Test and Trials Engineer - All levels

Date: Sep 29, 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





Perform and conduct all Test and Trials operations, prepare Test Procedure documentation, maintain Test Schedule, ensure completeness and accuracy of completed Test paper work and related reports.  Coordinate and integrate test conduct with Outfitting Production work and deal effectively with Regulatory Bodies and Customer representatives.


Reports directly to Senior Test & Trials Engineer or Manager Test & Trials, Supervises various trades as required.  Deal with Customer, Regulatory Bodies, and Quality Assurance representatives, other Test Supervisors, various disciplines, crafts personnel, various NASSCO Organizations, suppliers and subcontractors.



  • Test Procedure preparation, conduct and reporting.
  • Test Coordination
  • Test Planning and pre-test Instructions
  • LMS Reporting
  • Supervise, work with and train test crew personnel
  • Hands on operation of systems and equipment
  • Fill in as Working Test Supervisor
  • Coordinate test conduct between Production, Test, QA, Customer, and Regulatory Bodies
  • Assign work
  • Perform other tasks as required or assigned by the Test Manager
  • Manage and progress work being accomplished by subcontractors/repair facility.
  • Other responsibilities and duties as assigned.


  • Associate degree in Marine Field (or equivalent training) and a minimum of 3 years’ experience  Operating Shipboard Machinery. 
  • Proven experience in Marine Mechanical and Electrical Systems, Centralized Controls System Operations, Deck Machinery, Cargo Handling Systems, Ballast Systems, Personnel Management, Quality Assurance, Planning and be familiar with Shipboard Operations. 
  • Have demonstrated experience in dealing with the Navy in the Ship Acceptance Test Program as well as familiarity with ABS and Coast Guard requirements.
  • Ability to interpret Building Specifications and Regulatory Rules to be able to prepare written Test Procedures for Shipboard Testing. 
  • Ability to utilize computer based Word Processing Software to create Test Documentation.



Must be able to climb on and around ships, including stairs, ladders, masts, and scaffolding.  Must be able to work around moving machinery, at heights and in confining or restricted spaces aboard vessels under construction/repair.  Must be able to handle stressful situations.  Must be able to operate High Reach equipment, Sky Climbers and Dock arms.  Physical dexterity must allow for bending and reaching.  Requires extended periods of standing and walking (8 hr/day).  Specific vision ability required by this job include close, distance, and peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.  Must be able to lift weights up to 50 pounds.  Must have good eye/hand coordination.  Must be physically able to commute to various areas in shipyard.  Endures noise levels from moderate to extremely noisy (75%).



Responsible to the Test Manager for the timely and accurate conduct of assigned tasks and for the timely notification of impending problems.



$81,000- $114,900


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. 


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