Crane & Rigging Supervisor- SDCA in San Diego, CA at Austal

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San Diego, CA

Job Description

Any qualified individual with a disability who is having difficulty in completing an application because of incompatible technology or other disability-related application issues may contact us at the following phone number for assistance: 251-445-1932.
Austal shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR §§ 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status or disability.  Austal’s commitment to equal employment opportunity applies at all levels of employment, in all job titles, including the executive level, and to all employment actions, including but not limited to decisions concerning recruitment, hiring, training, and promotion. 

REPORTS TO: Crane/Rigging Manager and/or Foreman   

SUPERVISES: Crane operators and riggers  


  • Promote through example and foster the continuous development of a work environment compliant with all applicable regulations, policies, and/or standards concerning hazard/loss control, environmental responsibilities, and security and health concerns.
  • Oversee the day-to-day work performance of crane operators and riggers.
  • Motivate direct reports, maintain a high level of morale, and minimize confrontation.
  • Provide continuous on-the-job training for all subordinates as part of a commitment to the concept of continuous improvement through safe efficiency.
  • Monitor timekeeping and verify labor charges.
  • Encourage effective communication and flexibility within the team and gain an understanding of their needs and problems.
  • Provide feedback to the Crane/Rigging Manager and Foremen on performance and recruitment requirements.
  • Ensure that good housekeeping and control of rigging material and tools are practiced at all work stations.
  • Set and monitor time goals for all tasks.   


  • Minimum 5 years experience as a crane operator/rigger preferably in a shipyard environment. 
  • Must be familiar with operation and safe uses of transporters.
  • Knowledge and understanding of all applicable OSHA, ANSI, and ASME regulations and standards concerning crane operating and rigging.
  • Good people management skills.
  • Computer skills (especially Outlook and Excel) preferred.
  • Must meet physical requirements for crane operators specified in the ASME B30.2 standard.
  • Previous supervisory experience is preferred but not required.
  • Must be willing to work any assigned shift and overtime when work load demands it.
  • Must have the ability to maintain a calm, thoughtful demeanor when faced with pressure situations.
  • Must be able to adapt to and adjust the daily work schedule according to changing circumstances as they present themselves.      


  •  Must be familiar with and be capable of providing instruction/guidance in use and care of rigging tools such as chain hoists, wire rope slings, nylon straps, shackles, spreader beams, snatch blocks, beam clamps, plate dogs, etc.



  • Will direct the work of the crane operators and riggers based on the day-to-day requirements of the project specifications.


  •  Adherence to budgets and implementation of schedules including providing evaluation of work performance of direct reports.


  •  All other crafts, trades, and sub-contractors through clear communication as to what support the Crane/Rigging Dept. will need to provide.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Must be able to tour all vessels and work sites.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, use hands to manipulate, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms, climb and balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to sit. 

Specific physical requirements include the following:

  • Must have the ability to bend, squat, stoop, crawl, and kneel.
  • Perform prolonged standing.
  • Ability to turn head from side to side and about the vertical axis.
  • Ability to turn body at the waist from side to side and about the vertical axis.
  • Lift/push/pull 50lbs to 75lbs on an occasional basis.
  • Lift/push/pull up to 20lbs on a frequent basis.
  • Must have the ability to climb in a safe manner (climbing as a minimum includes stairs, scaffolding, ladders, and ramps).
  • Ability to work at heights above 12’ while working from ladders, scaffolding and/or man lifts.
  • Able to work at a variety of levels (ex. waist, eye, overhead).
  • Demonstrate the ability to safely and appropriately use required tools and equipment.
  • Demonstrate good balance while working on uneven surfaces and maneuvering obstacles.
  • Possess sufficient handgrip and coordination to carry and operate tools and equipment.
  • Ability to utilize personal protective equipment (hard hat, safety glasses, steel-toes shoes, goggles, respirator, safety harness, safety line, flotation gear, etc.) safely per OSHA standards.
  • Ability to withstand cold and hot temperatures.
  • Ability to enter 18” x 36” openings and work in confined spaces for prolonged periods of time.
  • Able to respond to verbal and audible sounds/commands.
  • Able to utilize adequate visual skills.
  • Ability to fully extend the arm while reaching overhead, reaching out, reaching to the side and reaching down.
  • Ability to perceive attributes of an object/material such as size, shape, temperature and texture by means of receptors in the hands and fingers.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to humid conditions, bright flashing lights, moving mechanical parts, high precarious places, outside weather conditions, and extreme heat.  The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes and/or airborne particles at or below the PEL, toxic or caustic chemicals, and heat and cold.  The noise level in the work environment is usually very loud, + 90 dB.


Must comply with company, federal, state, and local safety and environmental rules and regulations while performing daily job tasks. 


Candidates must meet the following employment eligibility guidelines to be considered for employment with Austal USA:

  • 18 years of age or older.
  • Able to provide proof of US Person Status
  • No felony convictions of Theft/Deception or Violent crimes within seven years from disposition date
  • No felony convictions of Drug crimes within three years from disposition date
  • Willing to submit to a drug screen
  • Willing to submit to a background check
  • Must be Fully Vaccinated for COVID-19