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FITTER TRAINEE (Carpenter, Construction, Steel Fab, Mechanic)


Newport News, Virginia, United States

Job Description

Fitters are often called the "carpenters" of shipbuilding or "Artists of Steel". Fitters read, interpret, plan and execute from drawings and procedures. Fitters measure, cut, grind, fit, align and tack weld parts as small your finger nail to the large sub-assemblies and super lifts that form the structural body of the ship. Fitters must have strong math skills and a good mechanical aptitude. Fitters build in-place all interior structures, hatches, doors, bulkheads, etc., to complete all the steel work in the ship. Fitters are expected to climb and work in high areas or crawl and work in cramped confine spaces and perform tasks with all kinds of working conditions in-between. A fitter will apply their skills in the shops, platens, dry-docks and onboard ships in support of new construction, ship repair and ship overhauls. Watch this trainee video to learn more: Trainee Video


The Fitter Trainee program is a joint partnership between Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, Workforce Development, and several local Virginia Community Colleges.  This program provides a candidate with the unique opportunity to build a career in shipbuilding.

This course is 3 weeks (120 hours) long designed to prepare candidates to enter the Fitter Program at NNS.  The course will cover safety, an introduction to basic welding skills, a validation of basic welder competencies required to be a successful Fitter, and an evaluation of employability skills.  This program is designed to be 90% hands-on, focusing on a candidate's ability to follow verbal & written instruction, display manual dexterity consistent with tack welding often done as a Fitter, accomplish specific tasks in a reasonable time, and perform all activities in a safe manner. 

All candidate are required to complete a NNS job application.  Selected candidates will be scheduled to complete work keys testing, and an interview.  Offers of employment will be given to those candidates selected to participate in this program.  The offer will include several contingencies including a drug scree, physical, and background check.  once the candidate has cleared the drug screen and physical, they will be accepted in to the program. 

The Training program will be for 3 weeks from 7am to 3:30pm, Monday - Friday.  If selected to participate in this training program, then the candidate will need to complete the college's enrollment process and pay a $250 tuition fee to the community college where the training will take place.  With the completion of the training program, along with meeting all other contingencies previously mentioned, the candidate will be given a start to work date through Newport News Shipbuilding and hired as a Fitter.  Once the employee starts to work, they will be reimbursed the $250 (subject to tax withholding) by NNS.

Basic Qualifications
Candidates must able to work at extreme heights or small confined spaces. Must be able to kneel, squat, crawl, bend, stoop, and climb. Must be able to lift 40 lbs and must take and pass a respirator fit test. Must be able to work assigned shift as production needs. Must be able to pass Work Keys testing requirements and Physical Agility Test.
Preferred Qualifications
High school graduate or equivalent preferred.

Req ID: 303 

Travel Required: No 

Shift: Multiple 

Relocation: No relocation assistance available 

Education: None 

Virtual/Telework Opportunity: No-Teleworking is not available for this position 

US Citizenship Required for this Position: Yes 

Clearance Type: No - Clearance Not Required to Start  


Company Statement:

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division provides a wide range of professional services through its Fleet Support, Mission Driven Innovative Solutions, Nuclear & Environmental, and Oil & Gas groups. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs more than 40,000 people operating both domestically and internationally.


EEO Statement:

Huntington Ingalls Industries is an Equal Opportunity/Vets and Disabled Employer. U.S. Citizenship may be required for certain positions.