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Newport News, Virginia, United States

Date:  Mar 27, 2024

Req ID: 35548 
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

The Reactor Plant Planning Yard (RPPY) provides mission-driven engineering and design technical services supporting the U.S. Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program (NNPP).  As a professional on our team, the candidate will play an integral role in the design, testing, fielding, supporting and troubleshooting of reactor and steam plant components and systems for the Navy's NIMITZ-class aircraft carriers.  The candidate will work in an agile, team-oriented environment, which will provide the opportunity to engage in diverse tasks, such as collaborative research, design, analysis, and testing.  The candidate will apply sound engineering and design principles to plan, document, and present technical solutions to the management team, teammates and customers.


Typical responsibilities include; however, not limited to:

  • Becoming the subject matter expert on the design, operation, and maintenance for assigned components and systems. 
  • Applying engineering expertise to resolve fleet issues associated with assigned systems in a timely manner.  Limited travel may be required.
  • Developing technical recommendations and reports, often requiring integration across multiple engineering disciplines.
  • Developing procedures to be used by Navy personnel to safely operate components and systems.
  • Defining system-level requirements for design changes or modifications to assigned systems.
  • Developing procedures and performing laboratory testing of components and/or systems to verify technical requirements and ensure robustness of design.
  • Developing, evaluating, and testing new concepts.


This benchmark is intended to be used by companies that have generic classifications engaged in research and/or product development encompassing primarily one or more of the following engineering disciplines: electronics, electrical, mechanical, and/or chemical.

Must Have

Bachelor's Degree and 9 years of relevant exempt experience; 
Master’s Degree and 7 years of relevant professional experience; 
Ph.D. and 4 years of experience.

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

Nice to Have

  • CVN68 Class Reactor Plant fluid systems and component design
  • Proven expertise in developing optimal reactor plant fluid
  • System design solutions to improve plant operability, reliability,
  • Maintainability, and safety; and successfully implementing those design
  • Modifications into CVN68 Class ship reactor plant fluid systems via ShipAlt
  • Information Packages
  • Rapidly resolving highly complex technical problems for reactor plant fluid systems and components via Liaison Action Requests (LARs)
  • Knowledge of the reactor plant operations, NAVSUP
  • provisioning requirements and qualification requirements for replacement
  • components
  • Knowledge of valves, pumps, heat exchangers, filters, etc
  • Experience in engineering piping systems and components.
  • Testing in shipboard or laboratory environment a plus.
  • Familiar with technical manuals and military specifications. 
  • Navy or shipyard experience a plus.
  • Will consider a mechanical engineer.


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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