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Newport News, Virginia, United States

Date:  May 25, 2023

Req ID: 28748 
Entity: NN SHIPBUILDING (0265) 

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


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

This Mechanical Project Engineering position requires mechanical engineering skills to execute the planning, design, construction of heavy industrial and nuclear facilities, dry docks, piers and heavy waterfront and industrial projects. Position provides high level estimating, planning, design, and construction support for projects. Responsible for project concept design, drawing development and approval of complex design criteria, calculations and final drawing issue for construction. Position also requires surveillance of contracted design firms and contracted construction work. Position also provides technical work instructions, commissioning and construction checklists, and turnover of assigned project work. Performs quality control and quality inspection of design engineering and contracted work. Position also requires coordination of multiple technical functions including structural, geotechnical, electrical, civil, industrial engineering disciplines and NNS Maintenance and Operations Department.  Specific Projects include but are not limited to Yard wide Dredging, Bulkhead Maintenance, Steam Plant Overhauls, Steam Piping replacement, Dewatering Pump Replacement Overhauls. Experience in these areas are highly desirable.

Additional areas of responsibility include and are not limited to:
• Reviews and estimates design costs including equipment, installation, labor, materials, preparation, and other related costs. Inspects or directs the inspection of construction and installation progress to ensure conformance to established drawings, specifications, and schedules.
• Candidate preferred to have some mechanical engineering experience with mechanical infrastructure, building systems and machinery in a heavy industrial environment in the following or related areas: utility and process piping, chilled water, steam, compressed air, pumps, compressors, chillers, fans, fire protection systems, HVAC, process ventilation, fire alarm systems, sprinkler, and production equipment.
• Position will develop experience in HVAC field engineering, technical support, reviewing vendor technical product data, system design and configuration management (ductwork, balancing, fans, emissions, hoods, flow capacity, particulate capture and transport velocities, etc.), system construction, maintenance and modifications, and troubleshooting.

• Responsibilities will include directing work assignments of engineering service providers and contractors to design and construct shipyard facilities in a safe manner for production use

• Use of software tools may include Inventor, AutoCAD, Microsoft Project and a variety of other applications

Must Have

Bachelor’s degree and 2 years’ experience OR Master’s degree and 0 years’ experience OR PDP apprentice certificate and  1 year of engineering experience.  Newport News Shipbuilding requires a Bachelor’s Degree in engineering from an ABET accredited program.

Nice to Have

•    Strong project management, communication, organizational and computer skills are essential.
•    Ability to work independently and be a part of cross-functional teams in accomplishment of complex tasks.
•    Ability to address technical, quality and business aspects of a project is essential.
•    Ability to complete assigned tasks on schedule and within budget is a must
•    Familiarity with International Building Codes, ACGIH, AMCA, ASHRAE, ASME, EPA, NEC, and OSHA regulations preferred.


We serve the heroes who protect our freedom. Our 44,000-strong team builds 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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