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Newport News, Virginia, United States

Date:  Mar 27, 2024

Req ID: 36262 
Entity: Newport News Shipbuilding

US Citizenship Required for this Position: Yes 

Shift: 1st 
Relocation: No relocation assistance available 
Virtual/Telework Opportunity: No - Not eligible for telework 

Travel Requirement:  Yes, 10%-25% of the time 

Clearance Required: No - Clearance Not Required to Start 


Meet HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding
With more than 25,000 employees – including third-, fourth- and even fifth-generation shipbuilders – HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division is the largest industrial employer in Virginia. We’re the sole designer, builder and refueler of U.S. Navy nuclear aircraft carriers and one of two providers of U.S. Navy nuclear submarines. Our diverse and innovative team of professionals ranges from skilled trades to project managers, engineers and software developers to solution architects, technical subject matter experts, and system users. Anchored in our rich, 135-year history, we collaborate together at the forefront of technology, manufacturing, and integration of the most powerful and survivable naval ships in the world. Want to be part of the team? Apply today! We look forward to meeting you.


The Role

Researches, plans, designs and develops mechanical products and systems such as instruments, controls, robots, engines, machines and mechanical, thermal hydraulic or heat transfer systems for production, transmission, measurement, and use of energy. Applies research to the planning, design, development, and testing of mechanical and/or electromechanical systems, instruments, controls, engines, and/or machines.


The selected candidate will be expected to function as either an R&D Program Lead and/or R&D Project Lead for work areas within the organization under the guidance of a team lead engineer. In either capacity the candidate will represent the organization as the prime technical and / or R&D program contact within our organization. May coordinate interdepartmental and / or external research efforts and/or project management activities. Responsible for project execution including project plans, communication, internal/external customer briefings, technical reviews, tests plan development and various other R&D related activities. The job will require the ability to perform both project management activities as well as perform or review technical products and / or deliverables. Additionally, technology development and research in various emergent fields is expected. 

Must Have

Bachelor's Degree and 2 years of relevant exempt experience; 
Master’s Degree and 0 year of relevant professional experience

Newport News Shipbuilding requires a Bachelor's Degree in engineering from an ABET accredited program.

Nice to Have

The ideal candidate will also possess the following preferred skills:

  • Practical experience in production areas supporting CVNs, VCS or CLB
  • Engineering knowledge gained attained through either new construction engineering (Carrier and / submarine) and / or overhaul engineering (Carrier and /or Submarine). Facilities engineering experience may also be considered
  • Waterfront engineering and / or waterfront experience is beneficial
  • Good verbal and written communication skills to clearly present technical approaches and findings
  • Demonstrated technical capability and the ability to work in team environment with craftsmen, individual contributors and leadership.
  • Demonstrated ability to brief upper management both internal and external to NNS (Office of Naval Research / Carrier / Sub PEO’s / Technical Warrant Holders (TWH). Expectation that research will be presented at external technical conferences. 
  • Demonstrated project management experience gained through practical and/or academic experience
  • Travel is expected. This may include conferences, briefs to Navy personnel, and shop / ship environment. Ability to support travel on emergent basis is desired (10 – 25%) 
  • The ability to perform technical work and / or project execution of emerging technologies, process development, test plan development R&D, materials analysis, technical scouting, and/or complete technical analyses are anticipated
  • Professional engineering licensure and/or master’s degree in technical field (ME, Marine engineering, management degrees with applicable bachelor education/ work experience may also be considered 


We build the world’s most powerful, survivable naval ships and defense technology solutions that safeguard our seas, sky, land, space and cyber. HII’s diverse workforce includes skilled tradespeople; artificial intelligence, machine learning (AI/ML) experts; engineers; technologists; scientists; logistics experts; and business administration professionals.


Recognized as one of America’s top large company employers, we are a values and ethics driven organization that puts people’s safety and well-being first. Regardless of your role or where you serve, at HII, you’ll find a supportive and welcoming environment, competitive benefits, and valuable educational and training programs for continual career growth at every stage of your career.


Working at HII is more than a job - it’s an opportunity to build a future. We offer comprehensive benefits including: medical, prescription drug, dental and vision plan choices, on-site health centers, tele-medicine, wellness resources, employee assistance programs, savings plan options (401K), financial education and planning tools, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, employee discounts, early childhood and post-secondary education scholarships, and more. Some benefits may vary depending on your specific division or work location. 

Together we are working to ensure a future where everyone can be free and thrive.

Today’s challenges are bigger than ever, and the nation needs the best of us. It’s why we’re focused on hiring, developing and nurturing our diversity. We believe that diversity among our workforce strengthens the organization, stimulates creativity, promotes the exchange of ideas and enriches the work lives of all our employees. 


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, or veteran status or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law. U.S. Citizenship may be required for certain positions.

Do You Need Assistance? 
If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Reasonable accommodations are considered on a case-by-case basis. Please note that only those inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this e-mail address.

Additionally, you may also call 1-844-849-8463 for assistance. Press #2 for Newport News Shipbuilding.

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