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Newport News, Virginia, United States

Date:  Jan 29, 2024

Req ID: 34711 
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:  No 

Clearance Required: Yes- Final Clearance 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.

This position is for Nuclear Engineering department E86 for Virginia Class (VCS) and Columbia Class (CLB) programs. Specifically, this position is for the Early RPM/Heavy Components Group which provides hands-on waterfront engineering support and oversight for the fabrication of Reactor Plant and Steam Plant assemblies as well as Reactor Plant heavy components. 
A successful candidate will possess analytical and problem solving skills to resolve technical issues which arise during submarine construction. The individual shall have the communication and relational skills to interface and discuss technical issues with technical and non-technical personnel as well as government representatives, customers, and vendors. In addition, the individual will be willing to actively work on the waterfront to support onsite inspections of problems and provide support to trades during construction, including certain lifting and handling evolutions. 
Typical duties in this role include the following:
1. Collaborate with peers, construction management, and craftsmen on a regular basis.
2. Performing onsite inspections of construction issues that arise during submarine construction in support of resolving Engineering Reports.
3. Support material issue resolution through answering QNs
4. Using technical writing skills to develop technical work instructions such as SCNIs and SCNPs
5. Review, interpret, and maintain construction drawings for fluid system components 
6. Support production meetings on behalf of engineering in order to support timely resolutions and provide engineering insight on construction issues.

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.

Problem Solving; Critical Thinking; Project Management; Technical Writing

Security Clearance Required

Nice to Have

A basic understanding of reactor plant and/or non-nuclear steam plant fluid systems and components, reactor plant and/or steam plant cleanliness, system test processes in a construction environment and experience with ship construction processes. Knowledge of the procurement process and vendor liabilities (i.e. VIRs, VQs and QNs) is advantageous. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.  Ability to work with multi-disciplinary teams of personnel with varying backgrounds and experience levels.


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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