Test and Activation Specialist II- 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: Supervisor Test and Activation Specialists


DUTIES / RESPONSIBILITIES: Under limited supervision, performs moderately complex test technician duties in support of Test Engineers.  Guidance is available from superiors as needed.

  • Works from limited documentation, schematics, diagrams, notes, production prints and layouts.
  • Performs operational/functional tests, troubleshoots and debugs assemblies, subassemblies, and systems to isolate faults and determine remedies for malfunctions.
  • Sets up specialized test equipment for checkout of non-routine assemblies and systems.
  • Utilizes normal and specialized manufacturing test or diagnostic equipment specific to the products.
  • Prepares  diagnostic  tests  and  assists  in  the  design,  construction,  test  and checkout of complex test equipment and test procedure development.
  • Utilizes a wide variety of developmental/manufacturing test or diagnostic equipment to check out, test, and troubleshoot complex or complete systems.
  • Normally  assigned  to  areas  such  as  fabrication,  production  test,  system checkout, quality control, or the like.
  • Complies with Austal’s employee handbook general guidelines, company procedures and policies.



  • High School Diploma or GED required.
  • Two (2) to four (4) years’ Test and Activation experience in a shipyard, marine,         aerospace, or off shore oil and gas environment required.
  • Test training equivalent to two (2) years technical trade school or military technical school, and/or, Navy, Coast Guard, or Merchant Mariner experience will be considered in lieu of work experience.
  •  Desire and ability to work in a shipyard environment required.


Preferred experience and/or training:

  •   Proficient in industrial or marine ancillary machinery systems installation/operation.  
  •   Proficient in shipboard engineering plant terminology and operations.
  •   Basic understanding of ship construction drawings and testing procedures.
  •   Basic knowledge of how marine equipment should operate.
  •   Basic mechanical and/or electrical aptitude.
  •  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.


•    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:

  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19
  • 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


  • 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.

TOOLS: Multi-meter

  DISCRETION EXERCISED:  Within establish procedures and guidelines. 

            LIAISES WITH:  Preservation & Preventative Maintenance (P&PM) personnel and Vessel   Watch standers, Production Trades, Engineering and Vendors.


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 12while 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 36openings 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 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, moving mechanical parts, high precarious places, outside weather conditions, and extreme heat. The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes and/or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and heat and cold. The noise level in the work environment is usually very loud.


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