Test and Activation Specialist I in Mobile, AL at Austal

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Mobile, AL

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: Test and Activation Manager


DUTIES  /  RESPONSIBILITIES:  This  position  is  an  entry  level  in  the  test technician & activation job family. Under close supervision, performs routine test technician duties in the support of higher level Test Specialists.

•    Works  from  schematics,  diagrams,  written  and  verbal  descriptions,  layouts  or defined plans to perform routine testing, checkout, and trouble-shooting functions of a simple nature.

•    Performs routine operational test and fault isolation on systems and equipment to ensure conformance with final product specifications.

•  Utilizes routine manufacturing test or diagnostic equipment specific to the product.

•    May  perform  limited  design  activities  in  support  of  test  equipment/procedures development.

•    Assigned to activities such as production, test, system checkouts, quality control.

•  Conducts defined tests and collects data as assigned.

•  Diagnoses and isolates malfunctions down to the component level.


•    Preferred experience and/or training:

  • Testing experience in a shipyard, marine, aerospace, industrial/commercial, or off shore oil and gas environment.
  • Two (2) years technical trade or military technical school.
  • Prior Navy, Coast Guard, or Merchant Mariner experience.
  • Basic understanding of ship construction drawings and testing procedures.
  • Basic knowledge of how marine equipment should operate.
  • Basic Mechanical and/or Electrical aptitude is essential.
  • Basic understanding of mechanical and electrical propulsion and electrical power generating equipment.
  • Demonstrated ability to read and interpret electrical and piping system diagrams, schematics and drawings.
  • Knowledge of diesel engines and gas turbines
  • Knowledge of shipboard damage control systems
  • Knowledge of hydraulic systems and shipboard deck equipment
  • Knowledge of Auxiliary and/or HVAC systems.

•  Desire and ability to work in a shipyard environment required.

•    Ability to maintain proficiency in shipboard engineering plant terminology and operations; retain knowledge of industrial or marine ancillary machinery systems installation and operation required.


•    The ability to obtain and maintain a DoD clearance may be required if deemed      necessary in the scope of your position responsibilities.

      •    All candidates must meet Austal USA’s basic employment eligibility guidelines:

  • 18 years or older at time of application
  • Able to provide proof of US Person status  (permanent resident or citizen)
  • 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

. High School Diploma/GED or comparable trade experience with comparable trade experience defined as five (5) or more years of experience working in the applicable trade, two (2) years of experience in shipbuilding or, education in the trade comparable to apprenticeship.


This position will require repair efforts in various offsite locations and will be required to travel to customer sites to support work on vessels if deemed necessary in the scope of your position responsibilities. The potential for offsite travel can potentially be in excess of 15-25%. Some overseas travel is possible although NO TRAVEL to declared warzones is anticipated.



Basic hand tools


Socket sets

Etc to accomplish assigned tasks


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:

1.     Must have the ability to bend, squat, stoop, crawl, and kneel.

2.     Perform prolonged standing.

3.     Ability to turn head from side to side and about the vertical axis.

4.     Ability to turn body at the waist from side to side and about the vertical axis.

5.     Lift/push/pull 50lbs to 75lbs on an occasional basis.

6.     Lift/push/pull up to 20lbs on a frequent basis.

7.       Must have the ability to climb in a safe manner (climbing as a minimum includes

        stairs, scaffolding, ladders, and ramps).

8.       Ability to work at heights above 12while working from ladders, scaffolding and/or

        man lifts.

9.     Able to work at a variety of levels (ex. waist, eye, overhead).

10.     Demonstrate  the  ability  to  safely  and  appropriately  use  required  tools  and


11.     Demonstrate good balance while working on uneven surfaces and maneuvering


12.     Possess  sufficient  handgrip  and  coordination  to  carry  and  operate  tools  and


13.   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.

  14.   Ability to withstand cold and hot temperatures.

  15.   Ability to enter 18” x 36openings and work in confined spaces for prolonged

          periods of time.

  16.   Able to respond to verbal and audible sounds/commands.

  17.   Able to utilize adequate visual skills.

  18.   Ability to fully extend the arm while reaching overhead, reaching out, reaching to

          the side and reaching down.

  19.   Ability to perceive attributes of an object/material such as size, shape, temperature

       and texture by means of receptors in the hands and



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters whole 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,  higprecarious  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.