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Newport News, Virginia, United States

Date:  Jul 17, 2024

Req ID: 37959 
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 Shock Engineering and Advanced Analysis team is looking for an engineer with structural or mechanical background for support of all platforms (CVN, Special Projects, VCS, SSNX). This is an opportunity to join our growing team to contribute and influence the Navy's future and work on a broad spectrum of exciting projects and problems.

•    The candidate will perform dynamic structural (shock) analyses utilizing finite element analysis (FEA) methods with the pre-/post-processor (FEMAP and NASTRAN, Abaqus, Hypermesh, Government codes) computer applications, perform hand calculations using textbook methods, and develop engineering calculation reports, check structural analyses reports
•    The candidate will be working in an environment where technical growth opportunities abound, and will be responsible for leading dynamic and transient analysis methods, underwater explosion analysis and related projects, and will be responsible for training and mentoring junior engineers in these areas
•    The candidate will be relied on as a project lead to plan, execute, and ensure objectives are met for projects of various scope


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

•    Background in fluid-structure interaction
•    Extensive knowledge of structural response and design requirements for surface ship or submarines
•    Extensive knowledge and experience with Finite Element Analysis software (Femap, Hypermesh, and/or Abaqus) and related first-principles methods
•    Experience in nonlinear material response, structural dynamics, mechanical response, and vibrations 
•    Detailed experience and knowledge in shock qualification methods and requirements, including testing and extensions
•    Ability to execute new programs and old, i.e. FORTRAN, Matlab, python, etc.
•    Ability to lead a team of junior engineers toward group and project goals
•    Leadership, mentoring and training experience
•    Skilled at project management with an ability to plan and execute tasks to meet program objectives
•    Experience working with NAVSEA and naval warfare centers (NUWC, NSWC-CD, NSWC-PD, NSWC-IHD)
•    Ability to communicate with internal and external customers in a professional manner
•    Skilled at technical writing and reporting and oral communication
•    Experience with high performance computing systems and nonlinear advanced analysis methods

•    Eventual SECRET clearance


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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