Production Associate (PDP 2024)

Date: Sep 8, 2023

Location: San Diego, CA, US, 92113

Company: National Steel and Shipbuilding Com

Job Posting End Date: Until Filled

Shift:                               1st

Security Clearance:      No Clearance





The Professional Development Program is a department rotational program. The program consists of rotations through Production, Engineering, Planning, Supply Chain, 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. After successful completion of the program, the Production Associate will be assigned to a permanent position within the organization.



  • Develop comprehensive knowledge of shipbuilding and/or 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, preference in Engineering, Business or Maritime related subject matter. A broad understanding of maritime industry operations is desired but not required. 
  • Basic understanding of world-class manufacturing 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, PowerPoint and Access.
  • Must have the ability to express ideas in oral and written formats and demonstrate a high degree of personal flexibility.



Must be able to climb ladders and work in on-board shop 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 department/rotation manager on a regular basis to monitor status of assigned projects. Interacts with SOC Managers, General Supervisors, Trade Supervisors, Ship Managers, Superintendents, Engineers, Planners, Safety representatives, customers, vendors and subcontractors.

Pay Scale

$63,300 - $81,900


This pay range is a reasonable estimate of the salary 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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