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Newport News, Virginia, United States

Date:  Jul 8, 2024

Req ID: 38105 
Entity: Newport News Shipbuilding

US Citizenship Required for this Position: Yes 

Shift: 1st 
Relocation: Relocation assistance will be available 
Virtual/Telework Opportunity: Yes - Occasional or hybrid telework available 

Travel Requirement:  Yes, up to 10% 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

Designs components or portions of systems and modifies existing designs to develop or improve products and facilitate manufacturing operations. Utilizes computer-aided design equipment and/or graphic tools such as, CAD, CAM, NX, or CATIA. Gathers information, makes studies, computes calculations, and prepares original rough layouts, sketches to present design proposal. Coordinates design criteria with engineering, manufacturing, tooling, material, and planning group such as ease of manufacture, availability of materials, and contractual specifications. Exclude classifications in which incumbents predominantly perform drafting assignments.


The Submarine Engineering Advanced Capabilities team is looking for a strong team member to support the development of Undersea Warfare Design concepts, and also the next generation Fast-Attack Submarine, SSN(X).  This is an exciting opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a new design program and have influence over what will become the Navy's premier attack submarine platform.


This position will be responsible for working collaboratively with other key stakeholders throughout the SSN(X) conceptual and design phases of the program to:
• Lead mechanical and large components studies for Undersea Warfare studies and future US Navy attack submarines
• Lead technology research and development studies to influence the future of US Navy submarines.
• Need to be flexible with work assignments and may perform duties outside of traditional discipline work scope. 
• Be responsible for leading and mentoring other designers in various studies.  
• Lead these cross-functional teams through design development and evaluations, and collaborate with designers and engineers to:
-solve complex spatial integration issues while meeting system and overall ship requirements
-translate operational capabilities and technology selections into workable 3D product model arrangements
• Be able to develop and effectively communicate design packages to both internal leadership and external customer(s).
• Be prepared to work in a collaborative and fast-paced environment.


This position will work closely with engineering and design personnel/peers for feedback in these areas, and require regular interface with these teams to accomplish responsibilities outlined above.  The candidate should have the ability to manage and track the products in their AOR, represent the team in meetings, and be prepared to brief management with status updates if needed.  This person will also serve as an advisor to management, other task leads, and other various customers when needed. The successful candidate should be willing to work any project or task regardless of discipline, size, or scope.

This position is for the Submarine Engineering – Advanced Capabilities team in Department E35.  

Ability to obtain Secret clearance will be required.

Must Have

Associate's Degree and 6 years of relevant experience

One of the following may be used as equivalent to Associate's Degree to meet minimum qualifications:

  • NNS Apprentice School graduate
  • Navy Nuclear Power School (NNPS) graduate
  • High School/GED and 2 years of related Manufacturing, Shipbuilding, Trades, Military experience
  • High School/GED and 4 years of non-related Manufacturing, Shipbuilding, Trades, Military experience

Nice to Have

• Extensive knowledge of US Navy submarine systems, requirements, system integration, arrangement best practices, and submarine unique considerations is preferred.
• Extensive experience in arranging a variety of submarine mechanical systems and large components.
• Knowledge and experience with multiple submarine platforms and other navy platforms for contrast is preferred.
• Experience in reading production drawings and interpreting technical manuals and documents. 
• Knowledge and experience using Siemens NX and Teamcenter, and also Inventor.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to work independently, and in groups


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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