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Engineering Assistant

Shift : ALL

Security Clearance: No Clearance

General Dynamics NASSCO-Norfolk is the consolidation of two great shipyards that have operated in the Port of Hampton Roads, Virginia for more than 50 years - the former Metro Machine Corporation and the former Earl Industries.  Along with our facilities in Bremerton, Washington, our expertise encompasses experience on more than 450 ships, a Master Ship Repair Agreement (MSRA) contract, and the maintenance and repair of aircraft carriers and ships from the Navy's amphibious fleet.



        Schedule and oversee the maintenance of Dry Dock machinery and equipment between Dry Docking evolutions. Understand and oversee the operation of the Dry Dock Ballast Control System during Dry Docking evolutions. Assists with engineering supervision in the absence of the Dockmaster.  Assists in the day to day operations logistics of the Waterfront Services Department.  Maintains NASSCO Norfolk and departmental policies. 


I      I.     POSITION DEMANDS (Education/Training/ Experience)


  • Typically has a BA/BS plus 1 years in a related field or AA/AS plus 2 years directly related experience or 4 years maritime industry experience.
  • 4 years of work experience of which at least two (2) years were supervisory experience.  Preferred experience in shipyard operations.
  • Develop in-depth knowledge in all facets of trades relating to Dry Dock operation or ship repair.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and utilization of production processes, methods, quality, and technology.
  • Effective leadership, communication, and team-building skills.
  • Proven ability to manage in a people environment.
  • Proficient in Microsoft products.
  • Develop knowledge of NAVSEA 1625D and Naval Ship Technical Manual Chapter 997.
  • Excellent command of the English language, both written and orally.
  • Familiarity with ship repair specifications and ability to read engineering drawings.
  • Must be able to manage multiple tasks while working toward execution.
  • Understands company and organization policies and standards; knows products and services.  Supports and commits to organization and NASSCO mission, vision, and values.
  • Places safety above production in performance of team activities.















Must be able to go on vessels






Visual Requirements:




















        Vision Requirements: The worker is required to be examined and show proof of being examined no less than every 10 years to ensure natural or corrected near-distance visual acuity in at least one eye, and for color perception using the Ishihara Test or the Farnsworth D-15 Test.




        Reports to the Dockmaster.  Coordinates various operations with multiple trades.  Oversees the daily operations of a crew of Dry Dock Mechanics performing maintenance and vessel support tasks. Provide support to Sr Engineer.




  • Ensures all employees are properly supervised and have all the necessary tooling, equipment, specifications, drawings and procedures to properly accomplish jobs.
  • Walks every job before assigning it to assess necessary preparations for an efficient and safe execution of the work.   Follows up at the job site multiple times a day to ensure proper progress and resolve potential issues.
  • Actively participates in implementing and monitoring continuous improvement initiatives to improve safety, improve quality, reduce cycle time, and reduce costs.
  • On-site deck-plate leader for the trade, working with a team of typically 8-15 mechanics/electricians to accomplish assigned production activities.  Responsible for safety, quality, schedule, and cost control for their team.
  • Ability to interpret information provided on Dry Dock Engineered drawings and to provide oversight for construction of ship support blocking systems.
  • Plans and projects manpower requirements to support Dry Dock activities.  Communicates resource requirements to the Dockmaster.
  • Assigns mechanics/electricians to jobs to most effectively utilize their skill set and maximize performance.
  • Reviews schedule for planning work and communicate progress to Dockmaster or Assistant Dockmaster.
  • Deconflicts work and informs the Dockmaster of any potential problem that jeopardizes completion of quality work within budget and schedule.
  • Inspects every job by every mechanic/electrician upon completion to ensure trade quality standards and attention to detail have been met.
  • Coordinates their assignments with other shops and insures projected goals are met and all issues are being addressed.
  • Monitors trade/shop rework trends and implements corrective action.
  • Participates in development of standard / best practice and continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Manages workforce performance and compliance to company rules; Implements corrective action, conflict management, and disciplinary action when necessary.
  • Monitors workforce performance and absenteeism.
  • Performs all job functions in accordance with NASSCO’s Mission, Vision, Values and Principles.
  • Develops daily work assignments and expectations for production workforce.
  • Maintains a safe work environment for all employees.
  • Actively participates in implementing and monitoring continuous improvement initiatives to improve safety, improve quality, reduce cycle time, and reduce costs.
  • Performs other responsibilities and duties as assigned.




        Regular, reliable attendance on-site is an essential function of the job. Responsible for effective, efficient and safe accomplishment of all tasks assigned to areas of responsibility. Responsible for adhering to:


•      Production schedules           

•      Work specifications

•      Budget constraints

•      Safety regulations

•      Staffing constraints

•      Safe docking operations

        Must be able to gain access to all work locations including government and private ship yards and/or vessels. Must be able to climb on and around ships and walk to other yard areas.  Requires extended period of standing and walking (75%).  Daily inspections require climbing ladders, working at heights, walking on scaffolding, and observing workers using tools and equipment.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to dust, fumes, chemical vapors and smoke.  Spends up to 100% of time in an outdoor shipyard environment in all climates and shifts.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance and peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.  Endures noise levels from moderate to extremely noisy (75%).


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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Salary Range
$45,000.00 - 86,000.00
per Year
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Norfolk, VA 23523, US