On-Site Field Machinist

Job ID
Posted Date
3 months ago(1/4/2023 1:32 PM)
Steel America
Regular Full-Time


Steel America is looking to obtain experienced candidates within our On-site Machine Shop within our Steel America Division. Some travel is required, so the ability to travel and gain access to government bases is crucial to the success of the role.

We are pleased to accept resumes for Machinists - 1st and 2nd Class. 

This is a full-time position with competitive pay, based on experience, and immediate work within our headquarters in Norfolk, VA and travel within the US and abroad.



  • Blueprint reading / technical writing- reports & records
  • Familiarity with measuring tools such as micrometers, height gauges, vernier calipers, and dividing heads 
  • Operate machine tools in varying tolerances according to need (from ½ thousands upwards) 
  • Familiarity with maintenance and repair the portable machines tools 
  • Experienced with the use of hoisting and rigging equipment for heavy pieces such as forklifts and chain falls 
  • Disassembled parts storage (bag and tag) 
  • System tolerance determination and application 
  • Rudders and Steering systems to include: blue checking and fitting, piano wire alignment method, stock straightness determination, hydraulic and pneumatic controls 
  • Bearings and Bushings to include: lubrication types and methods, piano wire fit and alignment method, dial indicator alignment 
  • Engines, Motors, and Generators: diesel engines, gas or steam turbines, generators, motors, reduction gears, clutches, PTO's, mount arrangements, systems flushing, heat exchanger (shell/tube and plate/frame), heat exchanger and systems leak testing 
  • Propulsion Shafting to include: CPP shafting, hydraulic couplings, clearance (water bearings), wear downs (oil bearings), Piano wire alignment method, dial indicator alignment, FRP spark test, bearing contact determination, shaft straightness (run out) determination 
  • Seals to include: gaskets, packing, and "O"-rings, lips & labyrinth, mechanical, tightness testing 
  • Valve work: leak testing, seat types, packing/gasketing/lubrication, lapping, seat types (materials and types) 
  • Propellers to include: Keyed, Tapered, Flanged & Key fits- Solid and Built, CPP Systems, Polishing 
  • K. Pumps to include: Valving (internal & external), Bearing & Sealing arrangements, Alignment (dial indicator & laser) 
  • Instruct lower classes of machinists; manage work/personnel assignments; requisition of job materials
  • Deck machinery: gear boxes, bearings/seal arrangements, alignments, drivers (electric, mechanical, or hydraulic), sheaves, cables, turrets, booms 
  • Safety: safe handling/use/storage of gasses; safe work practices; PPE; tank safe opening practices; lock-out/tag-out; confined space practices; respirator/harness fit; oil spill response


  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Successful career experience with the machining trade

  • Technical training preferred 
  • Must be able to read and comprehend blueprints, drawings and other technical trade related documents 
  • Mechanical ability, manual dexterity, and hand/eye coordination required to perform various projects, per drawings, sketches, and verbal or written instructions
  • All applicants must be able to obtain a DBIDS due to the location of some jobs.

Compensation & Benefits

Position compensation is based on experience.


Our benefits include:
• Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
• 401K
• Paid Time Off (PTO)
• Legal Services
• Annual performance evaluations
• On-site Human Resources
• On-site gym
• Free and close proximity parking
• Employee perks/gifts and more


All resumes are reviewed immediately for consideration.

Colonna’s Shipyard and our affiliates are pleased to be 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 protected veteran status.


  • Respect
  • Pride
  • Truth
  • Family

These are our VALUES and the guidelines that make us a leader in our industry. We are pleased and confident in stating that our skilled employees are among the most respected experts in the ship repair industry.


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