Welder Trainee (Mid-Level)

Date: Feb 14, 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




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.



Who Are We Looking For


  • Hard-working and motivated individual
  • Interested in ship-building manufacturing industry
  • Works well in teams
  • Enjoys working with their hands
  • Interested in a training program and enjoys learning new skills
  • Interested in learning a new trade
  • Interested in training and/or advancing their career
  • 1-2 years of welding experience
  • Recent or soon to be graduate of a Vocational or Trade school 




  • Trainee position encompasses paid hands on training in specified trade.
  • Welds assembly plating as specified by NASSCO and Navy Standards.
  • Able to follow written/oral instructions.
  • Welds fabricated cast or forged components according to specifications knowledge of welding characteristics of metal.
  • After training, students will go through step progressions based on skill and ability in order to progress to Journeyman.


Essential Job Tasks


  • Training is focused on the ability to weld various sizes and shapes of metal objects such as pipe, channel iron, tanks, structural forms, plate metal, sheet metal, etc. not involving high pressure.
  • Welds parts in position for fabrication of vessels, tanks or other structural assemblies.
  • Uses carbon electrodes to cut, shape, and groove metal.
  • May prepare workplace for welding by cleaning and/or preheating.
  • Examines weld sizes of weld beads.
  • Working knowledge of different metals and alloys commonly welded, various electrode types and sizes and accepted procedures and practices used in all types of welding.
  • Actively participates in continuous improvement initiatives to improve safety, improve quality, reduce cycle time, and reduce costs.
  • Students will learn to weld in horizontal, vertical and overhead positions.
  • Successful completion of NASSCO training program.
  • Performs other related tasks as assigned, some of which may become essential to the position.


Qualification Standards


  • High school education/equivalent preferred.
  • Must have the mechanical and technical knowledge and skill to perform operator maintenance on all equipment pertinent to the position.
  • Must be able to work from procedure and other specifications.
  • Knowledge of Navy and Commercial standards is helpful.
  • Ability to understand verbal and written instructions and to communicate effectively (in English) required.
  • Must show at least two years of continuous, stable and verifiable employment, and/or training.
  • Must have 1-2 years of welding experience.


Physical/Mental Involvement


  • Excellent eye hand coordination.
  • Ability to climb ladders.
  • Able to work in confined spaces.
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision.
  • Must have problem solving skills.
  • Must have a good understanding of math and measurements.
  • Must have 20/20 OR correctable vision and color vision.
  • Must be able to demonstrate flexibility and versatility with respect to work tasks
  • Must possess observation skills, ability to respond quickly, good judgment and on-going safety awareness
  • Frequent carrying, pushing, pulling, standing, manual dexterity, reaching, seeing, hearing, occasional kneeling, reclining and finger dexterity.
  • Must be able to work all shifts and at heights.
  • Construction or manufacturing background preferred and have strong mechanical skills.
  • Maintain safety awareness and ability to follow directions.


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 constantly moving machines and mechanical parts and high levels of constant noise.




$19.75 - $28.69



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. 


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.


To learn more about applicant rights under federal law, click here:

EEO is the Law Poster: https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf

EEO is the Law - Supplement: https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/OFCCP_EEO_Supplement_Final_JRF_QA_508c.pdf

Pay Transparency: https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/OFCCP/pdf/pay-transp_%20English_formattedESQA508c.pdf


If you have a disability that impacts your ability to complete the job application process and would like to request an accommodation, please contact our Human Resources Department.

Call (619) 544-8511 or email nasscohr@nassco.com. This contact information is for accommodation requests only, not to inquire about the status of applications.


Nearest Major Market: San Diego

Job Segment: Pipe Welding, Welding, Defense, Military, QA, Manufacturing, Government, Quality