Nearly Seven Decades of Shipbuilding for this Family
Meet Ed Rosene, a senior designer for hull engineering who first started at NASSCO 30 years ago as a ship fitter trainee D. His family history at NASSCO spans nearly seven decades and more than 100 years of combined service. And collectively, his family has been involved in almost every new ship that has been built at NASSCO.
His grandfather began working at NASSCO as a ship fitter in the 1950s; his father, Larry Rosene, worked as a ship fitter supervisor and steel trades training coordinator from 1959 to the mid-1990s; his uncles, Don Rosene and Alan Rosene, both worked for NASSCO in the 1970s; and his uncle by marriage, Kenny Johnson, was a sheet metal fitter/chief shop steward from the 1960s until 2012.
Ed has been connected to NASSCO his entire life – and says it makes him proud to be involved in something that is so much bigger than just having a job.
“Being able to work with my father for as many years that I did was something special and It gives me a lot of pride. It showed me a different side of my father that I did not see at home. In addition, to see the way he affected people’s lives in a good way was amazing. To this day, people still ask me about him and tell me stories of how he changed their lives. Mind you, he has been retired for 17 years. I think having family members working at the same company gives you a special connection to the company and instills a different level of stewardship and commitment.”
When asked about what he likes most about his career at NASSCO, Ed points to the people:
“I really appreciate the relationships that are developed and the way we all work together to reach a common goal. We build the best ships in the world and we do it collectively. It’s not always easy as it looks, and there is no better feeling in the world than seeing that huge ship slide into the bay for the first time and knowing you had some part in making that happen.”