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Newport News Shipbuilding Marine Trades Trainee Programs

Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of HII, has partnered with the Virginia Ship Repair Association and local Virginia community colleges and maritime training facilities to offer several course-to-hire Marine Trades Training (MTT) programs for individuals interested in learning a trade and working full-time for Newport News Shipbuilding.

$500 sign-on bonuses, $1,500 for relocation! Job seekers must apply by June 1, 2022 to be eligible for the hiring incentives.

Courses are offered once a month with 8-10 students per class. 

How it Works:

  1. APPLY for the program(s) you are interested in – candidates must be 18 or older, a U.S. citizen, and be able to work any of our 3 shifts – when applying you must complete the entire application and provide up to 7 years of work experience (if applicable to you)
  2. Selected candidates will be scheduled for an interview, background check, and drug screen and physical
  3. Candidates that successfully complete the pre-hiring process then pay $250 tuition fee to the community college where training is taking place
  4. Complete the training program
  5. Candidates that successfully complete the training will start working for Newport News Shipbuilding full-time
  6. Once employee starts work, NNS will reimburse the $250 tuition fee back to the employee

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Read our FAQs

Deck Electrician Trainee Program

$500 Sign-On Bonus, $1,500 for relocation! 

Program offered at Thomas Nelson Community College (Hampton, VA)

2-week program (80 hours)
7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Monday thru Friday)

Deck Electricians work on many electrical systems aboard the ship including lighting, power distribution, communications or navigation. Deck Electricians can quickly switch between different tasks ranging from lighting and receptacle hook-ups, installing wire way racks and electrical controls, lighting maintenance, and performing preventative maintenance

APPLY

Fitter Trainee Program

$500 Sign-On Bonus, $1,500 for relocation! 

Program offered at Camp Community College (Suffolk),  Thomas Nelson Community College (Hampton, VA) and Tidewater Community College (Portsmouth, VA)

3-week program (120 hours)
7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Monday thru Friday)

Fitters are often called “carpenters of steel.” Fitters weld ship ceilings, floors, hulls and walls. Experience in carpentry, construction and mechanics lends itself to a career as a Fitter.

APPLY

Machinist Trainee Program

$500 Sign-On Bonus, $1,500 for relocation! 

Program offered at Camp Community College (Suffolk, VA)

Two-week program (80 hours)
7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Monday thru Friday)

Inside Machinists work in NNS shops operating various manual and CNC machines. Inside Machinists are responsible for troubleshooting operations and performing quality inspections.

Outside Machinists work on propellers and shafts, elevators, periscopes, missile and torpedo launchers, turbines, pumps, valves, diesel engines, air conditioning, catapults, steering gear and dive planes. Outside Machinists work with various complex tools and and machinery and can work indoor or outside in all climates.

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*A $2,500 sign-on bonus is now being offered to participants that successfully complete this program who hold an Active Security Clearance (Confidential, Secret, Top) 

Marine Coatings Trainee Program

$500 Sign-On Bonus, $1,500 for relocation! 

Program offered at Tidewater Community College (Norfolk, VA)

Two-week program (80 hours)
7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Monday thru Friday)

Nearly every element aboard a ship requires coatings. Painters are responsible for a wide variety of marine coating systems. Painters wear a respirator often and must be clean shaven daily.

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Pipe Fitter Trainee Program

$500 Sign-On Bonus, $1,500 for relocation! 

Program offered at Tidewater Community College (Portsmouth, VA)

Pipe fitters are responsible for more than 23 MILES of pipe on a nuclear submarine and more than 230 MILES of pipe on a nuclear aircraft carrier. WOW! As a Pipe fitter, you will learn how to read blueprints, fabricate, install, inspect, and test the many piping systems onboard a ship. The ability to perform mathematical conversions is required.

3-week program (120 hours)
7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Monday thru Friday)

APPLY NOW

*A $2,500 sign-on bonus is now being offered to participants that successfully complete this program who hold an Active Security Clearance (Confidential, Secret, Top) 

Welder Trainee Program

$500 Sign-On Bonus, $1,500 for relocation! 

Programs offered at Camp Community College (Suffolk),  Thomas Nelson Community College (Hampton, VA) and Tidewater Community College (Portsmouth, VA)

3-week program (120 hours)
7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Monday thru Friday)

As a NNS welder, you will first be qualified through the shipyard’s nationally recognized welding school. Welders weld (not fabricate) using a wide range of filler metals and welding processes to perform structural and/or pipe welds in all phases of ship construction. We employ the most skilled nuclear welders in the nation.

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Marine Insulator Trainee Program

$500 Sign-On Bonus, $1,500 for relocation!

Program offered at QED Systems in Norfolk, VA

One week program (40 hours)
7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Monday thru Friday)

As a NNS insulator, you will remove, repair, and install various types of insulation, including fiberglass, calcium silicate, and rubatex from piping systems, ventilation systems, and various components and structures throughout the ship.

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Sheet Metal Trainee Program

$500 Sign-On Bonus now offered, $1,500 for relocation! 

Program offered at Tidewater Community College in Portsmouth, VA

Two-week program (80 hours)
7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Monday thru Friday)

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Frequently Asked Questions


Q: When will I start classes?

A: Once selected candidates complete the Newport News Shipbuilding hiring process, which includes a background investigation, drug screen and physical, they will be scheduled to participate in the next available class.

Q: Do I need to purchase any equipment to participate in the classes?

A: Yes, all participates will be required to purchase their own safety shoes/steel toe boots.

Q: What if I’ve already completed an OSHA 10 class, do I need to take it again?

A: Yes, candidates in the MTT programs are required to complete OSHA 10 Maritime training, regardless of previous certifications or experience. OSHA 10 is offered by the Virginia Ship Repair Association (VSRA).

Q: What happens if I miss a class?

A: NNS requires 100% participation, however if circumstances arise causing you to miss a class, we recommend you notify the school and instructor immediately. Absences will be handled on a case by case basis.

Q: What if I don’t pass/graduate from the MTT program?

A: The original job offer from Newport News Shipbuilding will be rescinded. However, candidates are encouraged to apply for other MTT programs or entry-level positions with NNS where no experience is required.

Q: When will I start working full-time for Newport News Shipbuilding?

A: Candidates that successfully graduate from the MTT program will be scheduled for the next available start date, usually within 1-2 weeks of completing the program. However, candidates will be given select dates to choose from.

Q: Can I choose my work shift with Newport News Shipbuilding?

A: No, NNS work shifts are based on work production needs. You will be assigned your shift during orientation.

Q: What if I had a vacation or personal matter already planned that would now be during the NNS 120-day probationary period?

A: We recommend you notify your foreman as soon as you start work with NNS.

Q: When will the $250 tuition fee be reimbursed?

A: Within 2-4 weeks after starting work with Newport News Shipbuilding.

Q: When do we get pay increases?

A: MTT program graduates start at pay grade 5 and will receive automatic increases per the United Steelworkers Union (USW) negotiated contract.

Q: Who do I contact for questions?

A: For questions regarding the training program, please contact the school. For questions about the hiring process, including start dates, please contact your NNS recruiter.