San Diego, CA

The Work We Do
NAVAIR’s Fleet Readiness Center Southwest at North Island is located in the Navy’s super port of San Diego. We utilize state-of-the-art management systems and best business practices to provide comprehensive, quality support to Sailors and Marines through the overhaul, repair and modification of Navy and Marine Corps front line aircraft and components. It’s the lead facility nationwide performing overhaul, repair and modification of the F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet. North Island initiated a methodology that replaces the center section of the aircraft to enhance and extend its useful life with fleet units, increasing readiness while avoiding substantial replacement costs. We partner with industry and other government agencies by supporting naval aeronautical and related technology systems with which the operating forces can train, fight and win. Our capability to produce intricate metal and composite components ensures that the entire Navy is capable of meeting emergency requirements. 

Living & Working in San Diego
North Island is located in the only protected deep-water port in southern California. Our location has been fixed since 1919, with little encroachment now possible, ensuring ready access of our industrial capacity and capabilities to major shore-based activities throughout the region. We employ about 450 engineers, scientists and other technical professionals to solve problems in electronics, avionics, mechanics, hydraulics, metrology, optics and chemistry. 

San Diego is one of the most desired places to live in the nation. It has incredible diversity, beautiful warm weather year-round, access to beaches and mountains and a myriad of other travel destinations. It’s an incredibly fun place to live and work. Big name attractions like Sea World, the San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park and Legoland are just a few of the great places to see. We have the largest concentration of museums west of the Mississippi, art galleries, theater, symphony, performance art and more. Sports fans will be right at home, with professional baseball, football and hockey. There’s plenty to keep you active too – whale watching, golfing, deep-sea fishing, rollerblading, bike riding, surfing, sailing and more. Our on-base facilities include an 18-hole golf course, movie theater, gym/fitness center, recreation center, ticket and travel office, wood hobby shop, auto skills shop, bowling center and child & youth programs. You can even extend your education at the University of California at San Diego, San Diego State University and the University of San Diego, among others. 

San Diego Stats
4,000 personnel
100 active-duty military personnel
Highly skilled, talented, innovative, dedicated professionals – average education level of 14 years and experience level of 22 years
One of the largest single employers in all of San Diego County for over 85 years, and the largest aerospace employer
$223 million payroll
$525 million regional impact
358 acres
2,386,939 square feet of building space
Facility valued at an estimated $1.3 billion 
6 hangars
71 buildings

Who We Hire

  • Engineering

    • Aerospace Engineers
    • Computer Engineers
    • Electrical Engineers
    • Industrial Engineers
    • Material Engineers
    • Mechanical Engineers
  • Science

    • Chemists
    • Physicists
  • Business and Related Fields

    • Logisticians

And Professionals in:

  • Air Vehicles
  • Structures
  • Subsystems
  • Avionics
  • Aircraft Support Equipment
  • Propulsion & Power Systems
  • Metrology
  • Failure Analysis
  • Engineering Management
  • Software Engineering
  • Reliability & Maintainability
  • Program Management
  • Financial Management
  • Industrial Operations
  • Technical Trades

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