Date: Jan 27, 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




Job Summary


Assembles, cuts, and grinds metal structural parts to include plates, bulkheads, strong backs, turnbuckles, and come-along.  Aligns parts in relation to each other.  Tacks and welds foundation and structural members.  Performs lay out work according to blueprints or reference lines.  Marks location of holes to be drilled, drives wedges and installs temporary fasteners to hold part in place for welding.  Performs other related tasks as assigned.


Qualifications Standards


Minimum two years of on the job experience, demonstrated knowledge of blueprint reading, ship terminology and different metals required.  Good burning, welding and craftsmanship skills.  Mechanical ability preferred.  T-1 welding certificate required for FCAW (flux core), SMAW (stick) optional but highly recommended. Ability to pass hands on assessment test conducted by NASSCO.  Must be able to work at heights, in confined spaces, and on any assigned shift.  Must comprehend written and verbal instructions (in English). Must be able to hear warning signals, read and comprehend safety instructions, regulations and warnings.


Essential Job Tasks


  1. Lay out work from blueprint
  2. Cut, burn, grind, rip out and fit metal structural parts for placement on ship.
  3. Tack and weld foundation and structural members.
  4. Operate high reaching equipment including condors, sky climbers, scissors lift.
  5. Set up tools and equipment at job site.  Cleans up and removes scrap to nearest scrap tub.
  6. Operate overhead cranes and use rigging equipment.
  7. Other job duties as may be assigned relevant to the trade.


Materials, Tools, Equipment, Work Aids


Blueprints, welding equipment, grinders, cutting torch, hand tools, come-along, chain hoist, turn buckles, porta power, sky climbers, condors, dock arms, scissors lift and personal protective equipment.


Physical/Mental Involvement


Lifting up to 50 lbs. Standing, balancing, walking, climbing ladders or equipment, reaching above shoulder or out in front, manual dexterity, pushing, pulling, kneeling, bending, seeing, hearing and occasionally lowering self into confined spaces, crawling through small openings and working in reclined positions, as needed.  Works in all areas of the shipyard and on board ships. Hearing warning signals, 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 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, mechanical parts, and high levels of constant noise.




$30.37 - $34.72



Hourly Roles

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. 




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