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Newport News, Virginia, United States

Date:  Apr 3, 2024

Req ID: 35929 
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:  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

Plans, organizes and manages the fire protection engineering function under senior management direction. Responsible for directing all activities associated with fire protection engineering, including the development and implementation of a comprehensive program to ensure effective monitoring of each operating site's activities to assess fire protection and life safety implications. Responsible for the review of all building construction designs, fire protection oversight and audit programs, fire loss control methodologies, fire safety inspection reports, property damage investigation reports and fire prevention training activities. Develops short and long range plans to maintain the highest standards of fire protection. Maintains state-of-the-art knowledge in areas of responsibility through contacts with industry peers and involvement with fire protection engineering associations. Develops new policies and procedures to incorporate fire protection standards promulgated by NFPA, OSHA, EPA, DOE, DOD and other Federal, State and local agencies. Guides the establishment of monitoring and control procedures. Directs all investigation and analysis of all facets of any major fire within the organization to determine the origin, cause, and what, if any breakdown in the fire protection plans and procedures may have occurred. Develops remedial plans for approval by senior management. Provides leadership direction to supervisory and professional staff in the functional unit. 

At NNS, this position will lead a technical team comprised of approximately 4 Fire Safety Engineers and Fire Safety Technicians to support the implementation and auditing responsibilities defined within NAVSEA 8010. This position will also oversee the updates to the Health and Safety Manual in relation to Fire Prevention to incorporate the requirements of the NAVSEA 8010 Manual, Emergency Action Plans including the tracking of Fire Wardens, Fire Drills, and Inspections, Shipyard Fire Response Plans to include Fire Data Tracking, Analysis for ships and land-based facilities. The position also participates in local, NAVSEA and CNIC Audits, as well as Fire Safety Inspections and development of reports. The position sets Policy and provides overall regulatory oversite.



Must Have

Bachelor's Degree and 6 years of progressive technical experience in research, engineering and design; Master?s Degree and 4 years of relevant experience

Newport News Shipbuilding requires a Bachelor's Degree in engineering from an ABET accredited program.


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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