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Newport News, Virginia, United States

Date:  Nov 17, 2023

Req ID: 35441 
Entity: Newport News Shipbuilding

US Citizenship Required for this Position: Yes 

Shift: 1st 
Relocation: No relocation assistance available 
Virtual/Telework Opportunity: Yes - Occasional or hybrid telework available 

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

Applies electrical, electronic, mechanical, and automation & control principles to components and systems including (analysis, assembly and construction of developmental assemblies, design and implementation of test plans, documentation of results, quality testing, sub-assemblies and components). Supports and participates in the design, fabrication and assembly of prototype electromechanical systems, modifications, and testing.  The primary role of this position is the development and deployment of robotics and automation solutions for Newport News Shipbuilding naval construction projects. In this role, you will design, develop, integrate, plan, prototype, research, test, and troubleshoot robotic and manufacturing automation solutions for component fabrication. Including structural fabrication and assembly, material movement, warehousing, and other industrial applications.  You will create motion and process programming for robotic and automated manufacturing systems. You may also create robotic and automation simulations to assist with throughput and business case analysis. In addition, you might design and create new robotic tooling systems and develop process parameters to improve robot and automation capabilities. You will be expected to perform complex analysis, concept development, design, and prototyping of robotic and automation solutions for shipyard manufacturing application. You will translate design intent from product models and technical disclosures to automation of manufacturing processes. You will need to understand production processes, up & downstream material requirements, and are the performances of the production processes, being operated to achieve the design intentions. You will diagnose and troubleshoot production line faults. You will also need to be familiar with object oriented programming. You will create engineering reports, presentations and documents, and work across multiple engineering and technical domains; including vendors, trades, management, senior leadership, and other engineering groups. 

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

Manufacturing and Systems Engineering experience in an industrial or shipbuilding manufacturing environment, specifically with shipbuilding manufacturing shops. Some experience with project management. 
Training or experience with one or more of the following software applications: robotic programming languages (Karel, RAPID), offline programming software (Arithmetic Robot Application Control (ARAC)), RinasWeld, RoboGuide, Robot Studio, Microsoft Visual Studios, Visual Components with Spatial Analyzer plugin, and 3D modeling packages (Inventor, or others)). 
Familiarity with major industrial 6 axis robotic systems (ABB, Fanuc) and collaborative robotics (Cobots). 
Familiarity with process automation controllers (Siemens, Allen Bradley, Phoenix Contact), and HMI controllers.
Experience developing robotic and automation solutions. 
Experience deploying robots in a production environment. 
Familiarity with NNS manufacturing and production processes. 
Candidates without preferred qualifications who are eager to learn will 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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