main propulsion and auxiliary systems including, but not limited to Steam, Gas Turbine, Diesel propulsion, propulsion shafting, propellers, rudders and steering engines.  Commissions, operates, installs, maintains ship's fluid systems including, but not limited to; pumps, compressors, purifiers, refrigeration units, heat exchangers, hydraulic motors actuators and valves.  Tests installed equipment to ensure systems meet specifications.  Installs and tests various shop equipment.  May perform responsibilities solely in the Test & Trials department.  Performs other related tasks as assigned, some of which may become essential to the position.


Qualification Standards


High school or equivalent education preferred.  Minimum three years in related experience or three years in any of the following U. S. Navy ratings: BM, BT, DC, EN, GSM, HT, MM, MMA, MR are preferred.  Training in shipboard system or equipment operations, machine shop, hardware alignment and blueprint reading preferred.  Need good mechanical skills.  EPA Universal Refrigeration Certification is beneficial but not required. Must have ability to use hand tools and to read technical manuals.  Need good knowledge of ship layout.  Must have ability to work at heights and confined spaces, access and move around ships safely.


Essential Job Tasks


  1. Must have the ability to read and comprehend Technical Manuals in English 
  2. Must read and understand blueprints, mechanical drawings, hydraulic and pneumatic schematics.
  3. Must start and secure shipboard systems or equipment.
  4. Initial light off of ship board systems and conduct testing in accordance with test procedures and technical manuals.
  5. Ability to troubleshooting and repair equipment when not operating according to specifications.
  6. Ability to work closely with others.
  7. Ability to use calculators to solve standard mathematical formulas.
  8. Must maintain constant safety awareness.
  9. Ability to safely use hand tools, power tools, portable drilling, boring and milling tools to install, maintain and repair machinery.
  10. Ability to go to sea for up to five days for sea trials testing (Up to twice per year) and occasionally work night shifts for short durations.


Materials, Tools Equipment, Work Aids


Measuring devices, high speed drills, hand tools, power tools, torque wrenches, and ship equipment such as engines, piping systems, main & auxiliary machinery. Personal protective equipment will be provided. Employee is expected to have a set of tools that is suitable for shipboard use including but not limited to- metric/standard open end wrench set, metric/standard sockets, metric/standard hex keys, pipe wrench, screwdrivers, pliers (standard and snap-ring), vice grips, channel locks, and measuring tape



Physical/Mental Involvement


Lifting/carrying equipment up to 65 lbs., standing, walking, reaching, pushing, balancing, pulling, crawling through small openings, manual dexterity, bending, seeing and hearing, and occasional bending and kneeling.  Ability to read and comprehend technical manuals and blueprints.  Practice required safety procedures.


Environmental Factors


Works in tight confined work spaces on board ship, units and blocks.  Works at varied heights.  Is exposed to various temperatures, wind and humid conditions.  Is exposed to fumes, odors and dust.  Works with toxic and caustic chemicals.  Is constantly exposed to loud machinery and tool noise.



$32.50 - $35.85


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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