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Newport News, Virginia, United States

Date:  Jun 3, 2024

Req ID: 35721 
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

This position is in support of the U.S. Navy’s GERALD R. FORD Class aircraft carrier Propulsion Plant Planning Yard (PPPY), whose Engineered Components team is responsible for maintaining the design of complex mechanical and electrical machinery within the propulsion plant, such as heat exchangers, steam turbines, reduction gears, diesel engines, electric generators, pumps, and motor and valve controllers.  The PPPY supports aircraft carrier new construction, testing, and delivery; in-service maintenance; and fleet operations.  Areas of responsibility encompass procurement of new machinery and technical support of in-service machinery.  The procurement activities include defining design objectives, establishing specifications and requirements, overseeing suppliers to ensure their products meet these objectives and requirements, and ensuring delivery of technically compliant products that support ship construction and test schedules.  The technical support activities include supporting shipyard and Navy personnel who operate the propulsion plant by liaising between these activities and machinery manufacturers, assisting with ship construction and repair, providing advanced troubleshooting guidance, and identifying beneficial design improvements and maintenance practices.  Strong technical writing skills, the ability to proactively identify and resolve technical design issues, and the interpersonal skills necessary to collaborate with Navy civilian and uniformed customers, supplier partners, shipyard trades, engineers, project managers, and business professionals are required.


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.

Must Have

Bachelor's Degree and 5 years of relevant exempt experience; 
Master’s Degree and 3 years of relevant professional experience; 
Ph.D. and 0 years of experience.

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

Nice to Have

•    Design knowledge of propulsion plant components
•    Experience supporting Navy/DoD programs, preferably Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, that includes interfacing with NAVSEA and its prime contractors, equipment suppliers, and shipyard trades and engineering 
•    Excellent verbal and written communication skills 
•    Experience with end-user support and troubleshooting 
•    Experience working with suppliers on product development and improvement 
•    Basic engineering project management skills (e.g., planning, organizing, monitoring, reporting, and leading meetings and briefings)  
•    Intermediate engineering project management skills that include the preceding plus budget and schedule management  
•    Experience leading a technical project team of career-level and junior engineers  
•    Ability to work with multiple departments, suppliers, and customers to accomplish moderate to complex technical and project objectives 
•    Ability to apply engineering and critical thinking principles to develop technical solutions for the most complex problems while maintaining the design integrity of plant machinery 
•    Desire to teach and mentor junior engineers by developing formal and informal training in individual, classroom, and hands-on settings  
•    Engineers from all ABET-accredited disciplines are encouraged to apply


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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