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Production Engineer

Date: Mar 13, 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




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.



Analyzes, designs, estimates, plans and implements production engineering projects. Assist in development of junior personnel as applicable. Reports to the Production Engineering Manager.  May be assigned to a Production Engineering Specialist or a Senior Production Engineer for direct supervision. Interfaces with other Production Engineering staff, Standards, Planning, and Production supervisors.




  • Assist in collection of information necessary to evaluate existing and alternative production engineering and associated processes and designs.
  • Assist in analysis necessary to develop production engineering processes and designs commensurate with the company's immediate and long-range goals including amortization, budget, and schedule. 
  • Assist in preparation of written and verbal presentations as necessary to justify plans resulting from (2) above.
  • Assist in coordination of all aspects of the production-engineering plan with all affected groups and departments. 
  • Follow up as appropriate including project performance reporting, impact review, and establishment of approved standard production engineering methods. 
  • Provide training and guidance to Associate Engineers and other junior personnel as appropriate.




  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering (Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or similar) or 5 years of relevant experience, with an additional minimum 2 years of specific Production Engineering experience.  Communication skills are essential.
  • Knowledge of:
    • Personal computer-based applications.
    • Production engineering and associated processes.
    • Shipbuilding processes.
    • Integrated schedule development.
    • Production engineering strategy development.
    • Manufacturing standards.
    • Data and schedule analysis techniques.
    • Quality Industrial Engineering techniques.
    • NASSCO safety policy.


  • Skill in:
    • Communication orally, including effective participation in discussions and meetings.
    • Communication in writing, including ability to produce material consisting of complex data, rationale, conclusions, recommendations, and lessons learned.
    • Development of plans and schedules.
    • Correction of technical conflicts between Engineering, Materials, and Production. Technical and design problem resolution.
    • Project task management.
    • Use of computer-based tools to generate reports, charts, schedules, and graphs.
    • Blueprint and composite drawing analysis.
    • Design for Manufacturability (DFM) application.
    • Interpersonal working relationships, with emphasis on cooperation and teamwork.


Requires ability to physically commute to various areas of the shipyard including but not limited to shipboard activities.  Must be capable of climbing ladders and transiting through manholes and other confined, congested spaces.  Physical dexterity must allow for bending and reaching.  Must maintain mental alertness and all safety requirements, particularly when transiting in production areas.


While performing the duties of this position, the employee is occasionally exposed to dust, welding/burning fumes, and smoke.  Must be able to spend up to 50% of time in an outdoor shipyard environment in all climates.  The noise level is usually low to moderate in office environments and moderate to noisy in production environments 70% of the time.  Production noise may include sirens, horns, chipping, and hammering. 

  • Actively participates in implementing and monitoring continuous improvement initiatives to improve safety, improve quality, reduce cycle time, and reduce costs.




Work occurs in both an outdoor shipyard environment and in an office setting. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to focus. Color determination, position requires the ability to distinguish color. Regularly required to sit, use hands and fingers, operate computer keyboard and controls, and communicate verbally and in writing. Requires ability to commute physically to various areas of the shipyard including but not limited to shipboard activities. Work at heights, position requires the ability to walk on scaffolding and work at heights aboard vessels under construction or repair. Must be capable of ascending/descending stairs or ladders, walking on uneven surfaces, and transiting through manholes and other confined, congested spaces. Physical dexterity must allow for bending and reaching. Carry, lift, push or pull, position requires employees to carry, raise, lower, push or pull objects up to 30 lbs. Must remain alert and comply with all safety requirements. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is exposed occasionally to dust, fumes, and smoke. Must be able to spend up to 50% of time in an outdoor shipyard environment in all climates. The noise level is relatively low to moderate in office environments. The noise level in the outdoor shipyard production environment is moderate to noisy 70% of time which may include sirens, horns, chipping, and hammering



Results related to the quality and timeliness of achieving project goals, specifically on the ability to develop and implement adequate production engineering designs and processes, which maximize productivity and throughput.




$74,800 - $113,100


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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