Planner Estimator I PDSS in San Diego, CA at Austal

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:  Sustainment Support Engineering Manager



  • Responsible for taking tasked Ship’s Force/Intermediate/Depot Level shipyard work which includes temporary/rigging/welding/transportation/scaffolding/rentals/tooling to support repair, modernization, preventative maintenance actions, and presenting them as estimated work requirement statements at the SWLIN and Line Item level to support cost estimate to execute the work specification.  
  • The position requires basic knowledge, comprehension and experience with reviewing work specifications, engineering drawings, Liaison Action Requests (LAR), technical manuals and NAVSEA standard items in order to provide detailed cost estimates to the paragraph and trade level for labor, material, safety and quality requirements in a blended estimate which includes make/buy decisions and 009-23 interferences.
  • Responsible for individual cost elements (e.g. direct labor mix and hours, material mix and cost, and subcontractor mix and cost) proposed to accomplish ship repair and/or maintenance requirements on board naval vessels, including equipment removal, installation, and testing.
  • This position requires basic knowledge and comprehension of the Joint Fleet Maintenance Manual (JFMM), ship repair planning and estimating requirements, U.S. Navy surface ship maintenance and modernization planning processes, use of the Navy Maintenance Database.
  • Support the process improvement initiatives that creatively improve efficiency and effectiveness by defining estimating processes and implementing changes to eliminate non-value added steps.


  • General:
  • Must have a minimum of 1 years’ experience in estimating Navy repair 4E Work Specifications for services, maintenance, repair, and alterations of shipboard systems and structure.
  • Must have a basic understanding of NMD, naval maintenance availability planning, execution, modernization processes, and procedures.
  • Must have a basic knowledge of US Navy, ABS and NVR maintenance and repair requirements, which includes NAVSEA Standard Items.
  • The candidate must possess good communication skills to coordinate with senior planner estimators.
  • The candidate must be a high school graduate and shall also have at least two (2) years of education in a technical/vocational school, apprentice training, or equivalent time in a shipyard trade.
  • The candidate shall have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office products with substantial experience working with Excel.
  • Prior U.S. Navy, MSC or USCG experience desired, but not required
  • Must be hold or be able to obtain a Secret Security Clearance
  • The candidate must maintain a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.
  • US Citizenship.

TOOLS:  Computer – MS Office, AutoCAD


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LIAISES WITH: Planner Estimators II, III, and IV.


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. 


  • The ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense clearance may be required if deemed necessary in the scope of your position responsibilities.
  • Candidates must meet the following employment eligibility guidelines to be eligible for employment with Austal USA:
  • 18 years of age or older at time of application.
  • Able to provide proof of US Person Status
  • Willing to submit to a drug screen
  • Willing to submit to a background check
  • 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