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Newport News, Virginia, United States

Date:  May 5, 2024

Req ID: 35793 
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, 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

Analyzes, researches and develops structural engineering specifications involving metals, non-metallic or composite structural materials for product design, or operation of product to include structures, mechanical, hydraulic, electrical and electronics, power plant, armament, heating and ventilating, equipment and maintenance designs. Analyzes damage tolerance, durability, design allowables and structural modeling. Specific structural engineering specialties may include dynamics and loads, stability and stress fatigue and thermal analysis. Tools utilized may include CATIA, IDEAS, ProEngineer and a variety of software applications.


This position is for an Engineer Structural 2 in the Submarine Hull Planning Yard and Fleet Support group. The successful applicant will support the construction, ship alteration, maintenance, and modernization of SSN688 (Los Angeles) Class and the forward end of the SSN21 (SeaWolf) Class as well as perform internal research and development (IRAD) and specialized technical assessments.


Additional responsibilities to include, but not limited to:

  • Maintain the ability to switch focus from long-term projects to quick turnaround, prioritized analyses to support urgent liaison requests from numerous installing activities
  • Learn/utilize Mathcad for hand calculations and learn/perform Finite Element Analysis (FEA) using FEMAP for modelling and NASTRAN for processing
  • Learn/apply basic AutoCAD or ShipWorks to measure and extract essential geometric data to facilitate finite element modeling
  • Apply technical writing skills to provide comprehensive engineering reports. Develop effective verbal communication proficiency and be well-organized and be able to translate subject matters into presentations for varied levels of NNS management and customers
  • Perform onboard site surveys (shipchecks) to gather crucial, pertinent information for structural design and calculations

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 should have the following:

  • Knowledge to conduct general structural analyses using the allowable stress design method 
  • Be a motivated enthusiastic individual with the willingness to learn and apply technically sound approaches and principals to resolve structural engineering problems, with varying complexities
  • Be able to drive issues to completion to meet scheduling needs while maintaining technical rigor
  • The ability to work independently as well as in a team environment; this may often involve multi-disciplinary interactions and mentor-mentee learning opportunities
  • Established familiarity with FEMAP 2020.2, NASTRAN 2022.1, MathCAD 15, AutoCAD 2020, ShipWorks 2020


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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